Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted August 8, 2014
Holly was my first ever dachshund but I’m sure she will not be my last. Owning a dachshund isn’t quite what I would call it because it was more like she owned me. I thought I was getting a pet instead what I got was a shadow, a body-guard, an anti-burglar alarm system and a foot warmer.
Dachshunds are a lot of dog in a very small package (and boy don’t they think so!). In terms of noise, if you’re not a fan of dogs who are perpetually on alert and feel the need to inform you of every outside event then perhaps this is not the dog for you. Holly was often known to bark at sounds audible only to her, unfortunately her alerting often set-off our other dogs to join in on her chorus.
Our lovely little Holly was asthmatic and prone to seizures which meant a bit of extra care on our part in the form of the occasional anti-histamine tablet enrobed in peanut butter and holding her if she did have a seizure so that she wouldn’t cause any lasting damage to her spine. Dachshunds are known to have issues with their backs due to the very nature of their design. This was as well the case with Holly as she got older. Another well-known trait of many dachshunds is their tendency to get attached to one person in particular and to become possessive of this person. Holly was no different, however through effective training she left this bad habit quite quickly.
Dachshunds can be good with children but often have a very low level of tolerance for very small children such as infants and toddlers so an idea home would be one with adults and older children. They as well can get along very well with other dogs as long as they are socialized from an early age. Overall a great dog with loads of personality in a compact size!