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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dachshund

Some dog experts believe that the early roots of the dachshund go back to ancient Egypt, where engravings were made featuring short-legged hunting dogs.

In its modern incarnation, the dachshund is a creation of German breeders. The name comes from one of its earliest uses - hunting badgers. In German, Dachs means "badger," Hund is "hound."

In World War I, it was patriotic in the UK to kick dachshunds.

In America during World War I, dachshunds became "liberty hounds."

Due to the association of the breed with Germany, the dachshund was chosen to be the first official mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, with the name Waldi.

A wire-haired dachshund from New York called Chanel was the longest living dachshund ever recorded . It died at 21 in 2009.

A dachshund has a long, narrow body, so it is sometimes called a wiener dog or sausage dog.

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