Sunday, August 19, 2007
Dachshunds are Big Dogs in Small Packages
Hey everydog & Girl Girl,
It has been a gloomy weekend in Singapore and I am *stuck* at home. I have been home bound for 2 whole weeks now. This is not acceptable...but I guess since my hoomans are also stuck at home, it does make me feel a tad bit better.
Maggie tagged me the other day to share about the Dachshund breed. Okay, I took a short cut and decided to google "Dachshund". heh heh....
The dachshund is a short-legged, elongated dog breed of the hound family. The breed's name is German and literally means "badger dog," from (der) Dachs, badger, and (der) Hund, dog. The standard size was developed to scent, chase, and flush badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature was to hunt rabbits. (Okay, show me the whabbits!! I'm going to HUNT you down.) Due to the long, narrow build, they are sometimes referred to in the United States and elsewhere as a wiener dog, hot dog, or sausage dog, though such terms are sometimes considered disparaging (I totally AGREE!!) Notwithstanding the German origin of the dachshund's name, within Germany the breed is known—both formally and informally—as the Dackel or Teckel.
Dachshunds are playful, fun dogs, known for their propensity to chase small animals, birds and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. Many dachshunds are strong-headed or stubborn, making them a challenge to train. (I am not stubborn - I chose not to learn.) Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners. If left alone many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. (I dunno who wrote that but I have to say I do not WHINE and need constant companionship. It is Mom who insists that I spend time with her. So what's a dog got to do but to obey her Mom?)
We come in 3 different coats, namely smooth coat, long hair & wire hair coats. We also come in many different colours and patterns. Although I must say some colours & patterns are really quite rare, that's what makes each one of us special in our very own way. Besides the standard & miniature size, those in-betweens are called tweenies. hehe..like me! Gee, dachshunds are sure versatile huh? Appearing in different coats, size and patterns!
We have quite a few dachshies frenz here...do you know what size, coat and patterns they are? I have to say Ricky & Maggie the Dachshund have one of the more unique colors among us. Ricky is a silver dapple boy and Maggie is a red brindle girl.
PS : Oh Copper, let me know once you get your paws on your Mom's plastic. I need to prepare for our date. :)