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Interesting Facts About Dachshunds

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Dachshunds.

Dachshunds are known to be good watchdogs and can be loyal companions. Dachshunds are popular dogs to have as pets. Some people believe that different varieties of this breed exhibit personality differences. Even though they are tiny dogs, they were bred to do some interesting work. Here are some fascinating things you may not know about the Dachshunds.

Dachshunds come in various sizes and colours

Dachshunds come in several standard colours, according to the American Kennel Club. Tan, cream, and a combination of brown and gold are some shades these dogs come in. Standard and miniature are the two sizes they generally come in when it comes to this breed. Meanwhile, their coats are smooth and long.

Dachshunds are known to be fierce

Over 300 years ago, these little dogs were bred in Germany for the purpose of hunting badgers. They are able to enter badger dens because they have short legs. Although small, these dogs can be fierce and can reportedly take on the mammals.

Dachshunds are well-liked by many famous artists

There have been many famous artists that have been drawn to Dachshunds. Famous American artist Andy Warhol’s doxie would often be with him during interviews. Picasso fell in love with David Douglas Duncan’s dachshund, Lump, when he met the little dog in 1957, it was love at first sight. This special relationship was chronicled in Duncan’s Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey. David Hockney’s two dogs, Stanley and Boodgie, were featured in 45 oil paintings and an entire book.

A dachshund was the first Olympic mascot

Dachshunds are knowns for being courageous and athletic. These were some of the reasons the dog seemed to be the ideal face for the Olympics. In 1969, the idea for Waldi the dachshund to become the mascot came to be during a Christmas party held by the 1972 Munich games’ organizing committee. Many of the attendees used crayons and modelling clay to come up with a mascot.

The first cloned dog in Britain was a dachshund

After winning a contest, A dog owner named Rebecca Smith from the UK reportedly had her 12-year-old dachshund, Winnie, cloned after winning a contest. The puppy was cared for by experts in South Korea before being sent home to smith. In 2018, the clone named Mini-Winnie even gave birth to her own puppies.

Darielle Britto

Darielle Britto has been in the world of journalism since 2014 — covering everything from breaking news to lifestyle for some of India's top publications. Currently, she focuses on all things food, fashion, travel, home, health, design and offbeat.
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