Cool facts about wiener dogs you did not know

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Wiener dogs

We have already shared a post about wiener dogs, formally known as Dachshunds. But we thought we have not honored this amazing pet properly. So let us fill you in with some awesome facts about these dogs that you probably did not know about. You will probably love to have one afterward.

Let´s begin by stating that this is one of the most recognizable breeds out there. Almost anyone can tell what wiener dogs look like.

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They come in many colors

Did you think they only came in red, black, and brown? They actually come in at least 15 colors and 6 marking combinations. You can have them in black and tan, black and cream, blue and tan, blue and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, fawn, tan, fawn and tan, wheaten, black, red, wild board, fawn, and chocolate. Their color markings are brindle, dapple, sable, brindle piebald, double piebald and piebald.

Their origin gave them bad rep

Due to their German origin, during WWI, they were used for anti-German propaganda. Although the posts were humorous, these led to people seeing the breed with disdain. This made the popularity of the Dachshund drop after the war. In an attempt to bring the breed back to American hearts, the AKC renamed them “badger dogs“. They eventually gained popularity between the years 1930 to 1940.

They come in three different coat types

The doxie also comes in three different coat types;  you probably only know about one. The coat can be smooth (which is the one most people know about), long-haired, and wire-haired.

The first Olympic Mascot

Waldie the Dachshund was the first mascot for an Olympic Game. This was for Munich 1972. The marathon track was designed in the shape of a wiener dog.

Long Live the dog

They are one of the most long-living dogs. Many of them live long into their late teens. Chanel was a doxie who held the world record for the oldest living dog in 2009. She died at age 21.

The Smallest Hunting Breed

But don´t let this fool you. The tenacious wiener dogs are fierce and not only can they trap but they can also kill. This makes them great watchdogs too. They are considered one of the most aggressive breeds towards strangers and other dogs.

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