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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Dachshunds

5) The First Olympic Mascot Was a Dachshund

The first official mascot in the history of the Olympic Summer Games – the 1972 Munich Olympic Games – was Waldi the Dachshund (Olympic.org)Waldi the Dachshund, the first official mascot in the history of the Olympic Summer Games

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The course of the marathon was designed to incorporate the Waldi design, and during the construction phase of the 1972 Olympic stadium and village, Waldi was used in unofficial satirical posters.

6) Dachshunds Live a Long Time

You may be surprised that Dachshunds have a long life expectancy.

Dachshunds live to be 15-16 years old on average. However, not all make it that long and some live longer.

Based on my observations, and experience through my Dachshund club members, it seems that there are 3 main “age” categories for Dachshunds – those that only make it to 11 or 12, those that live to be 15 or 16, and those that live to be 18 or older.

There is some debate about the oldest age of a Dachshund, but the oldest Dachshund in the world might be Rocky, who lived to be at least 25.

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