The dachshund is one of the most recognizable dog breeds thanks to its short legs and elongated body. They offer more than a distinct appearance and also make great companions. They love to play, and love attention, making them popular with kids. But they are not very patient and can be snappy. It is best to avoid leaving them alone unsupervised with children.
Though small they like to think they’re in charge, and it’s important to let them know who’s boss from the beginning. Dachsunds are known for stubbornness and can be protective over their toys. Generally they get on well with other pets, but can become jealous and this needs to be kept in check. They crave company and don’t do well if left alone for long periods.
Their fun-loving nature and endless energy reserves means they require exercise to be kept in top condition. Although they are considered a demanding breed by some people dachshunds are extremely loyal and tend to love their families. Furthermore dachshunds are fun and come with many fascinating facts.
Dachshund Fact #10: Olympic Mascot
The Olympic Games are one of the largest international sporting events, with billions of people tuning in every four years. While the event’s present form officially began in the late 19th century, its origins date back thousands of years. Despite its long history the event didn’t have a mascot until 1972 when a Dachshund named Waldi was selected as the mascot for the Munich Olympic Games.
German designer Otl Aicher created Waldi. Aicher chose the dachshund because he felt the breed symbolised resistance, tenacity and agility. Waldi was modelled on a real dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof. Waldi merchandise was made available for the event in a range of colour schemes, and the marathon course was designed to represent the dachshund.