The Doxie-Chin is a modern breed. Therefore, documentation on their history is limited. We can take a closer look at his parent's history. It is believed that the Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s. They were used as scent hounds who would flush out game from their den. They were even used to hunt wild boar in a pack of dogs. The Dachshund was bred to be strong, brave and alert. The word Dachshund, literally means “badger hound” in German. The original Dachshund was larger than today’s Dachshund; he weighed 30 to 40 pounds and had longer legs. The American Dachshund Club was founded in 1881. The first Dachshund registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1885. During World War I and World War II the Dachshund declined in popularity, due to their association with Germany. Today the Dachshund ranks 13th on the AKC most popular dog list. Dachshunds excel in field trials and earthdog trial tests. In the United States earthdog trials are organized by the American Kennel Club and the American Working Terrier Association. The Japanese Chin is believed to have originated in China. The exact way they made it to Japan is debated. There are different notions, such as they were brought to Japan by Buddhist teachers, or that they were gifted to a Japanese empress by a Chinese ruler. The Japanese Chin were kept as lapdogs by the Imperial family of Japan. They were forbidden to be owned by the common people. The first Japanese Chins were brought to America in 1853 by Commodore Matthew Perry. The dogs were kept as family pets. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1888, as the “Japanese Spaniel”. The AKC officially changed the breed name to the Japanese Chin in 1977. The Japanese Chin have been beloved companions to Blondie, the Osbourne family, Joan Rivers and Shah Rukh Khan.