Origins of the breed
Dachshunds have been around since the Middle Ages. Short-legged dogs were bred to flush out badgers, and Dachshunds came to be the most versatile hunting dog, performing well as trackers. The Dachshund was originally graded depending upon the size of hole it could enter.
The term “Dachshund” in German simply means badger – “dachs”, dog – “hund”. According to the F.C.I., the oldest club devoted to the breeding of Dachshunds is the “Deutsche Teckelklub”, founded in 1888.