Dogs 101: Dachshund Fun Facts About Your Weiner – Animal Facts

‘Nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle
more quickly and effectively than a Dachshund.’ – Queen Victoria One of the most recognizable dog breeds on
Earth, the dachshund is also one of the most popular. But how well do you really know them? Did you know packs of Dachshunds were used
to trail wild boar? Do you have an incredibly cute image in your
head now? Let’s discover 10 amusing facts about the
We all love the wiener dog’s amusing and unique body shape, but the breed wasn’t bred that
way just to maximize cuteness. Originally bred to hunt badgers, these hounds
are shaped to allow easy access in and out of badger setts, a name given to badger layers. The name Dachshund comes from the German ‘Dachs’
meaning ‘badger’ and ‘hund’ meaning dog. According to the American Kennel Club, Americans
called the dog ‘Badger Dog’ during the postwar years to disassociate the breed from his German
origins. Today their versatility makes them excellent
family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters. DACHSHUNDS ARE THE SMALLEST DOG BREED USED
FOR HUNTING Dachshunds are not as tiny as Chihuahuas or
Yorkshire terriers, but those other breeds were never meant for more than companionship. Dachshunds, who excel at hunting small game,
are the smallest of the hound breeds. Don’t let the weiner’s cuteness make youunderestimate
how scrappy it is. The American Kennel Club’s breed standard
even includes this tough-as-nails note: “Inasmuch as the dachshund is a hunting dog, scars from
honorable wounds shall not be considered a fault.” DACHSHUNDS MAKE GREAT WATCH DOGS This breed is notorious for being hyper alert. A dachshund will unleash a gale of barking
to let you know when a stranger is at the door or walking by on the sidewalk or three
miles away. In fact, a 2008 study in the journal Applied
Animal Behaviour Science ranked the diminutive dachshund as the most aggressive of all breeds. DACHSHUNDS ARE THE 10TH MOST POPULAR DOG BREED
IN AMERICA According to the AKC’s registration statistics,
the dachshund currently is the 10th most popular dog breed in the United States. That position remains the same from the previous
year, but it represent a popularity drop from seventh in 2008 and fifth in 2003. Will dachshunds fall out of the top 10 this
year? Comment your thoughts below. DACHSHUNDS WERE QUEEN VICTORIA’s belove hounds Queen Victoria was a dog lover who owned many
dogs of different breeds. Her consort, Prince Albert, introduced her
to dachshunds around the time of their marriage in 1840. The breed soon became a favorite of the queen,
which raised its profile and popularity around England. Queen Victoria is even quoted as saying that
STUBBORNNESS The great writer E.B. White was a lover of dachshunds and wrote
frequently about his own Doxie, Fred. Although his affection for dachshunds is unquestioned,
White wrote frankly about the breed’s shortcomings saying, “Being the owner of dachshunds, to
me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot.” DACHSHUNDS HAVE INSPIRED THE WORK OF FAMOUS
VISUAL ARTISTS Pablo Picasso was a dog fanatic, and owned
several breeds. His favorite was Lump, a dachshund, whose
story is told in the book, “Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey.” Andy Warhol also was a great fan of dachshunds,
although at first he adopted only because it was what his partner wanted. But Warhol fell in the love with the breed. He often was seen in public with his dog,
Archie, until he got a second dachshund, Amos, to keep Archie company. Both artists incorporated their favorite dog
breed into their paintings. DOXIE’S COME IN THREE SIZES Many people are so used to seeing a miniature
Dachshund, they forget that the standard size exist, and it can be almost triple the size
of the mini. The mini is usually around 11 pounds and hunted
small vermin while the larger, 32-pound dog hunted the badger. In Germany, they come in a third size, in
between the miniature and the standard. Another trait people are not always aware
of is that the doxie comes in the popular smooth coat as well as a longhaired and a
wire-haired. All three coats are acceptable in the show
ring. THEY WERE THE FIRST OLYMPIC MASCOT The very first Olympic mascot in the history
of the Games was Waldie a dachshund for the 1972 Munich Olympics. a German graphic designer created Waldi for
the Summer Games. That year the Olympic marathon route was designed
to be in the shape of a dog. YOU CAN FIND WEINER DOG RACES Ever wondered where this came from? They started in the 1970’s in Australia, where
they raced other breeds as well. The events are meant to be more fun than anything,
since obviously the breed was not bred for racing. The Wienerschnitzel Weiner Nationals is held
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18 Responses

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  2. nancymrd says:

    Currently watching this while cuddling with my dachshund ❤️

  3. Audra Sieger says:

    I love dogs! I have a dachshund and her name is Chloe ! ❤️❤️🐶

  4. camryn gavin says:

    My dachshund is a brat but I love her kisses

  5. Eccentric Nature says:

    I'm gonna have to watch your other videos about small dogs because after watching this, I don't think my wife will be quite as excited about the possibility of getting one!

  6. Farokh Persia says:

    I have dachshund and Jack Russell half day they fight and another half day they just love each other best dogs ever 😍

  7. Jeirah PH says:

    I also have a duchshund his name was lucas! he loves fluffy things,he is crazy and he lives to dig! I love him so much

  8. Sarah Beth says:

    My doxies have all been brats and attention seekers. If one gets attention, the others go nuts and nose their way between me and the others

  9. GREG LEGAKIS says:

    Stop saying "Dotsun!? It's Dock-sund.

  10. Doxin_King says:

    My dachshund farts a lot…….


  11. Kyle says:

    Snuggle under covers. Corn chip smelling feet and very nosey

  12. Marie John 3:16 says:

    My favorite breed. They are great watch dog's very protective.

  13. Jess Nels says:

    Dachshunds are NOT great family dogs. They are rated terrible for families and children. As much as I love them, since starting a family I refuse to get one with small children.

  14. Teresa Barber says:

    Our Lucy, is very barky. She is very dangerous. She will lick you to death!! ❤❤❤❤❤

  15. Isaac Lawson says:

    Is there a dachshund rescue site? I have one that was living in a kennel deep in the woods in really bad shape. Cute little guy with what looks like blown out pupils. You can tell he can't see well but still tons of energy. Colors I've never seen before in the breed. Grey, white, and tans. Less than a year old still.

  16. Dave Klem says:

    I had two miniature dachshunds sometime in 2005, 2006 and part of 2007. I had to give them up for adoption for personal reasons. I will never forget them. It was a great time in my life with those two companions. I hope to have more again one day.

  17. I love no bullshit xxx says:

    in Australia we pronounce it 'DASH- HOUND'
    not DOXHUND

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