Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted April 28, 2014
I got my dachshund, Snickerdoodle, from a supposedly reputable breeder in California when she was three years old. She had been a mama to two litters previously so I knew going in that there might be aggression issues or temperament issues with her. Dachshunds are incredibly stubborn and she continues to prove that every day in the best ways possible. She also likes to eat, which is typical of the breed, so she doesn’t free feed; there are certain times when she gets food and it’s all she gets. She loves going outside and rolling around on the grass and running through it; her favorite thing, however, is any type of squeaky toy. Her mission is to kill the squeaker in it and it’s entertaining to watch her do so.
Since she’s stubborn and has been a mother previously her temperament is not of a typical dachshund. She’s very aggressive to people who come into my house with the exceptions of my parents. She’ll lunge at them barking and I’ll keep her on her harness so I have total control over it, but I don’t think it’s typical dachshund trait. She’s incredibly skittish and is terrified of the world (being so small, I can understand it) so if I take her outside I always take her to quiet places if possible.
Overall, I would get another dachshund in a heartbeat. She’s a wonderful companion and the perfect thing to have when reading scripts or watching TV. I can’t imagine my life without her.