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.
The wire-haired variety was emerged a little later, in the late 19th century. Some think they came about through crossing hard-coated terriers and wire-haired pinschers such as the Schnauzer, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, German Wirehaired Pointer and Scottish Terrier, all crossed with the shorthaired Dachshund.
Whatever the real mix, the result is a dog with the diminutive stature of the dachshund and the distinctive beard and wiry coat of a terrier. And the heart of a devoted and loyal friend.