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Small dogs with curly tails

Small dogs with curly tails

Small dogs with curly tails have had their image in pop culture for years. But not many know that the trend began in Germany.

In the 1950s and 1960s, a group of people started dyeing their dogs’ tails curly. They called themselves the Weimaraner Club Germany. They had fun playing with their dogs and letting their hair curl into its current look.

Weimaraner Club Germany

The term “Weimaraner” is made up of the German words “Weimer” (to play) and “Armer” (to protect).

The Weimaraners were not just a bunch of crazy dogs. They were an organized club and started publishing a magazine called “Curly Times.”

They were also well-known German celebrities who attended fashion shows, appeared on talk shows and even wrote books.

The Curly Times Magazine

One of the founders, a woman named Lola Jossa, took a lot of photographs of the dogs and their curly tails.

“Because I was a fashion photographer, I photographed a lot of these beautiful dogs,” she said.

These images later became an inspiration for the club. The members used Lola’s photographs to design their own curly tail coats.

In fact, many people who were involved with the club, including members’ children, still have their original coats and have been wearing them for more than 60 years.

Their first curly coat for Weimaraners was designed in 1963 and has changed very little over the years. They also started to have their first show at the “Schieße Garten” event in the spring of 1965.

A group of Weimaraners wearing their curly coats at the 1965 show

Today, the Weimaraners continue to show their curly coats at special events, have their own magazine and even have a “Club Curlytail” event.

“It’s a club and it’s a lot of fun,” Weimaraner owner, Christine Eller said. “But it’s a lot of work for the dogs.”

She takes part in two shows a year and her dogs have a full day of preparation for each.

Eller and her Weimaraners

When asked about the meaning of a curly tail, Eller explained: “These are dogs who have inherited a curly tail from their ancestors. That’s why I was interested in the club when I saw it.”

According to Eller, the club makes a real difference in the life of Weimaraners and not only by the opportunity to show their curly coats at shows.

The club also organizes training sessions, plays a major role in the lives of the dogs and their owners and offers lots of fun as well.

When asked about the differences between living with a curly Weimaraner and a normal Weimaraner, Eller said: “The dogs who are curly are a lot of fun. They just love to play and they are smart, but as the curly coats start to age, they are definitely prone to allergies, more nervous and a lot more sensitive to certain sounds and smells.”

When asked how people should deal with the dogs with curly coats, Eller said: “People should not abuse them. We are a little more timid and also, our skin is more sensitive. People should treat them with respect.”

If they are to be taken outside, Eller always recommends taking them to a park, rather than the beach or the woods.

“We like playing in the sun and playing in the water,” she says. “We do not like the cold as we get so chilly and if it gets very cold, we freeze.”

She added: “If people have doubts about whether or not they should take them to shows, they should. It’s fun for them, it’s fun for us and it’s fun for the audience. You will get a lot of laughs.”

The next show is at Petland, in the south east corner of the city. There will be a performance at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm, on Saturday, January 25, and at 11.30am on Sunday, January 26.

The dogs can be viewed by appointment. Go to www.pawstix.ie, for further details and times.

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