A BRIEF HISTORY OF DACHSHUNDS
The Dachshund was first introduced to America in the 19th century. It is a most popular breed nowadays, especially the miniature version. It is, however, a breed that dates back 600 years. German foresters in the 18th and 19th centuries sought a long, low-built dog with a high prey drive to hunt badgers. By cross-breeding a variety of dogs they produced the Dachshund, which means “badger dog” in German. Built to maneuver inside a narrow burrow and bred originally for their temperament to face the vicious badger, Dachshunds were known to hunt foxes and wild boar as well (though they were larger and heavier at the time—between 30 and 35 lbs.).
Originally, Dachshunds were bred with two types of coats—long hair and short hair. In the late 1800’s a third coat variety—wire hair—was introduced. Dachshunds were bred in two sizes in order to accommodate the hunters’ needs. Today in Europe three sizes of Dachshunds are recognized. In America only two sizes of Dachshunds are recognized—Standard and Miniature. As time passed, Dachshunds became less popular as hunting dogs and more liked for the purpose of family pets. Today, Dachshunds are an extremely devoted breed and make the best family pets. At Hoodpuppies we only have Miniature Dachshunds.