Surviving Dachshund History
The Dachshund Overcomes Many Hurdles To Become One Of The Most Popular Dog Breeds In The World
Historically, a German Revolution in 1848 put a serious hold on Badger Hunting, as well as most other sports and hobbies. As with any war or conflict, the men were off fighting and the ones left behind were just trying to keep up. There was little time for such frivolous things as sports. This was just the beginning of the wars that would put serious strain on our precious breed. However, hound dogs would still have been very helpful with hunting and feeding the family. Probably a major factor in the fight to protect them.
Surviving Dachshund History
The few dachshund breeders that stayed loyal to their dogs were instrumental in keeping the breed alive and well. But, this wouldn’t be the last time in Dachshund history that they would need to overcome to survive. Here in the States both World Wars put serious strains on the Dachshund breed. World War I began in the year of 1914 and ended in 1918. In the four years of fighting and many years thereafter, owning anything German became a strict taboo. The social pressures were heavy and the Dachshund just about fell off the map here in the United States. Can you imagine someone not speaking to you, or doing business with you just because you own a Weiner dog or two? There were even reports of dogs literally stoned to death and people banished from communities for owning and breeding dachshunds. In an attempt to help, the AKC changed the name of the Dachshund in 1919 to Badger Dogs. Hoping that popularity of the breed would rebound given a less German sounding name. Unfortunately, it didn’t help it all. They eventually changed it back to Dachshund in 1923, and even then the number of registered Dachshunds that year was only 26.
Interesting tid bit – According the DCA, the classic movie “Wizard of Oz” was originally written to have a DACHSHUND named Otto! But, with the pressures of German taboo, they recast the part to a Cairn Terrier, Toto. I have often wondered if the “Ugly Dachshund” was filmed to make up for it.
Anyway, our wonderful American Soldiers started to come home from Germany, after the War, with their trusty new canine companions in tow! After all, they had just spent years in Germany where Dachshunds were very popular. How could Americans deny their heroes of their new pets? Of coarse, there were big mix ups with registries and AKC wouldn’t allow any of this new found Doxies to be registered with them. Not the proudest time in Dachshund Origin for the AKC, but at least the tide had started to turn with popularity. Then almost as soon as it came..it went. World War II would officially begin in 1939 and end in 1945. Again, Dachshunds were in danger of becoming social outcasts. Most material I can find on this subject indicates that it doesn’t seem to be as bad as the first world war. Of coarse, Dachshunds were not the only German dog breed that suffered these persecutions. German Shepherds may have had it even worse. Adolph Hitler actually bred and showed German Shepherds before he became a dictator! The AKC changed their name for a while, too. lol
Our Breed Rebounds
Thank God, the wars were over and dog breeders and fanciers started to bloom here in the United States. Breeders reportedly did a lot of importing at the time to bring in new bloodlines. Setting the History of the Dachshund right back on track! Around this time Dog Shows became a major pastime and status symbol, too.
Interesting Tid Bit.. I have a copy of an AKC Dog Book that was last published in 1939. They spelled Dachshund with an E on the end, Dachshunde.