Monday, July 18, 2011

The long and short of it.

It's no secret that I am a Doxie lover. We've always had them in my family and to be honest, I don't think I could ever own another breed. For those of you who have your own little frankfurters, you know exactly what I'm talking about! There is just something special about them. Don't get me wrong, they can be stubborn and sassy, Roxie is often a royal pain in my 'you know what.' But even with the headaches and grief that she causes me, she is so darn lovable. The Dachshund breed in general is funny, loyal, and their personalities are so big for being so little! Plus their little bodies crack me up, made perfectly for snuggling!

The name Dachshund, is of German origin and literally means "badger dog", Dachs meaning "badger" and Hund meaning "hound". (They are apart of the hound family) Known for their long and low bodies, they were bred in the 1600's specifically for hunting animals that burrow such as badgers and rabbits. They became popular in the U.S. in the early 1900's but fell out of favor during WWI. After the war breeders slowly rebuilt the gene pool and they became popular again! They come in three different sizes; mini, tweenie (that's what Rox is) or standard, as well as three different hair types; short haired, long haired and wire haired. Doxies are great as family pets because they are good with children and are always up to play, or as elderly companions because they love to take naps and make a perfect lap warmer!

This is a picture of Roxie and I in Corona Del Mar

After a little bit of research I was pleasantly surprised to see that many celebrities agree, Dachshunds are the perfect companions.

A young JFK and his Doxie pup

Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist and her Doxie Eva

Elizabeth Taylor and one of the many Doxies she owned throughout her life.

Adele and her Doxie Louie

Mary Kate Olsen with her little Doxie

Liam Gallagher of Oasis with girlfriend and his Dachshund

John Wayne and Blackie
(Blackie saved John's wife and baby from a house fire in 1958. He awoke her and and their 20 mo. old baby by barking.)

E.B. White, writer of 'Charlotte's Web' and Doxie Minnie

Marlon Brando with his Dashchund

Andy Warhol with one of his two Dachshunds Archie
(Amos is the other one) Warhol used the dogs in several of his artworks.

Pablo Picasso with his Dachshund Lump
(Lump was a muse for several of Picasso's pieces.)

Fergie and her two Doxies Zoe and Dylan

Other Wiener dog lovers include: Mary Tyler Moore, Wayne Gretzky, Clark Gable and wife Carol Lombard, Sharon Stone and many, many more! 

Kind of a silly post, I know but I though it would be kinda fun for boring old Monday.

Sources: Daily Dachshund NewsAmerican Kennel Club. All images found from Google images.

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