Seen strutting along St Giles High Street in central London yesterday were this pair of rather charming sausage dogs.
Some sausage dog facts
Sausage dogs – or ‘dachshunds’ are they’re officially categorised – get their name from their elongated bodies, but despite their cute appearance, a 2008 study found them to be more aggressive than pit bulls, rottweilers and Rhodesian ridgebacks.
Originally bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, Dachshunds now come in three sizes: standard, miniature [read more here].
No dogs for Brixton
There was a recent fundraising campaign to bring a hipster-luring, Instagram-generating Sausage Dog Cafe to Brixton, which – given the documented aggressiveness of the animals – didn’t seem like the greatest idea I’ve ever heard.
It looks like it won’t be happening any time soon anyway, as co-founder Emilie Harley‘s hopes of reaching the required £55,000 funding target were cruelly dashed (dachshunded?), with less than £1,500 being raised.