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The Noble Dachshund

For years, I thought dachshunds were ludicrous. I mean, really, short silly dogs with a strange name.

Recently the penny dropped for me, when I learned that the German word "dachs" means "badger". Those silly waddling things? They were bred to go into a badger lair and DRAG IT OUT INTO THE OPEN. They're literally badgerhounds. I wouldn't want to mess with one in an earthen den.

But they still look ridiculous.


Jan. 20th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
They used to be bigger than they are now, too. They always had the short legs, but they were larger and heavier. Just like Pomeranians. In the Victorian era, the average Pom weighed about 25 pounds. They've been bred down for size pretty dramatically.

I love dachshunds. They have such cute faces, and they tend to be pretty smart. I don't think I'd want to own a purebred because they have so much trouble with their spines. (A friend of mine just dropped over 2 grand to get his dachsy some kind of spinal surgery.)

However, they mix quite well. My family had several members of a litter of dachshund/wire haired terrier mix, and they were AWESOME. Short legs, but very strong and healthy. Not to mention cute.
Jan. 20th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
The full sized dachshunds are still around actually. They are few and far between. Most people are familiar with the so-called wiener dogs (which my wife and I have had). I saw a full-sized dachshund in Boston once. Beautiful dog. Looked like it could go down a hole after a badger. It did not look so ridiculously long because its legs were proportionate. Take a look at the front paws of the dachshund. They are really built for digging.

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