When I first got a Dachshund, I knew nothing about them.
Today, some people would call me a “fanatic”.
Between doing research for my blog, and via my friends in the Dachshund club that I run, I have probably learned most of what there is to know about wiener dogs.
I thought I’d share a few fun facts and things that surprise most people when I tell them.
1) Dachshunds Are Hunting Dogs
When most people think of hunting dogs, big dogs like Labrador Retrievers, Shorthaired Pointers, and Coonhounds come to mind. There are several smaller dogs that were bred for hunting too though.
According to Wikipedia, “The standard size Dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature Dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the United States, they have also been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs.”
The name “Dachshund” literally means “badger dog,” from Dachs (“badger”) and Hund (“hound, dog”) in Germany, where they originated. If you want to be proper, the name should be pronounced with a German accent – DAKS-huunt (or hoont).
Because they were bred for hunting, they have a very strong prey drive. Fast moving, and furry, objects will almost always get their attention and don’t be surprised if they make a scene.