You might know them as “wiener dogs’ for their hotdog-shaped bodies, but these funny little pups are called Dachshunds, and they’re #8 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Doxies, as they’re affectionately named, come from Germany, just like the food they resemble, and were originally used as badger hunters as far back as the 15th century. Now, these long-bodied dogs are an American family favorite, but we bet you don’t know it all when it comes to this popular breed. Here are 5 facts you need to know about the Dachshund!
1. They have a few different looks.
While the first Doxie that comes to your mind might be the light brown, short-haired type (perhaps dressed up in a hotdog costume), there are more varieties of the dog than that. The breed comes in two sizes: standard and miniature, and has three coat types: smooth, long and wirehaired. They even come in 13 recognized colors and three markings! This is one diverse breed, indeed.
2. They were the first official mascot of the Olympic Games.
According to Olympic.org, the first Olympic mascot was a Doxie at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games named Waldi, who was featured as a multi-colored striped dog. Waldi had a real-life counterpart named Cherie von Birkenhof. According to the book The Olympic Marathon, the Olympic marathon route in 1972 is said to have even been shaped like its doggy mascot!
3. They were adored by famous artists.
There’s just something about Dachshunds that artists can’t get enough of. Andy Warhol was one such fan of the breed, owning two Doxies named Archie and Amos. Another pop artist, David Hockney, filled up an entire book and created 45 oil paintings devoted to his two Doxies, Stanley and Boodgie. The great Pablo Picasso loved a Doxie named Lump so much that David Douglas Duncan wrote a book about the two, calling it Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey.
4. They like to eat.
Doxies are small, but they have big appetites! Don’t let him eat too much, or your hot dog might turn into a hot hamburger!
5. The hot dog was named after them.
This might just be the most mind-blowing fact on our list. The hot dog, as in, the German frankfurter, was named after the Dachshund, not the other way around! Although the origins of the creation of the hot dog are not exactly clear, they were first called “dachshund sausages” until their name changed to the “hot dog” we know and love today. (The current name is much more appetizing to us Dachshund lovers, too.)
Do you have a Dachshund? Share your thoughts on your darling Doxie in the comments section, below!