They Possibly Originate from Egypt
When people think of Dachshunds, they will usually link this breed instantly with Germany. However, there is some evidence to suggest that the origins of the breed did not even begin in Europe, least alone Germany. In fact, it is believed that early versions of this breed may have originated in the Northern African country, Egypt. This is because there are early Egyptian engravings that depict a short-legged hunting dog that looks similar to the Dachshund. There have also been recent discoveries of mummified Dachshunds found in Egyptian burial urns. This adds credibility to the theory that Dachshunds may have originated from Northern Africa. This is information that surprises many people due to the breed association with Germany.
They Were Originally Bred as Working Dogs
Although Dachshunds are now kept predominantly as pets in many countries, they were originally bred as working dogs. However, there is some controversy over their exact origins and for what purpose they were originally bred. It is generally believed that Dachshunds were originally intended as badger hunters and were used by people who wanted to exterminate badgers. However, there are other sources that say Dachshunds were used to bait and hunt larger game, such as Wolverine and wild boar. According to the American Kennel Club, Dachshunds were bred for badger hunting from as early as the 15th century. On the other hand, the Dachshund Club of America says that they were first bred by foresters in either the 18th or 19th century. A lack of concrete evidence has contributed to these differences in opinion about when this breed was first introduced and the working purpose of the breed.