The American Kennel Club lists the Dachshund as one of the top ten breeds in the United States. Bred for his short stature, long body and keen sense of smell, the Dachshund is superior at flushing out burrowing animals. His name literally means, “badger dog” in German.
Dachshunds can have smooth, wirehaired or longhaired coat. Wirehaired are the most popular variety in the UK, and the least popular in the US. The most common color is red, followed by black and tan, but many other colors have been produced in breeding.
The miniature variety of dachshund was bred to hunt smaller animals like rabbits and even prairie dogs. He loves to hunt. It’s in his blood. After all, he is a member of the hound family.
Some believe the Dachshund has roots all the way back to ancient Egypt where carvings of short-legged hunting dogs have been discovered. Researchers have also found mummified dogs resembling Dachshunds. But the dog we know today is a creation of German breeding of hounds and terriers. An interesting fact is that Queen Victoria kept the breed in her royal court.
Other famous Dachshund owners are, Jack Ruby, famous for killing J.F.K’s murderer owned one named Sheba and at one time had ten Doxies. Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President had one while in the White House. Andy Warhol, famous pop artist had a pair he named Archie and Amos.
Pablo Picasso’s Dachshund was named Lump, pronounced Loomp (German for rascal) and a book was written, telling the story of their life. Last but not least is Adele, one of my favorite singers. She has a Dachshund named Louie, named after Louis Armstrong.
According to the AKC “the Dachshund’s (temperament) is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness.” He doesn’t seem to know or care that he’s small and will challenge larger dogs. One character trait of the Dachshund is his innate stubbornness.
Another famous Doxy lover not mentioned above is author, E.B. White who wrote such beloved children’s books as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. White wrote the following quote concerning his dog, Fred.
“Being the owner of Dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the Dachshund and why he can’t be trained and shouldn’t be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian Club than induce a Dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.”
STUBBORNNESS…Clearly the Dachshund is a stubborn dog. Think of the most stubborn person you can in the Bible. My mind goes directly to Pharaoh. There’s clearly no other man who showed such blatant stubbornness.
BLOOD, FROGS, GNATS, FLIES, LIVESTOCK, BOILS, HAIL LOCUSTS AND EVEN DARKNESS. And still, he wouldn’t let those Israelites go.
The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” Exodus 11:9
At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Exodus 12:29
“In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go…” Exodus 13:14-15a
Is the Dachshund as stubborn as the Pharaoh? Probably not, but obviously their reputation precedes them. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind having a mini-Dachshund. I think their kind of cute!