Wiener Dog Trivia

Congratulations!  Your interest in adopting a Miniature Dachshund makes you as uniquely extraordinary as the tail-wagging, tongue-licking little one who soon will become a member of your family.

But really, after gazing into their eyes, is there anyone who can resist instantly falling in love with these precious little ones? We think not. And that's been the case for centuries.

Scour the internet and you'll find lots of interesting facts about Dachshund history and where the breed got its origins. Some trace its roots back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, South America and China, and tout rock and tomb drawings as proof. Yet the Dachshund we know and love today seems to have originated in Germany in the early 1600s.

That explains why there are so many Dachshund, enjoying the festivities during annual Octoberfest celebrations.

The breed derives its name from the Dachshund, which in German means badger dog. Bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit, the Dachshund has shortened legs to hunt and follow these animals into the ground inside the burrows where they could fight the prey to death.

With our apologies to Cheech & Chong, if this breed had a motto, it could easily be ''Badgers? Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!'' And there you have it.

So don't be surprised if you find your Dachshund chasing after smaller pets, digging holes in your backyard or burrowing under the covers on your bed. With their big personalities, these little ones can be stubborn and may want to do things their way, but you won't have any trouble training them - and them you!

Dachshunds, which are lovingly referred to as ''wiener dogs'' or ''hot dogs,'' have been one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. since the 1950s. It is said that President Grover Cleveland and Pablo Picasso both had Dachshunds for pets.

Belonging to the hound group of dogs, Dachshunds are generally three times long as they are tall and they come with three different coats - smooth hair, wire hair and long hair. Each is beautiful in its own way but as we said in the beginning, it's those eyes that will have you from the get-go.

Livable, laughable , lovable- it's no wonder that of all the dogs on this Earth, it's the Dachshund who can coax a smile out of anyone!

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