Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted February 7, 2014
My miniature dachshund came to our household as a pup. My father picked her out because he fell in love with her and wanted a dog that was easy to groom. The short haired dachshund is, indeed, easy to groom. Minimal brushing is required and they can be easily wiped off with a towel if they become muddy. Their size is another asset when baths can be accomplished in the kitchen sink and also make them perfect for apartment living.
Our little dachshund loved to snuggle and burrow into her covers. A lot of blankets is essential for the dachshund, who is traditionally a burrowing type breed. Their lack of dense fur encourages them to snuggle against your leg or under your bed linens. Their need to burrow also creates wonderful cuddle times with their owners. As a pup our dachshund would snuggle up on my Dad's shoulders.
Our dachshund was fiercely protective though and did not like the neighbor dog. They often got into fights and had to be forced apart. The dachshund's sharp teeth are to be avoided and ours hated taking any kind of medication, but she loved to give kisses otherwise.
As she grew older, her health problems doubled. It's important to stick to a good diet with these dogs, as their backs, even the miniature variety, cannot withstand any added weight. When our pup gained too much weight she lost the use of her back legs. After placing her on careful diet and working daily with her, she did regain the use of her legs, but it's best to start out with a good diet and avoid the therapy.
Our dog also developed diabetes and had to be given a shot of insulin daily due to her initial poor diet.
Overall, my dachshund was a wonderful companion, terrific snuggler, and loving pet.