Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner
Kansas, United States
Posted May 24, 2016
My little dachshund was the sweetest dog I've ever owned, and although she was difficult to groom and house train, she was still loved as part of the family.
I got her as a puppy - an adorable, fluffy, long-haired miniature dachshund. She was a gift from my parents when I was ten, and she lived to be sixteen (longer than usual for this breed). Even as a puppy, she proved to have a sweet disposition and was friendly with everyone, including our other pets. Dachshunds have a reputation for being a bit irritable, but based on my experience with this little girl I don't think it's deserved.
This pup was incredibly difficult to house train, though, and it soon became clear that she wasn't all that bright. We could not teach her to come when called (in fact, I'm not sure if she ever learned her own name) or how to sit on command, but she seemed to know that she was mine. She used to follow me around the kitchen as I packed my lunches for school and later for work, hoping for a treat. She loved to go on long walks, too, her short little legs jogging to keep up with my longer strides. Like most dachshunds, she wanted to chase every bird and squirrel that dared show itself in our path, and because we never succeeded at teaching her to come when called, I always had to keep her on a leash when we went outside. However, she never displayed any aggressive tendencies toward other people or dogs we met while out on our walks, and she handled the leash well.
Grooming and Health:
The main downside to long-haired dachshunds from a grooming standpoint is the shedding. They shed all the time, and their hair is light and fluffy, like cat hair - so it floats through the air and sticks to everything. My dog was no exception. She needed regular brushing, and because she had a mostly black coat, she also tended to overheat more easily in the summers if we weren't careful. If you're not willing to commit to high-maintenance grooming and brushing, then this breed is not for you.
Her health held up well overall until she got older and developed a stiff shoulder, which caused her to limp. She also experienced some back trouble as she got older, too, but nothing as extensive as the breed is known for. In the end, we had to put her to sleep after she suffered what the vet said appeared to be a stroke. I hated to lose her - especially since she'd been with me since childhood - but I have many fond memories of her and am glad she joined our family.
This miniature long-haired dachshund was difficult to train and required high-maintenance brushing, but her sweet and friendly disposition endeared her to everyone she met.