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 short-haired variety of Dachshund was introduced to the United States in 1885 and received American Kennel Club recognition the same year. They are believed to be the result of crossbreeding with toy terriers and miniature pinschers. Whatever the exact mix, there’s a huge amount of love out there for these little dogs.