Nine interesting facts about dachshunds that every owner should know
Dachshunds, or, as they are more commonly referred to these days, sausage dogs. They’ve been a popular breed for years but in recent times their popularity has soared. And it’s easy to see why. With their long backs and short legs, they are unique looking dogs with personalities that match.
- They come in 15 colours!
Most people are well accustomed to seeing the usual red, black and tan Dachshunds but what many aren’t aware of is that these dogs can actually come in a whopping 15 different colour combinations. They also have 6 different marking patterns and their coats can be smooth, long, or wire-haired.
- The Dachshund was the first UK cloned dog
Rebecca Smith won a contest in 2014 to have her 12-year-old Dachshund, Winnie, cloned. The cloned puppy, Minnie Winnie, was conceived in a test tube and then born in Seoul back in 2014.
- They were bred to be hunting dogs
Dachshunds were first bred over 300 years ago in Germany to hunt badgers. Hence their name, which literally translates as ‘badger hound’.
- They were used in war propaganda
Due to their German heritage, the Dachshund was often used to negatively portray Germany in propaganda during World War I. It took decades for the breed’s popularity to recover following on from the production of the wartime adverts.
- They are the smallest dogs in the AKC Hound group
They might be small, but they are still mighty. Initially bred as hunting dogs, the Dachshunds can be feisty little animals and so you shouldn’t let their size fool.
- They are popular among the royals.
Over Queen Victoria is known for stating that “nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle more quickly and effectively than Dachshund. Princess Margaret was also partial to a Dachshund and had her own, Pipkin who went on to breed with the Queen’s Corgis, thus producing an informally named breed now known as a ‘Dorgi’.
- Dachshunds are both smart and stubborn
As they were originally bred to be hunting dogs, Dachshunds are tenacious little dogs that do not back down, have the ability to think for themselves and will often keep at a problem until they work out how to solve it. While these are admirable traits for such a small breed to possess, this can also lead to them being able to figure out things that you definitely do not want them to know how to do.
- They have an impressive lifespan
The average age of a Dachshund is 14 to 16 years old, but some have been known to live as long as twenty and a majority make it to at least eleven.
- The Dachshund was the first Olympic Mascot
A Dachshund named Waldie was chosen as the first Olympic mascot back in DATE and the Olympic marathon was planned out in the form of the breed’s body that year.
Written by shannon C