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The Dachshund Dog Knocker ™ was designed by Michael Healy who loves dogs and was particularly fascinated when he heard the history of the Dachshund, whose short legs and long body can be traced back as far as Ancient Egypt. A hunting dog by nature, the modern Dachshund was bred in Europe in order to flush small animals out of holes. In fact, the name Dachshund is German for “badger dog” because it was frequently used in the hunting of those burrowing creatures. The Dachshund Dog Knocker ™ is cast in solid bronze. It was handcrafted using the age-old art of foundry casting. During this process, molten bronze is heated to over 2200ºF and then carefully poured into a handmade sand mold. This mold is used only once, giving your Dog Knocker ™ its individual character. The Dachshund Dog Knocker ™ was treated with a dark patina, then hand polished and coated with a clear lacquer to protect its original finish. In order to confirm authenticity and quality craftsmanship, this Dog Knocker ™ carries the signature of artist Michael Healy.