Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted May 12, 2014
My Dachshund Otis was bred by grandfather, who was coincidentally the family veterinarian. Otis was a great dog, honestly. Well, when he wanted to be!
Growing up around this creature, you had a certain level of respect for him that simply could not be matched.
A small Dachshund like this seemed to have a sort of Napoleon complex!
Otis would routinely pick fights with much larger dogs, even the neighbor's golden retriever. In his older days, my dear pal Otis seemed to slow down. He would spend his days basking in the warm sunlight in our yard.
A marvelous dog, really. He had the energy of any of us kids. He could always keep up and play along with whatever game we happened to be playing. While he was an absolute terror to any dog larger than him, he was kind and endearing to children. Otis was the epitome of a family dog.
He fulfilled the needs of a gallant watchdog and also a plaything for the kids.
As small dogs go, they consume little food. They rarely need to be trimmed as their fur is short. They are indeed intelligent, quick to train. While they may not be perfect for hunting, they are great dogs still.
My Otis's larger-than-life persona is a memory which will never fade. A must have dog for a young family.