Dachshunds are scent hound dogs bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Hunters even used packs of Dachshunds to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters.

But don’t let this pup fool you. Dogs of this breed might be, as legendary literary critic and humorous journalist H. L. Mencken said, “half a dog high and a dog and a half long,” but this small, drop-eared dog is tough enough to take on a badger. In fact, that’s how they got their name (Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog).

However, you may know them by one of their many nicknames, including Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog, Doxie, and more. If you’re looking a little pooch who will keep you on your toes and shower you with love, this may be the breed for you.

Happy Birthday!

It’s Mr. Rommel’s 13th birthday today! Wow, how time flies. It seems to me he was only a puppy the other day. Rommel is my very first dachshund and I love him so much. I always wanted a dachshund and I feel lucky to have him live with us. My husband got him for me for our 15th wedding anniversary. I had picked his mane out years before I got him. I’ve been happy with him ever since. I should have known the first day when he came home, what a ball hound he is. Rommel loves to play ball. He will do it for hours if you play with him. Ball is what he likes. If you don’t play with him, he will bark at you until you do. He is always happy to see me and brings me ball. Rommel does sleep with me under my left arm every night. When he is not burrowed under the blankness at my husband’s feet.