Our first fact about the Dachshund is that they come in three different size variations. Unlike many breeds of dog that come in just one standard size, the Dachshund comes in three size varieties. The three sizes of Dachshund are standard, miniature, and Kaninchen. The Kaninchen size translates from German to rabbit.
Both the standard and miniature sized Dachshunds are almost universally recognised, but the rabbit size is not recognised by clubs in the UK or the United States. This size is only recognised in the countries that are part of the World Canine Federation.
There is actually a new, unofficial size which is becoming increasingly popular which is between a standard and a miniature Dachshund and has been labelled as ‘tweenies’.
On average a standard Dachshund weighs between 16 and 32 pounds, while a miniature Dach will usually weigh less than 12 pounds. The rabbit size is generally between eight and 11 pounds.
Now, our second fact is that they are the subject of many famous pieces of art. This is mostly due to the fact that many famous artists have owned a Dachshund and so involve their beloved pets in their artwork. Pablo Picasso had a pet Dachshund named Lump who is said to have inspired many of Picasso’s famous pieces and their story has actually been told in ‘Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey’. David Hockney also owned two Dachshunds who he named Stanley and Boodgie – he brought them to the canvas and also included them in his book which is called ‘David Hockney’s Dog Days’. Another famous artist who frequently depicted his pets in his paintings was Andy Warhol. Warhol’s two Dachshunds were named Amos and Archie and were often found in paintings and he mentioned them often in his diaries.
Our third fact about the famous little dogs is that they are actually extremely prone to many specific health conditions. Certain health conditions that Dachshunds are more prone to include back problems, epilepsy, degenerative eye disorders, bloat, hormonal conditions, diabetes and deafness. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. They are known to struggle greatly with spinal problems and in particular with Intervertebral disk disease which is caused by the breed having a really long spinal column compared to a short rib cage. It is estimated that around 25% of all Dachshunds will eventually develop the disorder. It can be treated with medication and confinement to prevent the condition from getting worse and worse. Due to their body shape, their length and the strain this puts on their back can lead to degeneration of the spinal structure and making them more prone to suffering muscular injuries in their backs.
The fourth fact about Dachshunds is that there is no difference between their two names: Dackel and Teckel. These two names have been given to the Dachshund by different people in their history for different reasons. The two terms most often causes confusion as people do not tend to know what the difference is between them. Dackel is the term which is commonly used by the general public to refer to the Dachshund, whilst Teckel is the term used by those who use and breed Dachshunds for hunting. The use of separate terms has caused people to assume that there are two variations of the breed with one being better suited to hunting, but this simply is not true.
Our final fact about this impressive little dog is that they have been very popular amongst US Presidents over the years. Throughout history, many famous and notable people have owned a Dachshund and this includes some of the Presidents of the United States. While touring Europe in 1937, John F. Kennedy bought a Dachshund for his girlfriend at that time, Olivia. She instantly fell in love with the pup and called him Dunker. Unfortunately, Kennedy began to suffer with allergic reactions to the dog and for this reason, Dunker never left Germany. Another president who once owned a Dachshund was Grover Cleveland, who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. As I said, many celebrities are big fans of the Dachshund which has caused their popularity to grow even more.