Historically, the term dachshund goes back to a group of specific hunting dogs that were used as so-called ground dogs in construction hunting, especially badger hunting. The breeding of the long-haired dachshund, which incidentally is one of the oldest descendants of the original dachshund, dates back to the 18th century.
The original crossing took place between a dachshund, a setter, a spaniel, and a spaniel. At that time, the dog, which was used almost exclusively for hunting, wanted to be established in higher circles, such as the royal court, with a long and shiny coat.
However, the breed only became fully established in the 20th century and a breed register was not introduced until after 1900. For a long time, the long-haired dachshund was considered the most popular offspring of the dachshund, until it was finally replaced by the wire-haired dachshund.
The dog breed became popular, among other things, because during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Waldi represented the mascot of the competition, a dachshund.