The dachshund’s popularity as a pet - as well as its pleasing shape and range of expression - has made it a favorite of artists, illustrators, toymakers, sculptors, and the advertising business. Dachshund figurines (ceramic, metal, and carved wood), stuffed toys, pull toys, battery-operated toys, salt-and-pepper shakers, dishes, and many other breed-related items were made in the 19th and 20th centuries.


During World War I, the popularity of dachshunds as pets declined dramatically, because they were used to depict Germany in many wartime propaganda pieces in the U.S., England, and France. This was probably the low point of the dachshund's place in the history of illustration.


Dogs are social animals


Dachshunds are very popular in the US, ranking 6th in terms of the number registered with the AKC. That long deep body with its generous amount of lungpower (ever wondered why a dachie is so comfortable under the blankets at the foot of your bed? Of course, that's when he's not being a hunter!). Also, a dachshund's bark is often louder and deeper than expected for it's size. Felons doing felon-things about your home, often stop if they hear a dachshund's alarm bark without waiting to see the dog itself. Also, dachies inside a car make wonderful alarms - their batteries never go flat, and they seem to just know when villains are about!

Dachshunds have traditionally been viewed as a symbol of Germany, despite their pan-European heritage. Political cartoonists commonly used the image of the dachshund to ridicule Germany. During World War I the dachshunds' popularity in the United States plummeted because of this association. The stigma of the association was revived to a lesser extent during World War II, though it was comparatively short-lived. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was known for keeping dachshunds.

Due to the association of the breed with Germany, the dachshund was chosen to be the first official mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics, with the name Waldi.

Dachshund are popular with urban and apartment dwellers, ranking among the top ten most popular breeds in 76 of 190 major US cities surveyed by the AKC. One will find varying degrees of organized local dachshund clubs in most major American cities, including New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Chicago. American dachshund enthusiasts will enjoy their visits to overseas, as the breed's popularity is legion in places such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, and Japan. Dachshunds are famous for their peculiar size, body, and face.


Dachshund – The Weiner Dog

Today's dachshunds still retain the wonderful qualities of their hunting heritage. Dachshund owners should be aware of the need for the dog to have walks on open land with much foliage and vegetation, so the dog can use its natural advantages in smell and thrill to the scents around it. Many urban households have found the dachshund, with its low-maintenance requirements, an ideal pet. All dogs require a healthy diet balanced with regular exercise, however, and to most scent hounds there is no more pleasurable treat than regular walks in grassy parkland areas.