May 18, 2007, Newsletter Issue #185: Dachshund History

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The Dachshund breed dates back to 15th century Europe, where short-legged dogs with elongated bodies were skilled at hunting badgers. By the 17th century, the breed was officially given its name Dachshund, which means badger dog. There were two sizes of the breed that appeared during its development. The larger sized Dachshund weighed about 30 pounds and aided in hunting boar as well as badgers. The smaller 20 pound Dachshund specialized in hunting foxes and hare.

Dachshunds are now more commonly companion animals living the city life. To find more information and photos of this breed you can consult the national breed club for this lively dog. Go to

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