Facts about Dachshunds

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Fact 1. Dachshunds are considered to be ideal companions for singles, city dwellers, families with older children, and for hunters.

 Fact 2.   Due to the peculiar, physical structure of Dachshunds, that is a long spine and a short rib cage, they are prone to back problems. Jumping from heights can inevitably cause damage to their backbones.

Fact 3.   The Dachshund look is  considered to be low, long, and short with a muscular, balanced body.   The head is elongated and convex shaped framed by ears that are long and lie low. There are three varieties of Dachshunds:  the smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired ones. In terms of color, they range from reddish tan or yellow to combinations of chocolate, black, and gray.

Fact 4.  Dachshunds were bred in Germany with the intention of creating a dog that could dig a burrow and fight with badgers.

Fact 5.  Dachshunds have been rated as one of the top, aggressive dogs amongst 33 breeds of dogs.

Fact 6.  Dachshunds were bred from dwarf mutations of hunting hounds such as the Schweisshund  (Bloodhound) and the Bibarhund. By the 18th century, Dachshunds were created by selective breeding of dogs with shortened legs.

Fact 7.  Dachshunds, or Dachsies, were kept as royal pets by the British monarchy, notably Queen Victoria, whose favorite Dachshund, called Boy, was immortalized in a bronze statue at Windsor Castle. Due to royal patronage, Dachshunds became a favorite fashion item amongst society ladies in London during the late 19th century.

Fact 8.  Dachshunds have been mated with Corgis to form a new breed called Dorgis. Princess Margaret’s Dachshund, called Pipkin, was mated with the Queen’s Corgis resulting in the royal Dorgis.

 Fact 9. Dachshunds are also famous in the arts arena. The constant companion of Pablo Picasso was a Dachshund called Lump who used to have his own dinner plate while eating meals with Picasso. Lump has been painted in Picasso’s painting, “The Pianist.”

Fact 10.  There is ongoing research in determining the gene which causes the shortness of the Dachshund  to the evolution of dwarfism within Man.

 

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