Once upon a time, a girl (me) inherited a little funny shaped dog from a roommate. I decided I should learn all I could about Dachshunds and that started my obsession. Since that day, I’ve learned that people also call Dachshund by alternate names including wiener dog, doxie, daschie and oh, so many more. They’re all referring to the small, long, and low dog. So how many different names do they have?
First, a Quick Bit of Info About the Dachshund
The Dachshund is a member of the hound group that originated in Germany for hunting. They were bred to hunt badgers, and other burrowing animals, in the woods. They’ve also been used to hunt rabbits, foxes and wild boar.
The name “Dachshund” literally means “badger dog,” from Dachs (“badger”) and Hund (“hound, dog”). If you want to be proper, the name should be pronounced with a German accent – DAKS-huunt (or hoont).
A Dachshund’s temperament is often described as intelligent, tenacious, energetic, stubborn, devoted, loyal, clever, lively, and courageous
There are two sizes of Dachshunds in the US and 3 in Germany. Read my previous article if you want to know more about the different sizes of Dachshunds.
There are 3 coat types – smooth (short haired), long haired, and wire haired. Each coat type comes in many color variations.
The breed is prone to health conditions like Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), a genetic disease which affects their spine. This is the biggie – about 20–25% of Dachshunds will develop back problems in their lifetime due to IVDD. The breed is also prone to seizures, cushings disease, patellar luxation, and allergies.
Different Names: Dachshund vs WIEner Dog vs WEIner Dog
Dachshund are known for their ability to be athletic and their tenaciousness. I used to hike and run with mine – Chester – all of the time. One day I decided to start a blog about it. I also started a Dachshund club in Seattle. But what would I call them?
I knew that Dachshunds were also called Wiener Dogs. I liked that nickname better because it fit our silly and free lifestyle. The problem was, I didn’t know the proper spelling.
I hopped online, typed “WEIner Dog” and Google returned a lot of results about Dachshunds and the nickname with that spelling. I then typed in a different spelling – “WIEner Dog”. Just as many relevant results were returned so I went with the former.
Then I started getting questions.
As my blog and club was becoming known, I started getting requests for interviews. One interviewer asked why I spelled it “WEIner” instead of the proper German spelling “WIEner”. I wanted to have a clever reason but I didn’t. My spelling of the word was a split-second decision and apparently I had chosen wrong.
I did eventually change the spelling of the blog to WIEner so I would stop getting questions. However, you do see it misspelled, as I have, all of the time – so much so that it doesn’t seem to make a difference how you spell it. If you type it into Google with either spelling, plenty of web pages about Dachshunds come up.
The bottom line is, Dachshunds and Wiener Dogs are the same thing.
Other Nicknames for Dachshunds
I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years now and I think I’ve heard every name there is for a Dachshund. And so many variations on those names.
The official, breed specific, names for long and narrow dogs are:
- Dachshund (Us and Germany)
- Teckel (Germany)
- Dackel (Germany)
Other names I’ve heard a Dachshund called, and their variations, are:
- Sausage Dog
- Weenie Dog
- Weeny Dog
- Weenies (one of my personal favorites)
Your turn. Have you heard any terms for a Dachshund that I haven’t listed?