Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
0001, South Africa
Posted October 17, 2015
We got Carlos and his sister, Nikita, as day old pups because their mom passed away at birth. We raised them by bottle feeding every two hours straight throughout the day and night so we were very attached to them. Looking back and with the veterinary knowledge that I have now, I realise that it is not the best set up if a human raises pups - rather try to find a foster dam to nurse them. Pups need to imprint on litter mates and a dog mother.
Important to note is that Carlos was a short haired dachshund as opposed to a wired haired or long haired dachshund. There are definite differences in temperament with the wire haired being the most relaxed and easy going, the long haired being gentle and timid (but the most predisposed to all kinds of diseases) and the smooth haired dachie being the more anxious and aggressive of the three. The specific type of short haired dachie that Carlos was, was a chocolate colour, not the tan colour. His siblings were chocolate dapple dachies.
Carlos was a born pleaser. He was very serious, eager to please and highly strung. He trained very easy but was quite naughty as a pup. He loved tipping the kitchen bin over and strewing every little bin of content through the entire house, even tearing open the teabags. It took very long to teach him to play with his array of toys rather than chewing electric cables, underwear and shoes.
He had tons of energy, even till his last days. I think some of it was brought about by separation anxiety - rather than staying at home, he'll come with and enthusiastically walk all the way with us, even if it meant that he was puffing like a train. He loved barking frantically all the way as well, something that we were never able to stop. But at home he was well trained and was not a constant barker, which is unusual for dachies.
He loved digging, our lawn was always full of holes. He liked playing but was not fond of playing catch. He'd rather run after my husband, trying to catch up as they raced around the house. He got very worked up playing this and I normally had to put an end to it, otherwise he started nipping.
He was always very nervous around children and avoided them if possible. He displayed fear aggression when cornered by children and I opted to rather keep them separate. Extraordinarily, he never chased any of our two cats. I believe that this was part of his obedient nature.
He displayed some behavioural abnormalities like urinating in the house when he was five years old. After consulting with a behavioural specialist we figured out that it was due to anxiety. Some medication and therapy helped to change the situation. Like all dachies, Carlos' back was his weakness. He suffered twice from a slipped disc which I was able to sort out with conservative therapy and luckily no surgery. Dachies also have notoriously bad breath due to periodontitis. At least yearly cleaning of his teeth was necessary even though we brushed his teeth. Another dachie problem is weight. Luckily Carlos was very active and we didn't have difficulty with that, only during his last year when he was sick and inactive.
Carlos was very needy and wanted to be where ever we were, preferably on a lap. However, he was very loyal and had the heart of a lion - he wouldn't hesitate to check out a suspicious noise or rush up to a much bigger dog, trying to intimidate it.