Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dachshunds have those long bodies so that they can dig down inside badger holes. And their feet are wide like paddles, which makes them extra good at digging. They have ear flaps that help keep dirt and grass and stuff from getting down inside their ears, and they have those cute little curled tails so that people can grab them and pull them out if they get stuck in a hole.
Wikipedia says that a standard dachshund weighs between 15 and 28 pounds, and a miniature dachshund is less than 11 pounds. So if you weigh between 11 and 15 pounds, I don't know what kind of dachshund you are, and it seems like you would feel kind of left out. But if you have a nice home to live in, I guess that doesn't matter.
Dachshunds can be very stubborn and hard to train, or at least that's what I read while I was doing my in-depth research on the breed. Of course, people say the same thing about basenjis, so I know that you can't always believe everything you read. And stuff like that was probably written by people with border collies or labs, which are dogs who can't think for themselves and just do anything they are told to do with no questions asked.
Because of their long backs, dachshunds often have spinal problems, such as intervertebral disk disease, which means that those disk thingies that keep the bones of your back from rubbing together stop being all soft and cushiony. Gabe has this problem, which is why it hurts him to go up the stairs sometimes. Maybe this means that Gabe is actually part dachshund! And guess what -- the other big health problem that dachshunds have is luxating patellas, which I have also had, so maybe I'm part dachshund, too!
Anyway, one reason I decided to write about dachshunds is that I wanted to tell you how you can get one of your very own, because right now there are THREE dachshunds at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. Mom has played with all three of these dachshunds, and she says they are all very nice dogs. And you should believe her when she says this because she is not really a big fan of dachshunds, but she likes all of the ones that are at the shelter.
So that's all I'm going to tell you about dachshunds. They aren't the perfect breed for everybody, but they are for some people. And if you're one of those people, you should run down to the Humane Society right away and adopt Liza or Gus or Roger!