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 the Dachshund breed and that started my obsession.
Since that day, I’ve learned that people also call Dachshund by alternate names including wiener dog, weiner dog (a misspelling of the word very common in the Dachshund community), dotson dog, doxin dogs, doxie, daschie and oh, so many more.
All of these different names are for the same breed of dog. For example, when someone asks, “Where can I find a Dotson dog?” they really mean a Dachshund. They just don’t know the real name for the dog or how to spell it.
Dachshunds and Wiener Dogs are the same thing too.
So how many different nicknames does the funny little Dachshund 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 proper spelling of the breed is D-A-C-H-S-H-U-N-D.
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.
To learn more about the Dachshund temperament and personality, read my articles:
- 21 Things Every Dachshund Owner Needs to Know
- 11 Funny Things Dachshunds Do That Owners Will Totally Understand
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 night when I was sleepy and not thinking straight (tired and I had NO CLUE how much work a blog is), I decided to start a blog about it.
But what would I name it?
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 remember 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.
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 while I was tired and super excited and I had made the wrong choice about the spelling.
I did eventually change the spelling of the blog to WIEner so it was proper and 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.
Other Nicknames for Dachshunds
I’ve been blogging about Dachshunds, and running Dachshund club in Seattle, for 0ver 7 years. 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
- Dotson Dog
- Doxin 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?