About the Breed
The miniature Dachshund a The Dachshund (pronounced dak-sund; also known as a 'Teckel') originated in Germany in the sixteenth century. They were bred and traned to chase down prey, such as a badger (Dachshund means 'Badger Dog') or fox, enter its burrow, kill it, and retrieve it. The Dachshund was recognized as a distinct breed in 1910 and has gradually increased in popularity to become a favored pet. Famous Dachshunds include Picasso's dog Lump, who may have inspired some of his works, and Waldi, the first Olympic Mascot and symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.