Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
The only drawback of that many pups in a litter is that I have to count them all the time to make sure that everybody is following the pack.
This time pups were much more curious about the pond. The water was very warm so I gently took each pup individually and wetted it. They really did not mind.
They were not intimidated by all the fish swimming so close by either.
I think we need to reduce the fish population as there are so many of them!
I did not really plan to get into water as I was holding my camera, but I slipped and fell (camera stayed dry). And since I was already wet, I took several steps into the pond. Some pups followed. I did not expect that they would be ready to swim so far.
Some of them got submerged but nobody panicked. I guess they might react differently in a week when they get into the "fear imprinting period".
But today they were really brave and ready for adventure!
Joeri and Tommy did not mind the nose and crowd, but Ola was not too impressed. She calmed down after a while, and altogether it was a good experience for her.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Keena still spends some time with her pups daily. If they get out of hand, she quickly puts them in their place.
They compete for her attention!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Chris, because of the time constraint my answer will have to be relatively short, but I'll try to do my best. The AKC standard for the breed gives a good description of the wirehaired coat:
"With the exception of jaw, eyebrows, and ears, the whole body is covered with a uniform tight, short, thick, rough, hard, outer coat but with finer, somewhat softer, shorter hairs (undercoat) everywhere distributed between the coarser hairs. The absence of an undercoat is a fault. The distinctive facial furnishings include a beard and eyebrows. On the ears the hair is shorter than on the body, almost smooth. The general arrangement of the hair is such that the wirehaired Dachshund, when viewed from a distance, resembles the smooth. Any sort of soft hair in the outercoat, wherever found on the body, especially on the top of the head, is a fault. The same is true of long, curly, or wavy hair, or hair that sticks out irregularly in all directions. Tail-Robust, thickly haired, gradually tapering to a point. A flag tail is a fault."
The FCI dachshund standard (description of the ideal) states: With exception of muzzle, eyebrows and ears, perfectly even close fitting, dense wiry topcoat with undercoat. The muzzle has a clearly defined beard. Eyebrows are bushy. On the ears, the coat is shorter than on the body, almost smooth. Faults include:
• Soft coat, whether long or short.
• Long coat, standing away from body in all directions.
• Curly or wavy coat.
• Soft coat on head.
• Flag on tail.
• Lack of beard.
• Lack of undercoat.
• Short coat.
Joeri would be a good example of ideal wirehaired coat - a nice bushy beard, yet tight wiry, harsh body coat, no hair on his ears. Wirehaired dachshunds need to be groomed, and Joeri is not an exception. This will be a topic for another post, but I just would like to mention that Joeri looks good when his coat is stripped 2-3 times a year.
Ideal wirehaired coats do not breed true, and this is a big problem when it comes to breeding wirehaired dachshunds for the field. Even when both parents have ideal coats, most likely their pups will have a whole range of coats. Those who have been following this blog, probably remember that Joeri and Emma's four pups included smooth Olive, Ollie with a very good coat, and Olana and Oak with softer coats.
When it comes to hunting dachshunds, who do you think will have a more functional coat - Bernie or Angie?
Above - Bernie came out of parents with ideal coats. He has a double coat typical for wires (true smooth dachshunds have a one-layer-coat), but his topcoat is very short, and he does not have a beard, eyebrows or leg furnishings. Technically he is a smooth dachshund.
Angie has a soft and fluffy coat, which has not been groomed. If she went like this into a thick cover, her coat would be a complete mess. If she were to be used for field work, her coat would have to be clipped and kept very short.
Both Bernie and Angie have faulty coats, but Bernie's coat is much more functional than Angie's. His coat is double layered and provides good protection; there is no grooming required. Angie's coat does not provide protection and would be a liability in the field. However, some people love the look of wirehaired dachshund with a beard, and would choose Angie over Bernie, if they were basing their decision exclusively on the coat type.
Different registries and breed clubs treat the smooth coat coming out of wires differently. In the USA there is only one breed - the dachshund - and a registration certificate does not even state the coat type. If Bernie were to go to a show ring - he would be shown as a smooth dachshund. In the FCI countries, where crossing various coats of dachshunds is forbidden, individuals like Bernie are disqualified from breeding. In other countries, like Canada, he would be re-registered as a smooth. The problem of smooth and soft coats does not exist only in wirehaired dachshunds but it is encountered in other wirehaired breeds such as Deutsch Drahthaar or Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. A good discussion of problems with coats in the latter breed is at http://www.griffonpoint.com/wire-coat.htm
In Germany, since smooths out of wires are penalized and disqualified from breeding, many breeders try to avoid them and tend to breed softer, fuller coats that are not very functional in the field. By the way, "smires" is just a made up term used by enthusiasts of this type of coat.
Gilda loves to swim! When we let her off the leash she jumped into the pond and swam for several minutes. Then she went to search for a rabbit. When she got back, she swam more.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I love Coleman toys for dogs. We already have a fox, which looks and feels almost like a real thing.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Just like we have done it with other litters, we are working on socializing puppies with other dogs. It has to be done away from pups' mothers as they are quite protective (especially Gilda) and are not willing yet to share their pups with the rest of our dogs.
Today we had two sessions of Joeri playing with both litters (separately). The pictures show "G" pups.
Exposure like this is very beneficial for the pups as they are learning how to behave around other dogs. They also learn self control.
Joeri was very good with pups. He played with them, rolled on his back, and never was too rough. Altogether it was an excellent experience for the puppies and for Joeri.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Breeding wirehaired dachshunds is highly unpredictable as far as the coat is concerned. In previous litters of Billy and Gilda we had a higher proportion of ideal wire coats. In this litter we have more softer coats than we usually get.
Next weekend, on May 31, I am going to take the puppies to New Jersey, where the NATC is having a Zuchtschau. I will show Tommy and Joeri at the Zuchtschau, and later in the day Anke Master, NATC Breed Warden, is going to inspect and tattoo these puppies. Today we vaccinated them for the first time with Merial rDAPP vaccine. When we were done with pictures and vaccination (we give our own shots), pups were so tired that they fell asleep. It was a good opportunity to cut their nails and then put them in crates.