Happy National Hot Dog Day
July is a month when we encounter a lot of hot dogs, but on July 23 in particular, we honor the non-grill variety. July 23 is National Hot Dog day, and we’re ringing in the￼ holiday with a tribute to our favorite sausage-shaped friend, the dachshund. Don’t be a weenie, check out our fun facts and photo gallery!
The name dachshund roughly translates to “badger hound” in German. Wiener dogs were bred to have the long bodies and short legs we see today so they could easily slip into badger holes to hunt them.
Little legs, big benefit
The dachshund has stubby short legs so its body is close to the ground. This makes it easy for them to track the smell of quarry along the forest floor.
Dachshunds have been the friends of royalty since the Victorian era and have even been seen hanging out with a U.S. president and a pop artist or two.
Small but feisty
Don’t let the doxie’s small stature fool you. One study from 2008 names them as the most aggressive dog breed. Their hunting pedigree is likely what makes them this way, but with proper training, you can cool this pup’s hot temper.
Share your doxie stories, pictures and more in the comments below. Because when it comes to cute dachshund pictures, we never want to be in short supply!
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