Dachshunds have an extremely long spinal column and short rib cage which can unfortunately lead to them having spinal problems, such as intervertebral disc disorder. However this is a small price to pay for the sake of looking hilarious.
According to Wikipedia they are "viewed as a symbol of Germany". I've never thought this though, I've always just considered them as the symbol of a funny looking dog. So take that with a pinch of salt, yo.
What people are saying about Dachshunds:
Eric - "I like them. I like all dogs."
Taylor - "Eh, they're okay."
Hans - "You mean the symbol of Germany? They're awesome."
Dog of Indeterminate Length