Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Group classes with a professional
Posted January 2, 2015
My Dachshund can be described as many things: sweet, cuddly, clownish, brave, adventurous. While I wouldn't trade him for the world, he does have his issues.
Swiff is essentially kind to everyone he meets, whether they're human or animal. This also includes those who don't want to befriend him! I can actually count on one hand the number of times he's snapped at another living being (the emphasis is on 'living' beings - his toys have always died in record timing!).
Another positive factor is his noisiness - or lack thereof. He doesn't bark. Well, he does when he's playing, but that's the extent of it. On the other hand, this makes him a really bad guard dog, but hey, who needs one?
As is common with the breed, Swiff is incredibly clever. Not only was he at the top of his class in agility training, but he's extremely cunning at home as well. For instance, when he can't hold in his business, he'll actually cover it with his blanket to keep us from seeing it. Seriously. While we hate this habit of his, we can't help but be grudgingly impressed.
Although this brave little clown is well loved, there's one aspect of Swiff that's disagreeable: he loves to dig and tunnel. That's resulted in incredible gauges in and under the couch, as well as the deck, the stairs, etc. It's a very difficult habit to curve, and the majority of Dachshunds share it. It really doesn't help that they're one of the most stubborn breeds out there! So if you're thinking about adopting one, ensure that your first priority isn't your furniture!