The origin of Dachshunds dates back to the 15th century in Germany, although similar dogs are recorded in Egyptian and Mexican art.
Dach means ‘badger’ and hund means ‘dog’. The long-haired dachshund is usually short-legged, but not small. It is a medium-sized foreleg hound, measuring about 35 cm and weighing between 9-12 kg as an adult. It has a smooth, soft and attractive coat in different colours.
Dachshunds have a tendency to suffer from disc problems due to their long back, so they are not a good option for someone who has a lot of stairs at home.
The standard for this German breed was established in 1879 and the breeder’s club was founded in 1888. Dachshunds came to Britain from Prince Albert and became popular in Britain and America during the 19th century.
The Dachshund is very lively, daring and courageous. It can be stubborn, with an independent streak, but the long-haired one is usually more calm and obedient than the other two varieties.