12 October 2012

Death by Doxie : Why the Spots, Elfi?

So...last weekend we were cooking up a Chinese feast (or, more accurately, an American Chinese feast). The husband was busily coating some strips of pig for sweet and sour pork and I was running about doing something or other. And then I saw this... 

According to the husband Elfi wanted some of the pork. Which apparently meant getting covered in flour.

ps. Crazy-eye Ferdi!


  1. I do love your Death by Doxie posts!
    On a general question about Dachshunds, how different are the personalities between short haired and long haired (and standard vs mini)? I would absolutely love a standard long hair (think Peter Alexander's Penny) but am not sure what temperament would suit our household best (2 adults, 1 toddler, 2 Burmese and a 10 year old German Shorthaired Pointer & a house with no stairs). We're in southern Tasmania so hot weather is not an issue so far as a long haired breed is concerned.
    Absolutely love your two, they are a stunning pair. Please keep up the dachshund posts, your dachshund photos are gorgeous!

    1. Hi Stella, and thank you! I tried to answer this via email but no go, so I'm hopping you pick up this answer here. (Also I think you may have asked this question previously and I didn't reply - SORRY! The last few months have been madness!).

      I've only had experience with miniatures, so not sure if the same applies for standards, but here's what I've found out:

      - Long hairs do have a reputation for being quieter, gentler, more of a lap dog type thing. This is definitely true for our Ferdi, and seems to be the accepted wisdom. However, I do know a (pure bred) long hair who is quite stand offish and a bit snappy at times too (Ferdi is a not pure bred, ie. he didn't come with papers, but he is all dachshund!). And Ferdi can be a bit barky/bravado-ish with other dogs (though I think that's a socialisation problem as since moving to Korea they don't interact with other dogs often).

      - Short hairs are known for being a bit more energetic and feisty. This is the case with Elfi! Also, every one I know that owns a female short hair says they are just as needy and neurotic as Elfi is...seems to be a trait there!

      - Before dachshunds I had 'proper' dogs (Kelpies crosses mainly). I love doxies because they are like a big dog in a small personality. They have all the personality and intelligence (and bullishness!) or a bigger dog, but in a more manageable size. in short, they are awesome!

      Hope that helps? Any other question don't hesitate to shoot me an email. And if you add a dachshund to the family I'd love to see a photo!

    2. Hi Emily, thanks for the response! I haven't tried commenting before so rest assured! I have heard the longhairs are more laid back and that really does appeal to me after owning a hyperactive and highly excitable German Shorthaired Pointer for 10 years now.
      I adore dachshunds and have wanted one since I was a small kid. I have owned a Blue Heeler cross and now a German Pointer.
      They seem to be getting more and more popular as a breed. We see at least 5 or 6 walked around our part of Hobart.
      I've told my husband that my 40th birthday present in 3 years time can be a dachshund, to take the sting out of turning the big 4-0. :S
      On another note, have you heard/seen of the Dachshund UN installation in Melbourne? It is fantastic! Google it if you haven't heard of it! :)

  2. Oh thank goodness! At first I was thinking this was going to be a medical condition. So, I'm glad that it turned out to be flour.....cute!

  3. Haha ... poor Elfi. I wondered if she'd managed to find herself caught up amongst some mould before I read this story.
    Super cute! :)

  4. Hahaha! Oh dear… poor Elfi… but she does make an adorable Dalmatian! ;)

  5. hehe ferdi's O_O eyes look like he's thinking "GOOD GRIEF!! what is this pox?!" and then goes and washes his hands 4 times.


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