It is Taya in the photo with Teo pup.
Newest photo of Teo (foreground) who turned 7 months on Oct 12. It is hard to believe that I have had him six weeks already. Teo is a cool pupster with many layers to his character. He is high energy and thinks quite a lot of himself, strutting often like a little prince! He is spurlaut, has good ground clearance, moves very efficiently, is highly attentive, weighs 19 lbs, and has the most coarsely-textured top coat I have ever had on a longhair. I love all these things about him and more. The biggest surprise to me is that OWL is spending the most time playing with him! They are looking something like kindred spirits.
It is Taya in the photo with Teo pup.
Bossa, 9 months, weighs 15 pounds and is 9.5 inches at the withers. She is owned by Diane Webb and John Willmore in California. Diane writes:
I took Bossa to her Fun for Fido class this week. We had a tunnel-jump-table-jump sequence, with a straight tunnel. The first time I tried running with Bossa, we got all tangled up. So I had the instructor hold her while I led-out between the jump and table. Bossa came FLYING through the tunnel and over the jump, and screeched to a stop on the table. The second time she was even faster and despite fighting to stay on the table, tumbled off the far side. The third time she held on to the landing.
Many thanks to Lise-Lotte Schulz, Kennel Tranevang, Denmark!
Houston, we've had a problem here.
In fact, all across the United States, we've had a problem. A big problem.
There is no question that US exhibitors, breeders, and judges care about this breed.
The question that I find myself having to ask is - do US exhibitors, breeders, and judges KNOW this breed? Well, we are supposed to know! The information is available. And it is more easily accessible than ever before. Unfortunately, many statements being posted on the internet, and even published in magazines, is surprisingly misleading and simply not congruent with facts.
For all intents and purposes, two more questions underlie the one above.
1. Is the dachshund an earthdog? I really do not know anyone who would say no.
2. Is size important in the dachshund aka earthdog? Well now, here comes the dichotomy of all dichotomies. It is absolutely amazing how many LONG TIME exhibitors, breeders, and judges assert that it is not!
"A good dachshund is a good dachshund." Well, what makes a dachshund GOOD? In part, it is the ability to do the WORK of a dachshund. And not a thing about a dachshund's structure helps him "do the job" more than his size!
Why is it, pray tell, that so many of us talk and act like dachshund size is totally irrelevant, when it is COMPLETELY relevant! I tell you this thing, there is not a badger or fox hunter in the world who will say otherwise.
This longhaired bitch is one of a mother/daughter pair of bitches that is regularly and successfully used to hunt the European badger (aka Eurasian badger) in Finland. Guess how big she is and hold that thought. We will come back to it.
Please see below each of 20 different earths, nearly all entrances. Entrances! If a picture is worth 1000 words, then maybe we can consider this little album a virtual encyclopedia on earthdog size. All photos were taken by me in an 11 hour badger hunt with three men, another woman, and three standard longhaired bitches in Finland on August 10, 2010. Earthwork photos are not unique. There are many like them on the internet. But, ahem, apparently American dachshund enthusiasts are not looking at them!
Note that with one exception I have not included photos with badgers or the evidence of the taking of badgers. The singular purpose of this post is to give the reader clarity, in pictures, on what seems to be a very muddied (ha!) concept of earthdog size. I sincerely hope that it helps do that. If not, well I tried. I really tried!
20 reasons why dachshund size is important
Because she is a puppy, I have been weighing Taya every week.
Today, since it has been quite a while that I weighed the males, I weighed all four dogs.
Nexus, 10.5 years old male, weighs 20.2 lbs / 9.1 kg
Owl, 8 years old male, weighs 18.2 lbs / 8.2 kg
Viljo, 2.5 years old male, weighs 20.2 lbs / 9.1 kg
Taya, 6 months old female, weighs 15.8 lbs / 7.1 kg
From the AKC Standard as revised in 1992 -
Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds.
From the FCI Standard -
SIZE AND WEIGHT/ IMPORTANT MEASUREMENTS:
Weight: Standard Dachshund up to about 9 kg.
Photo is Nexus who was V rated by DTK judge Wolfgang Trumpfheller.
Not ALL American-bred Standard longhairs are giants!