Does the Dachshund Make a Good Family Pet?
The Dachshund, sometimes known as the sausage dog, is a small, short-legged breed of dog with an elongated body. The standard sized breed was designed to hunt and flush out badgers (in German Dachshund literally means badger dog), whereas the smaller sized version was used for hunting rabbits. Consequently, Dachshunds are energetic and tenacious animals with lots of character. Origins of the Breed Perhaps unsurprisingly, the modern Dachshund originated in Germany. However, some experts believe that the origins may of the breed may extend all the way back to Ancient Egypt, where engravings have been found that feature short-legged hunting dogs. Moreover, the American University in Cairo has made discoveries of mummified dogs that closely resemble the Dachshund. However, today’s Dachshunds, were first bred in Germany using a mixture of terrier breeds from France, Germany, and Great Britain. Bred for tracking badgers by scent, the Dachshund was used in hunting both above and below ground.