Tuesday, February 10, 2009

'The Long and Short of it All' is Brought to You by:

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Marienlust Kennels, West Hempstead, New York.

(Image from the monthly American Dachshund magazine, 1965.)

Meet your great great great grandpa. From the book Dachshund by Ann Gordon: In the late 1930s, Josef and Maria Mehrer established the von Marienlust Kennel in West Hempstead, New York. This was a defining moment in the development of the Dachshund in the twentieth century, particularly in smooths. Josef and Maria were knowledgeable about the breed, and Josef was an astute breeder who had the knack for knowing what sires and dams clicked to produce the best offspring. Many of the breeders of that time founded their kennels using von Marienlust stock. A large number of our present-day smooth Dachshunds can be traced back to von Marienlust bloodlines.

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Anonymous said...

Our first dachshund, Sophie, bought the year after we were married in 1965, was a daughter of Steve von Marienlust. Thirty years after she died, and seven dachshund later, I still miss her dearly. Thank you for bringing back precious memories.

Joey and Maggie said...

What a great coincidence. Steve looked so handsome in the ad, and then we researched the kennel...had no idea how instrumental it was in Smooth development. Sophie was a great forefather of todays dachshunds, something to be really proud of, thanks for telling her story!

Helen said...

Steve was my Great Aunt's (Maria Mehrer)dog and we loved him dearly...he sired my grandmother's dog, Laura and our dog, Pee-Wee. I have many fond memories of them all. I believe Bob Hope even got a dog from her.

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