The Dachshund dog breed originated in Germany in the 1500s and was mostly used for hunting small game such as badgers. They are believed to have descended from varieties of the French Basset Hound, Braque, and Pinscher. The longhaired and wirehaired Dachshunds were bred from varieties of Spaniels and Terriers. Their long body and strong little feet were perfect for digging into badger holes to get them for the hunters.
In the 1800s, the Dachshund became a popular house pet and grew even more popular after being noticed by the royal courts of Queen Victoria. It was then that the miniature Dachshund was created to make a better sized house pet. After World War I, some Dachshunds were imported from Germany and the American Kennel Club registered them officially in 1885. They are the 13th most popular dog breed in the United States.
The Yorkshire Terrier originated in England in the 1800s from the Maltese, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Skye Terrier, English Black and Tan Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, and Waterside Terrier. They were originally bred just for catching rats and they were quite good at it. Because of their beauty, they were soon popular as family pets and became a commonality in wealthy families. Soon they were winning dog shows and in 1885, they were noticed and registered by the AKC. Today, they are the 9th most popular dog breed in the United States.