As beautiful as they are intelligent, the famous Dachshund has often been called the ‘hot dog’ or ‘weiner dog’. But perhaps ‘Wurst’ dog might be more accurate, as some believe they originated in Germany around the 15th century.
There is some evidence to suggest that the breed may also have been around in Greece, Egypt, China and Mexico – quite a long way for their trademark little legs to carry them.
The Miniature Longhaired Dachshund received American Kennel Club recognition in 1885. Many believe they are the result of cross breeding the longhaired Dachshund with the toy dog Papillon – resulting in the miniaturization. These dogs may well be small, but they’ve attracted a big following over the years.