Dachshunds Lose Popularity in Germany

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/9110808/9121073" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript
Dachshund breeder Kristina Diez with three new pups.

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

itoggle caption Emily Harris, NPR

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.

Related NPR Stories



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.