Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Mississippi, United States
Posted October 29, 2015
For 16 years of my childhood, my family owned a chihuahua. He definitely became part of our family. When the time was right, I was on the search for another small breed dog. It took some time, but I finally came across the one I thought would be right for our family. He was a six month old Dachshund mix, whom we named Romeo.
Dachshunds come in three types: smooth, wire-haired, and long-haired. Romeo is the smooth, or short-hair type. I was under the impression dachshunds did much less shedding. Either I was wrong or Romeo is just different. Just make sure to brush often, which helps to get rid of any loose fur.
After getting him house trained, and he past the chewing puppy stage, we couldn't have asked for a better dog. When I say the chewing stage, I'm talking chewing through my thick, TV cable cord, flip flops, anything. But that occurs with most puppies, I believe. Just make sure to get chew bones, toys etc. Place anything of importance where it is not easily accessible to your puppy.
Romeo plays well, and better than most dogs, with my 2 year old niece. He barks when necessary, but also tends to chase rabbits, and squirrels. Dachshunds are known for hunting.
With a personality as friendly as Romeos, you cant go wrong by choosing this breed. Just with any animal, be prepared...they become part of your family!
Below are some pictures of Romeo, along with his puppies, and their mother, Bella :)