The Dachshund, meaning “badger dog” in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and a great sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are spirited hunters that excel in both above and below-ground work. They come in three different coat varieties (smooth, wirehaired or longhaired) and can be miniature or standard size.
The Dachshund was bred originally in Germany to flush out Badgers and other den animals in the 15th century. The breed, originally known as the Teckel, was refined by German Foresters to have the elongated shape that is advantageous for fitting into tight animal burrows. Dachshunds are often viewed as a symbol for Germany. For example, a Dachshund named Waldi was the first official mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich. Dachshunds are one of the most popular breeds in the United States, ranking 13th in AKC’s most popular breeds. The Dachshund’s personality is described as energetic, clever, and persistent to the point of stubbornness.
The name Dachshund is derived from “Dachs Krieger” meaning “Badger Warrior”, who knew your Dachshund has such a fearsome name!
Explore some Embark dogs that share Dachshund ancestry.