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Dachshunds Lose Popularity in Germany

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Dachshunds Lose Popularity in Germany

Dachshunds Lose Popularity in Germany

Dachshunds Lose Popularity in Germany

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Dachshund breeder Kristina Diez with three new pups. The birthrate of the classic German tracking dog has plummeted over the past decade. Emily Harris, NPR hide caption

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The days of the dachshund may be numbered.

The feisty, short-legged "wiener dog" that has come to symbolize Germany as much as lederhosen, beer and the VW Beetle, is no longer in vogue.

Germany's Dog Federation says dachshund births have fallen by 40 percent in the past decade, with today's pet owners are choosing more fashionable dogs, such as Jack Russell and Highland terriers.

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