Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner
Wesson, Mississippi, United States
Posted September 23, 2015
I first got Mr. Weenie (his original name was Teddy--an infinitely more dignified name, but what can I say? His nickname stuck) three years ago. He's my shadow, my baby, and--occasionally-- the source of my headaches.
Where do I start? Oh, yes. Number one thing about Dachshunds that everyone should know; make sure you get these little guys plenty of space to run around. It can be a little nervewracking if, like myself, you don't have a fenced-in yard and you worry about them getting in the road. So I have to walk him quite a bit longer than my other dogs require, but that's okay.
Mr. Weenie is a fantastic dog, and I love him. He's loyal, extremely smart, and I couldn't ask for a better companion. However, with that being said, I would not recommend Dachshunds to everyone. They can develop horrible back problems later in life, and they're very prone to weight gain--not good for your vet bill at all. They can also tend to have a jealous streak (mine has one a mile long, but luckily his mild temper and good training prevented it from turning into the biting type of jealousy) and can be a wee bit territorial. Their bark is also much louder than their tiny size would suggest, due to their deep chest cavities, and boy do they like to bark! But this also makes them excellent watch dogs.
All in all, I couldn't ask for a better pet. I will always be a Dachshund aficionado--the weenies have won my heart!