Dino & Squirrel a classy pair
Wednesday, 17th September, 2014
By By Michael Murphy
Local veterinary nurse Megan Enright has come back from the Royal Adelaide Show with top honours after two of her dogs put on a classy performance, even pipping a Malaysian dog flown in especially to compete.
Megan, who is just starting out in the breeding game, took two Miniature Long-Haired Dachshunds to the show - Dino, a male on loan from a Queensland breeder, and his younger sister, Squirrel.
"We had never been to a Royal before," Megan said. "It's really full on."
The two dogs won their sex and age classes, then won against other age groups of the same sex, and Dino then went on to win Best in Breed, while his little sister followed in second place.
Megan said dog breeding involved a lot of homework - including genetic testing - and a little luck played a part too.
"I've been lucky enough to be involved with breeders who really know their dogs," said Megan, who has been in Broken Hill for about seven years, the last three with the RSPCA.
Sally Algate helped Megan handle Dino and Squirrel in Adelaide, after regular handler - Sally's granddaughter Mercedes Tonkin - had to pull out because of school commitments.
Megan said she was excited about her next show, in Mildura next month, where five of her dogs will strut their stuff, including two puppies she has raised.
Dachshunds can be directly traced back to the 15th century in Germany, but Dachshund-type dogs have appeared in ancient Egyptian and Mexican art, according to Purina's website.
The German breed standard was set in 1879 and the breed club established in 1888.