Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Houston, Texas, United States
Posted September 5, 2015
Ellie. Ugh. Both the Dachshund and Chihuahua breeds tend favor one or two people and then isn't so nice to others. Ellie has both breeds in her, so that rule is doubly true. We got her from the Humane Society and she instantly took to my mom. I was still only a teenager at this time, but remember that nobody could get close to her except my mom. Over time, she got better, but even now, if my mother is in the room, no one can touch her. A few weeks ago, she actually bit me. Goodness.
Now, please don't misunderstand, I still love her dearly and these breeds aren't all bad. If they are socialized at a young age, they can be great family pets. She was just too old and scared to socialize her properly, but like I said, I still love her. When my mom isn't in the house, she's plenty friendly with me. She plays with me and I can have her in my lap and scratch on her. But as soon as my mother comes in the door, she's back to being my mom's little minion.
It was very difficult to get her to this point though. Lots of hours of training went into her socialization and overall emotional stability. She's grown older and grumpier, but she's still relatively okay with strangers as long as they ignore her. My friend came over the other day and she was growling, but he didn't try to pet her, so nothing happened.
Like I said, not every dog with these breeds will be this way. It's best to socialize them as puppies, or adolescents. I've worked with many Dachshunds and Chihuahuas and they were friendly as could be. It just takes patience and training time. However, I wouldn't recommend this particular breed mix to a household of more than 3 people. If you have young children, this breed might also not be the best due to the socialization difficulty.
In conclusion, Ellie is a wonderful dog for my mom, and she's okay with me now. I still wouldn't recommend this breed if your household contains more than 2-3 people, but they can be trained to be social if you have the time and patience to make it happen.