Country/Date of Origin: Germany/18th Century
Made in Germany, the Dachshund was most likely bred from the same ancestors as the Basset. The six different types of Dachshunds reflect the various animals that it was used to hunt. The larger smooth haired dogs went to ground after badger and fox. The smaller smooths went to ground in the smaller den tunnels of weasels and rabbits. The long and wire haired varieties were better able to tear through brambles and thickets than their smooth coated relatives.
The breed has been popular in the United States for over a hundred years. It is one of the foundation breeds of the American Kennel Club.
A cheerful companion for both young and old.