Dog Breeds: Why did your breed choose you ?

Recently I have seen good discussions on the social networks in relation to numbers of exhibits in particular breeds of dogs being shown at dog shows affiliated to The Irish Kennel Club.

The breed of dog that I fell in love with many years ago, the Standard Smooth Dachshund, isn’t a numerically strong breed in Ireland, and as I have said before, for the life of me I can’t understand why.

They are relatively small, hardy, smooth coated, can take as much exercise as you can give them, great property protectors, wont eat you out of a house and home, and you don’t need a big car or trailer to transport them around in.

Now when I was growing up, my family always had big hounds and lurchers, and I often ask myself how I ended up with one of the smallest hounds out there.

Like most things, it came down to the circumstance I found myself in at the time.

When we first got a house that had a fenced in back garden, we decided to get our first dog. We had moved to Cork from Dublin 2 years prior to this but for those first 2 years were living in a rented property, and although we longed for a dog (excuse the pun) thought it best we wait, until we had a place of our own.

What also influenced our decision was that we were travelling from Cork to Dublin to visit family and friends every three or so weeks, and would be taking our dog (which soon turned into dogs) with us.

Back then the road wasn’t the super highway that we are blessed with now, (one of the remnants of The Celtic Tiger) and a trip to Dublin could take up to 3 and a 1/2 hours depending on the time of day you left.

We wanted a dog which represented all the hound characteristics, and one that we could plop on the back seat of our car every few weeks or so, for a return trip to the Metropolis as my Dublin born wife liked to call it, or Big Smog to me.

By taking our circumstances into consideration, I suppose the breed of dog chose us instead of the other way around.

On the Kennel Clubs web site there is a tool called Find A Breed, Which one is right for you ?

Based on a set of questions, and the relative answers this whittles down the 200+ dog breeds to a select few that would suit your lifestyle.

Then it’s a question of carrying out more research on these breeds to ensure you are aware of all things related to same, by way of exercise requirements, feeding, grooming, housing, longevity, or any health issues the breed may have.

Once you have decided on the perfect fit for you and maybe your families lifestyle, it’s time to get in touch with a reputable breeder, and get placed on their puppy waiting list.

So that’s how I became involved and owned by at this stage 4 Standard Smooth Dachshunds, and although my circumstances have changed over the years, I doubt very much if I will ever be at a stage in my life where there wont be a representative of this breed in our home.

Feel free to get in touch with us here, and tell us how you came to being owned by the particular breed of dog that fills your life.