Dachshund Dog Breed Information
Many dog historians and experts state the Dachshund dog breed
has been around for a fairly long time now.
These experts suspect that the earliest of the Dachshund roots goes as far back as ancient Egypt where there are carvings in the wall that depict many of their hunting dogs to have short legs. The American University in Cairo quite recently found many somewhat mummified Dachshund-like dogs in the Egyptian burial urns, which further proves the theory that they began in ancient Egypt.
However, the credit really goes towards the Germans for being the creator of the modern Dachshund.
The dog came from a long line of mixed breeding with German, French, and English hounds and terriers. Their purpose was to hunt troublesome badgers, however royal courts all over Europe, and even Queen Victoria have owned and adored this Dachshund dog breed.
The first valid evidence of the Dachshund was organically called the 'Dachs Kriecher' or the 'Dachs Krieger', which basically translated to the 'Badger crawler' or the 'Badger warrior'.
These references come from very early 18th century books. It seems that there were references of 'badger dogs' and 'hole dogs' before the 18th century, but these are not likely related to the Dachshund Dog and indicate a completely different breed.
The very original Dachshund dog breed actually weighed between 30 and 40lb (14-18kg) as opposed to the more modern ones, which weigh about 9-20lb (4-9kg). The dog back than came from both straight-legged and crook-legged descendants, but modern dogs are from the crook-legged ones.
These dogs were not solely used for badger hunting or badger-baiting; they commonly were sent out to catch rabbit, fox, locate hurt deer, and, when in a pack, to hunt down large boar and dangerous wolverines.
Both the American Kennel Club and Dachshund Club of America have conflicting information as to when the Dachshund dog breed was bred for purposes of badger hunting. The American Kennel Club states it was in the 15th century when they began to breed them, but the Dachshund Club of America denies this and states that it was in the 18th to 19th century when breeding began.
The floppy ears and the curved tail were purposely bred into the dog. These floppy ears helped prevent dirt and other debris from getting into the ear canal while they hunted game. The curved tailed seemed to have two tasks, one to easily view the dog while it went through the tall grass and the other was used when the dog went too far down in a burrow, hunters would pull the tail to get the dog out of it.
Despite known back problems that quick Dog First Aid can't cure, these dogs were, and still are, used for racing. They are frequently trained to compete in this sport and a great example of this is the Wiener Nationals.
There are many races held in Texas, California, Arizona, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Minnesota. The Dachshund Club of America greatly disapproves of wiener racing because of the potential injuries the dogs can sustain.
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