HISTORY OF THE DACHSHUND
Being a Dachshund lover because my Grandog Douglas happens to be one and I really love the little guy, I have decided to blog about their history.
Did you know that these little guys have been around since the 15th Century in Europe. In the 15th, 16th, and 17th Centuries, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badgers? That certainly was very long time ago. They also had the temperament of a terrier and the tracking ability of a hound.
The word "Dachshund" means "Badger Dog. Early in the 17th Century there were both smooth and longhaired Dachshunds. By the early 18th Century, the Wire Haired Dachshund emerged. German breeders early on decided that inbreeding of the different types was not a good thing.
Dachshunds weighing between 30 and 35 lbs. were often used to hunt both badger and wild boars. But, the smaller variety weighing between 18 and 22 lbs. were good for hunting foxes and hares.
The Dachshund Club of American has been promoting the breed since 1895, and in 1935 was added to the American Kennel Clubs Field Trials.
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