According to the American Kennel Club, there are 190 officially recognized dog breeds. And one of our favorites is the dachshund. The dachshund originated in Germany and its name translates to badger dog. But, due to their long bodies and short legs, dachshunds are often referred to as wiener dogs or wiener dogs. Dachshunds are known for their long, lean bodies, short, stocky legs, and disproportionate feet.
The dachshund can come in three coat varieties: short, long, and wire. Metal coated dachshunds are the least common coat type in the United States, however, it is the most common coat type in Germany. Dachshunds come in a variety of colors and patterns, with the most common color being red. Dachshunds from the same litter may have different color patterns depending on the genetic makeup of the parents. The American Kennel Club felt that the piebald and double merle color patterns were non-standard.
Dachshunds are a popular dog breed among celebrities and public figures. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Grover Cleveland had dachshunds. Artists Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Andy Warhol also owned dachshunds during their lifetime. And actors Jack Black, Josh Duhamel and Kirsten Dunst also had the breed.
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