Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted July 10, 2014
When I was approached by a friend to come look at a long haired dachshund her friend was trying to get rid of, I was hesitant. While I've always had a smaller dog, I was desiring something a little bigger (think German Shepard), but I decided to go visit her anyway. If you've never seen a long haired dachshund, be prepared to have your heart melt. Her expressions, her beautiful coat, and those little legs, pulled at my heart strings. That's when Princess Buttercup ascended her throne in my castle.
The one main point that took a long time to get used to was her skiddishness. She was afraid of almost everything - a result of her former living situation. Because she was an adult, I was afraid how long it'd take to socialize her and bring her down into a calm state. Over the course of two years, I've seen this precious pup grow into a calm, stable and happy dog.
One word of advice for this breed: be patient! While some dachshunds are easier trained than others, I found her to be more difficult than other breeds. That being said, once a command stuck, it didn't go anywhere. Now, with patience and unconditional love, she's a happy and well-trained dog - who LOVES to chase squirrels.