Sausage dogs strutting down St Giles High Street, London

Sausage dogs on St Giles, London

Seen strutting along St Giles High Street in central London yesterday were this pair of rather charming sausage dogs.

Sausage dogs strutting down St Giles High Street, London

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.