Yesterday we spent the whole day with Chris Barr and Joe Walters from Indiana, who came here to pick up Gwen. Joe Walters has already a tracking dog from us - a two year old "Doc" (Magnum v Moosbach-Zuzelek). Chris is the one who is Gwen's new owner. It was a real treat to get to know him. Chris has read John's book numerous times, and he has read all the blog posts. He was better prepared than anybody else...ever. He could even name dogs in the pictures on the wall in our dining area.
Anyway, we had a blast with Chris and Joe. We know that Gwen is in excellent hands.
One of the topics we discussed yesterday was Gwen's coat, which is short. A dog with this type of coat does not carry a gene for wirehaired coat. The smooth coat like Gwen's is a recessive trait to the wirehair coat. So while a whirehaired dachshund can carry a gene for the smooth coat (and many do), a smooth dachshund with the coat like Gwen's does not carry a gene for the wirehaired coat. If Gwen was bred to another smooth dachshund, the offspring would be all smooth-coated.