Written by Anna Hollisey
There are many ifs and whats involved in choosing a dog – and we’ll get into some of them here – but first, let us tell you a secret; whoever you pick will wind up being the best dog in the world. Strange but true!
Best thing about dachshunds? Everything! This charming little dog has a fun personality and generally loves life. If you tend towards gloom or pessimism, it’s going to be a lot harder with this little dude at your side. Okay. Let’s dig into some facts about this brilliant breed.
Have you ever wondered why the dachshund has its long sausage shape? Bred to wriggle into tunnels. Why? To winkle out badgers for German farmers, of course.
If you’ve ever met a badger, you may now be admiring the dachshund’s dauntless bravery. Badgers are notoriously grouchy and very good at snapping their enemies’ legs. So the dog bred to match them had to be one of the bravest, loudest, and smartest dogs in Europe. That’s the dachshund!
After being used to hunt badgers in the 17th century, these tenacious little scent-hounds were used to hunt other prey, like wild boar. In 1840 the dachshund traveled to Great Britain, where Queen Victoria fell in love with them. Soon afterwards the breed was introduced to the US, where (despite a blip in German-world relations, which saw its popularity dip) it has been adored ever since. Which, if you ask us, is only good and just.
These days you can find standard and miniature dachshunds in smooth-haired, long- and short-haired varieties, and delicious colors including tan and chocolate, blue, red, and sable.
You’re the kind of owner who loves being outdoors in any weather. But you’re not a marathon runner; you’re more of an adventurer. Dachshunds like sniffing and, well, attempting to track stuff. Thanks to their brisk and hardy upbringing, they love a walk through the woods. (If your dog’s a long-haired type, you’ll want to brush them often to get rid of that low-hanging mud!)
Perhaps you’re an owner who likes a dog to be a loyal and faithful companion. Maybe you’re alone or enjoy solitude. Dachshunds have the hearts of guard dogs and won’t be afraid to bark noisily at potential disturbers! And if you’re home a lot, they’re elated – they love to chill with their favorite people and they make excellent couch buddies.