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Funny Friday #3: Daxie dogs versus … whatever!

Funny Friday No. 3!

This week, we shine the spotlight on the breed featured in Canine Review’s May issue–the daring Dachshund! He’s little but brave and willing to take on any challenge. Since it’s hard to find badgers in today’s backyards, his new opponents could be anything from fish (don’t worry, it’s a motorized toy fish) to a penguin to bunny wabbits!

To start things off with a giggle (LOTS of giggling), here’s a Dachshund vs. baby’s bath toys.

And now, a Dachshund dilemma that require them to think outside the box–in this case a “cage” made out of soda cans. Two different Daxies, two different approaches. Can they do it???

That was Daxies vs. soda cans. Now for your enjoyment … a playful Dachshund puppy vs. a crab! And the winner is ??? Continue reading

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Why Daxies have that “odd” chest

One of the pleasures of writing this blog for Canine Review magazine is that I get a “sneak peek” at upcoming articles. And the May issue, now in its final stages of production,  has one of my favourite kind of articles–an in-depth interview with one of the greats in a breed.

Hannelor Heller Han-Jo Dachshunds

Hannelore Heller in action, back in the 1970s. Pictured with her BIS BISS Ch. Han-Jo’s Ulyssis L ROMO

For her “Scheer Madness” column this month, Shannon Scheer painstakingly transcribed an interview recorded in 1993 with Hannelore Heller of Han-Jo Dachshunds, an icon of the Daxie world. I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to discuss Daxies with Hannelore over a cup of coffee, so reading this interview is the next-best thing.

Like some breeds, including my beloved Bulldogs, the Dachshunds is far removed from the generic “wolf-type” canine conformation. In the interview, Hannelore points out how this variance can cause problems for judges who don’t truly understand why Daxies are built the way they are and that its form follows historical function.

“First off, the Dachshund is a ‘misshapen’ canine and difficult to judge. They are put together entirely different from other breeds. Too many judges do not understand the purpose of the breed and how they should move. It is very difficult to judge this breed  when you come from a background of say sighthounds or larger breeds.”

Daxie hunting badgers

A Dachshund hunting a “dach.” That’s German for “badger.”

How many times have you heard someone say that about their own particular breed! Yet it’s so true, and one of the challenges of judging a breed specifically, rather than a generic dog. Hannelore shares her instructions on how to judge a Dachshund on the table and moving, giving special attention to the Daxie’s unique “oval” chest. [Sorry, I can't reveal all here! You'll have to read the article when it comes out ...]

I was fascinated to learn more about what’s called a “wraparound front” in Daxies. Put that chest on another breed and you’d have a serious fault. But on this breed, designed to hunt badgers in their tunnels and dens, it’s a cherished characteristic that helped it excel in its particular niche.

As David Swartwood of Prelude Kennels explains Continue reading

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