Barney and Sammy with their Humans at our Fairfield Suisun Caccination Clinic

Here are Barney and Sammy with their humans at our Fairfield Suisun vaccination clinic. We already know Barney from years ago and now Barney’s humans have added 3-month-old Sammy to the family. The interesting thing about Sammy is that although his parents are not a part of this household, he is actually a full brother of Barney’s but 4 years removed. This just goes to show that Doxies and their miniature and their crossbred variations make good pets and their humans just can’t get enough of them. The Dachshund has a history dating to 16th century Germany and was originally bred to hunt badgers and chase them into their den. The reason Doxis are even able to fit into the small den of the badger is that the breed is affected by the condition known as achondroplasia. Achondroplasia is a single gene mutation which results in the failure of long-bone cartilage to turn to bone. The characteristic effect is a disproportionate shortening of the legs accompanied by an outward twist of the front legs. This genetically inherited condition is commonly seen in Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Corgies and Bulldogs and has no other deleterious effects on the physical health or longevity of the affected animal. The condition in humans called ‘dwarfism’ results from a similar achondroplastic mutation but it is located on a different gene than the one responsible for the canine condition.

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