The original breeds that contributed to the production of Dachshunds include the Schweisshund; a Bloodhound, Dachsbrackes (pointer dogs) and Beagles. The earliest types had smooth coats and came in a variety of colors.
The Dachshund ranks as one of the most well-liked dog breeds in America and was imported in 1870 to hunt rabbits. A 2008 study in the Applied Animal Behavior Science found Dachshund hounds the most hostile dogs. The breed descended from fearless bred dogs to hunt prey in underground tunnels.
Those traits make it stubborn, and aggressive with other dogs. The AKC registered the first Dachshund in 1885. The Dachsh is currently ranked 8th among the dog breeds listed by the AKC.