Dachshunds, affectionately known as “wiener dogs” or “doxies,” have been a beloved dog breed for centuries. Originating from Germany more than 300 years ago and bred to hunt badgers, Doxies are much loved for their unique appearance and loyal, friendly personalities. Whether you’re a Dachshund fan or curious about the breed, check out these fun facts about these charming dogs that have made them famous and adored worldwide!
Firstly, Dachshunds come in two sizes – standard and miniature. Standard are usually heavier with a weight range of 16-32 pounds, while miniature weigh just 11-16 pounds. The breed also has three coat types – smooth, wirehaired and longhaired.
What’s more, these funny-looking pups have a very distinctive bark and howl which has made them popular with celebrities like Adele, and David Hasselhoff.
Lesser known, however, is that Dachshunds can be trained and used as sniffer dogs to locate items like drugs and explosives, or even a cadaver! And thanks to their strong sense of smell, Dachshunds has taking the spotlight in Wiener Dog Races all over the US, as well as plenty of other events enterinment.
But the best part about Dachshunds is that they are incredibly loyal, devoted companions and family pets. Despite their stubby legs, Dachshunds can live up to 14 years, and there are even some which have enjoyed a longer 20 year lifespan!
Now that you have all the facts, we advise you check out our breed guide and make sure to take extra care and time when handling, exercising and looking after your new pup – as they are prone to back problems. Lastly, remember to adopt and not shop, when finding your new family member!