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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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weaselmom
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I grew up with dachshunds for 30 years - they are such a fantastic breed. Their tails are strong and meaty so you can pull your dog back out of a sett if you need to. They were bred for independence of action, because in a sett it's just you and the brock, baby. This independent, stubborn streak is not necessarily such a great idea in an animal, so it's a good thing they're not any larger. The author of a book on canine intelligence said, "I would rather teach a zebra to juggle than try to persuade a dachshund to do anything."

Come to think of it, ferrets are a lot like dachshunds, which might be part of the appeal for me!

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