Archive for November, 2009

Black-and-tan dapple dachshund. Photo by Erwin Loh.

From Dog World

Dachshund breeders in the UK and the Kennel Club are to be commended for this action.

Maybe the next step will be to allow dogs with somewhat longer legs so they don’t move around like weasels or mink. After all, this is still a working breed. The smallest doxies are supposed to go after rabbits in pipes and tunnels. Their small size has a function.

There is nothing wrong with this color in dachshunds. It just should be bred responsibly.

Important note: The dog above is a single-dapple. Her sire was a black-and-tan dapple (silver dapple in every country but the US) and her dam was a solid red.

Let’s hope other merle breed fanciers get their acts together.  Dapple and merle are the same color genetically.

Another breed that comes in merle (and may be a descendant of the Dachshund):

Blue merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Photo by Muu-karhu.

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It’s Thanksgiving, so I have to do something on turkeys.

And turkeys, like a lot of gallinaceous birds, have these unique courtship motor patterns.

They do display them at relatively early age.

The adult version is far more dramatic:


Sometimes hen turkeys will go into this same motor pattern and gobble:


Now, turkeys can be made to gobble at virtually any weird sound, and it is also easy to get them to puff up and display.

However, the actual strutting behavior is a courtship motor pattern.

Of course, it is nothing like the courship motor patterns of the sage grouse, which is far more bizarre. The following was filmed using a “Fembot” sage grouse hen:


Over the generations,  certain hens in various chicken-like birds have selected for unusual motor patterns in their mates.   If a male can develop such weird behavior and have such extravagant display plumage, he must be a healthy bird with good genes to pass onto the next generation. Of course, she’s not reasoning that way, but her brain is wired to find these features attractive or at least somewhat novel. Eventually, the “aesethic sense” becomes as deeply ingrained in her DNA as the display motor pattern is in the male.

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God Loves a Terrier

Another scene from Best in Show:


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In the woods surrounding my house, a melanistic white-tailed deer has been spotted running with its normal-colored mother.

It’s one of this year’s fawns.

If I can get a photo of it, it will be posted.

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Yes, it’s been spotted. It was mistaken for a black dog.

It’s one of this year’s fawns. If I can get a photo of it, it will be posted!



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The next fad dog will be the merle American cocker spaniel.

And you will get double merles that have all sorts of problems.

Merle coloration exists in no other breed of gun dog.

So I have no idea where this color came from.

That particular breeder understands the rule about breeding merles, but my guess is the average cocker puppy miller who founds a colony of these dogs won’t follow that rule. Breeding merle to merle will make more merles to be sold for higher prices.

Keep in mind that this breed of cocker has just now started to recover from decades of insane over-breeding. There aren’t many of them that work as useful gun dogs, and if you find a working cocker, it will most likely be of the English cocker breed.

Why merle to merle mating is cruelty.

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The picture above comes from Mason’s Dogs of All Nations (1915).

The entry on the Chinese Crested dog goes as follows:

Height: 12 in.

Weight: 20 lbs.

This is a hairless breed, except that he has a silky top-knot or crest, and some feathering or tuft at the root of the tail, which feature is considered very typical of the breed. It is difficult to assign its origin, but they are found freely in the South and Central American States, Mexico, South Africa and China. The ears should be carried erect and are never cut. The conformation of the body is like that of the black and tan [Manchester] terrier, but the head is shorter and the skull more rounded. The skin always feels cold [Not true, hairless dogs were used as “electric blankets” because so much heat escapes their naked bodies] and is of the color of the hide of an elephant. Some are mottled with flesh colored patches, and sometimes the skin is of a pink color with grizzle patches.

This dog has  strong xoloitzcuintli affinities.

I am waiting for my Chinese crested expert to provide some more detailed analysis.

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Believe it or not, I have a ton of this guy’s books. I was generally interested in the subject.

I agree that animals have emotions and can suffer.

But that’s really about it.

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And this is good news.

This is what is wrong with double-dapple dachshunds.

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