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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.

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varianor
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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