Dachshund "Zausel"

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Item #: Kö-F4090
Manufacturer Kösen, size 23 cm (~ 9"), grey-brown
Awarded with "Spiel gut" (Play Well).
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Genetic analysis have shown that the dog started developing from the wolf about 135.000 years ago. Yet it is highly unlikely that the wolvess were simply domesticated. Contrary to dogs they loose their tameness when they become young grown ups. It is assumed that there had been some wolves that were more trusting and thus dared to go near the upcoming settlings of men. They discovered this way an ecological niche, because there always had been some leftovers. Thus the more trusting wolves had a selective benefit and over thousands of years they evolved into their own species: The dog. Humans were able to breed these for special purposes and thus ensured their survival and expansion.
One of these purposes was known in Ancient Egypt already: Hunting.

The Dachshund is bred particularly for hunting badgers which means "Dachs" in German, hence the name (Note: Hund means dog). It has to enter burrows on its own, so that it is very self-confident and self-determined. This often makes the dachshund quite obstinate. Elwyn Brooks White (US author) wrote one day about his own dachshund Fred: "I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. ... He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do." (Source: "One Man's Meat", E.B. White, 1944).

Luckily our little wire-haired Dachshund is less stubborn and does not complain about any long taking plays, bluster, or long taking strokes. It might go own ways from time o time but will be a true friend for sure.

Size: 23 cm (~ 9")
Colour: Grey-brown
Material: Special polyester fibre
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur, Germany

Awarded with "Spiel gut" (Play Well).

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.


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