With origins that date back to the 1500s when bred to flush out badgers, today this long dog (celebrated with National Dachshund Day on, appropriately enough, the longest day of the year) is seen in standard and miniature sizes. Three coat types–smooth, wirehaired and longhaired–are seen.
We have a special love for Dachshunds; my childhood dog Peanut was a standard Doxie and the subject of the first major magazine sale I made (to Reader’s Digest) about “The Dog and The Duck.”
If there’s one breed that non-dog lovers can identify, it’s probably the Dalmatian! With its distinctive spotted coat, the Dalmatian is named for Dalmatia, Croatia. Through the centuries, this regal dog has served not only as a fire dog but also as a hunting dog, carriage dog, war dog and more–although today he is best known for his favorite role: family pet.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The origin of the Doberman breed is the stuff of movies. In the 19th century, a tax collector in Thuringen, German named Louis Dobermann spent his days walking house to house asking for overdue taxes. As you might guess, Dobermann was not always welcomed at those houses–and soon he decided he needed a guard dog.
No one knows exactly what mix Dobermann used to breed his guard dog but dog historians frequently mention the old German Shepherd and the German Pinscher, with later crosses possibly including the Greyhound, Rottweiler, Weimaraner and the Black & Tan Manchester Terrier.
Today’s Doberman (often called Dobies by family) has a finer bone structure and more pointed head than its ancestors. Used as a police, guard and military dog, the Doberman now is a popular family pet.
Dogue de Bordeaux
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