Over the years we have had and loved many different dogs. Obviously my heart belongs to the Cocker Spaniel, but there are other breeds that have a special meaning too. As a young girl in the 1960’s I was desperate to have a dog of my own. My parents were not so keen and had to be convinced! For hours everyday I would play with my imaginary puppy. His collar and lead ( a plastic ring and a length of string) were used to take him on walks and I spent hours brushing, and talking to him as well as throwing a ball for him to ’fetch’. Eventually mum, seriously concerned about my sanity, talked dad into taking us to find a puppy! We went to a rather large kennels , not the sort of place I would buy a puppy from now, and I remember walking along the row of kennels and peering out were all their little faces. It was dad who chose the little black/tan miniature long haired Dachshund that we named Judy. I later learned that she was the ’runt of the litter’ and was half price! Judy became my best friend for the next 7 years, and in all honesty was very much loved by my parents too. We have many old pictures and cine films of Judy and I which are dusted off every now and then at family reunions! So, when a friend told me that his sister and her husband were going into the pub trade and were unable to take their Daxies with them, I decided that I could find a place for them here. So, INKUM the Dachshunds, initially 4 mini longs joined our happy throng. Two young sisters, a black/tan called Bramble (Asktraxdaks Bramble) and a shaded Cream called Marge (Asktraxdaks Steel Magnolia) along with a beautiful mature shaded Cream dog called Basil ( Rhinestar Kindred Spirit) . Gypsy another lovely black/tan girl came too but unfortunately she sustained a back injury when coming in from the snow and slipping on the floor tiles. Following a few weeks of cage rest and lots of tlc she was soon almost as good as new, but we were concerned that living with so many lively dogs she could get hurt again and hamper a full recovery so we decided to find her a new home and Gypsy went to live with another little Dachshund as a much loved family pet where she continued to improve and very quickly made a full recovery.
Following the safe arrival of Marge's beautiful cream shaded litter on bonfire night 2009 I retained Katie (Inkum's Katherine Wheel) our very first home grown Daxie. Two years later Marge's second litter arrived and Poppy (Inkums Mary Poppins) became the latest addition to our family. Both Katie and Poppy made appearances on the show scene and both did well at Open level. In the summer of 2012 Katie was mated to Indicott Red Baron and from the litter of 3 we selected Scarlet (Inkums Simply Red) who made her show debut in 2013. Wen were now in a position to go on another generation and Katie was mated to Ralines Romeo at Lyndarlea and we retained a bitch - Emma who has done rather well at showing at Open level winning BP's even taking the hound group at one of her first few shows. Also early in 2013 we had a new Dachie puppy arrive. Kelsmere Spice (Spice) is a little black/tan girl bred by Margaret and David Bett a half sister to Scarlet. She was soo delicious and so loving but she didn't much fancy the idea of being a show girl. We did have some fun showing Scarlet before placing her into a lovely family home and from Spice's first and only litter a daughter Saffron went back to Margaret and David for their Grand daughter to show and from the same litter a boy puppy went to Lynn Brookes (Lyndarlea) the well known kennels. In 2014 Poppy had her first litter and we kept another little girl Gertie (Inkums Pop Tart). Gertie, unlike a lot of mini dachshunds , is not particularly food driven and didn't much take to showing either so she was mated to Metadale Masterchef , before taking early retirement and becoming the constant companion to a local lady. 2 girls were retained from the litter Cookie and Fanny. In 2017 Cookie was mated to Ralines Romeo at Lyndarlea and produced our little Mavis (Inkums Cream Cracker) and we are looking forward to getting this lively, confident little girl into the show ring in 2018.
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Please note that when shaded cream Dachshunds are born and for the early weeks they are often very dark almost a chocolate colour. By the time they are ready to leave to join their new families they are usually starting to lighten a little but they still have a way to go. Take a look at Max and Ollie two brothers who are approx 10-12 weeks old in the first picture and the same two a few months later. What a difference! And once their adult coats were through completely, they were lighter still, so for all you blonde lovers....you may need to be patient!
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Dachshunds are a unique breed. Dachshunds are classified as hounds. They compete in the same group as canine giants, including: bloodhounds, wolf hounds, deer hounds and greyhounds. They have excellent noses and can track quite efficiently. Some people look at the diminutive form of the mini dachshunds are think “surely there has been a mistake and this dog should be in the toy group?” The answer is most definitely . . . “No”. Even though they are small they are not toys. They are very competent hunters. In fact, the Miniature dachshund (under 11 pounds) was bred to hunt rabbits while the standard Dachshunds (over 11 pounds) were bred to hunt badgers. All this means Dachshunds are a whole lot of dog in a very little package! Because they were bred to be hunters that think and work independently, they can also be extremely stubborn. Fortunately they are also very loving and reasonably accommodating dogs. This means that they are relatively easy to train. However, training a dachshund requires patience and perseverance. New dachshund owners should take their dog to obedience class to learn to communicate and work with these nifty little dogs. If for some reason you can’t or won’t take your dachshund to an obedience class, there is one word that every dachshund should know. The one word that every dachshund should know is “come”. Dachshunds can very easily become so interested in something that they developed “selective deafness”. It is vitally important for them to understand that when you call them that “something” is not as important as you are. This may save your dog’s life.
'The Dachshund and the Sport of Competitive Eating'
The one sport you should not allow your dachshunds to engage in is competitive eating. Thanks in part to their hound heritage dachshunds are great lovers of all things edible. You must as a dachshund owner fortify your defenses against those soulful eyes and keep your dachshund's diet in check. As a breed dachshunds could be prone to back problems due to their “relatively long and low structure” although they should be relatively short in loin and it is in lines where the length of loin is over long to exaggerate length that back problems are more likely to occur. Fat dachshunds are also more likely to suffer with back and joint problems, so keeping them trim ( not thin) is really important.
It’s Not a Crate It’s a Secret Lair for a Mastermind
You may have heard of the term “crate training”. Crate training is used to get your dachshund to stay and be comfortable in a crate or carrier. While crates may look like prison cells to some people, remember that dogs are den animals, and a crate is actually a natural place for them to be. Your dachshund may tell you the best place to be is your bed, the couch the chair or your lap. And this is true most of the time. However getting your dachshund used to being in a crate can save his life. The safest place for him when travelling in the car, is in a crate....not on your lap or loose on the back seat. And since dachshunds are perhaps descendants of dragons and tend to create hoards, you will have a much better chance of recovering their captured treasures if you look in their lair, aka their crate!
Striking Fear in the Heart of Dachshunds
You may wonder why a dachshund’s front feet are bigger than their rear feet. The answer lies in their purpose. Being a “go to ground dog”, dachshunds were bred to dig out their quarry. But a side-effect that they have toenails that grow at astonishing rates. It is important to keep them trimmed as much as possible. Get your Dachshund used to nail trimming from an early age so that it doesn't become a big deal for them...little and often is the best way. .
Things that Go Squeak in the Night
Dachshunds vary in their approaches to toys. Some will keep a favorite squeak for years while others can demolish a warehouse full of them in nanoseconds. Our house is a minefield of dead squeaky toys, de-fluffed stuffiest, and chews that have been sharpened to ankle-twisting points. Some of our dogs have toys that have lasted ages, while others carry the carcasses of much-repaired favorites. Toys are important for dachshund enrichment, as left to their own devices the average wiener will find something to entertain themselves with.
Adapted from a piece by Nicola Guidry 2007
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