Little is known about the Dachshundominius Brevis Rex, and in fact it was unknown to me all together until this past Sunday when I took a walk with two of my friends and our dogs at the park and she pointed out an evolutionary trait that I had never recognized. She enlightened me on the true origin of the dachshund, and the longhair in particular, so I asked her to give you a brief overview of their true beginning.
Dachshundominius Brevis Rex (Mighty Short Legs) ruled the underbrush and high grasslands of North and Central Europe. One of their most successful adaptive traits occurred when a chance mingling of Dachshundominius Brevis Rex (Mighty ruler of the Short Legs) and it smaller longhaired cousin, Dachshundominius Brevis Pilosus (Mighty Hairy Short Legged), around 75 million b.c. Apparently this led to a shorter Dachshundominius Brevis Rex with longer hair, fierceness against moving enemies, a more annoying yap to alert the presence of preditors, and the stealth-like ability to hide in taller grass.
This also led to a the tail dragging upon the ground and picking up leaves, to disguise the Dachshundominius’s game trail from rivals and larger predators as well as hide their hind quarters when digging. This survival mechanism can be seen today in modern dachshunds as they hide in tall grass and all trace of their tracks is erased by their tails dragging through the underbrush or over loose dirt.
So, there you have the evolutionary beginnings of the dachshund. The next time your dog comes back from the "hunt" with sticks and leaves stuck to its tail just remember that is a prehistoric trait and not a vindictive means to get back at you for not taking them for a walk at the park all week.