Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 15, 2014
Daschunds make great pets, and I highly recommend them! They are known for being cute, cuddly, friendly, and brave. I got my dachshund Toby when I was in middle school. He was extremely friendly and loved everyone. In fact, he loved everyone a little too much, as he had a habit of greeting new visitors with a congenial leg hump (until he was fixed). He enjoyed living out in the country. He could often be found sun bathing on my front lawn or running around our property chasing anything he could find. Dachshunds are not the brightest of dog breeds, and Toby was a testament to that. It was a lost cause teaching him advanced commands both on account of his stubbornness and his intelligence level. However, he took to house training very quickly, and he was very adept at reading peoples' emotions and matching his energy with the energy of others.
As far as behavior problems, Toby never snapped at anyone, even after much provocation from toddlers. He was also great around other animals. He got along well with cats and dogs alike. However, he did get into a fight or two with another neighborhood dog. Some people say that small dogs have a "Napoleon Complex," but in the case of Toby, I think he just didn't realize how small he was. He fancied himself a big dog.