American Dachshund History

The Dachshund Takes America by Storm

Dachshunds probably first came to the United States in the mid 1870’s. Imported from Germany and Britain and carried over with immigrants. The AKC or American Kennel Club was well established by then. To give you a short overview of the History of the AKC, A group of dog club leaders got together in Philadelphia and formed the Club of Clubs. I think it’s cool how the AKC was created in the exact same place our great country was created. Don’t you? I highly suggest you read their great page about the History of the AKC. It’s a great look at the club that is responsible for our relationship with Purebred dogs today.


American Dachshund History

Now, getting back to the American Dachshund History, the first AKC registered Dachshund was named Dash. (Oddly enough, our first male Dachshund here at Ponderosa Pups was also named Dash.) The “original” Dash was registered in the year of 1885. He was a Smooth Coat Black and Tan that belonged to Dr. G.D. Stewart. This was three years before the Germans would draft their first Dachshund Standard. However, the Dachshund Club of America (DCA) would not be established until 1895.

American Dachshunds are among the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are almost always in the famous AKC top ten.

To name a few famous American Dachshunds

  • JFK was pictured with a Dachshund named Dunker while visiting the Netherlands in 1937
  • John Wayne was an avid fan and owner of Dachshunds! His dog Blackie, saved his family from a fire in 1958
  • Grover Cleveland, our Former President, had a Dachshund in the Whitehouse!
  • Andy Warhol is famous for having a two doxies.  Named Archie and Amos.  They are the subject of several of his paintings.

To sum it up, I cannot imagine America with Dachshunds.  Shoot, I can’t imagine my life without Dachshunds, and I am very thankful for all the people mentioned in this section, for the effort on making Dachshunds as famous as they are.

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