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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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bruceb
Jan. 20th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Dachsunds also make excellent pets for disabled people and folks with chronic medical needs. They're very alert to their people's moods and well-being and take readily to training to, for example, nag someone to take medication and the like. If I didn't already have my cat, a dachsund would have been a really serious pet contender for me.

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