|Bronze, sometime between 1835 - 1860|
|And shorter ears.|
Victorians were the first to keep hunting dogs, including Dachshunds, as house pets, much to the annoyance of sportsmen. By the late 1880s, doxies gained popularity in the UK as both show and pet dogs, upsetting a whole lot of Germans who continued to breed the dog primarily for hunting.
O mein Gott! Sie müssen scherzen! Wann beendet es überhaupt?
Victorians started a new craze which continues to this day: Any breed, no matter what size or purpose, can become a house dog, although in my humble and experienced opinion, some are better at it than others.
One British author wrote in 1879, "The dachshund is really a sporting dog, but every one who knows the winning affectionate dog knows that he is excellently well adapted for being the companion of the gentler sex."
|Photo late 1800s|
What Doxies do after a hard day's work badgering badgers.
Eventually the companion type Dachshund was bred to be smaller.
Doctor Barkman with her sister's favorite dog, Duchess.