Dachshunds: the Long and the Short of Them (Pimpernel)


An appreciation, with the help of dachshy friends, of our short but sweet (well, usually) canine companions, wrapped and signed. 

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Mitzi von Schnitzel and Heidi Wirth, two miniature wirehaired dachshunds have kindly permitted me to share their house in Somerset. I am not the only one to have become Chief Replenisher of the Biscuit Tin: dachshunds, you may have noticed, are everywhere. Coming in at least 150 varieties, they can be seen trotting along the streets of our cities, meeting up in parks and taking starring roles on Instagram and other social media. Brave and plucky, in some parts of the world they are still used for their original roles in hunting deer and boar, and a wire-haired standard called Maisie even won Best in Show at Crufts in 2020, the highest accolade a dog can achieve.

In this lighthearted look at life with dachsys, I not only interview contemporary owners but take a look back in history and art to discover that our characterful and opinionated short-legged friends have long been loved and admired, even featuring in the works of artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Pablo Picasso.

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