Gotta Have a Dachshund
How I fell in Love with
On Right Mindy
Black and Tan Smooth Miniature, On left Martie Chocolate and Tan Long
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I thought I was the only one in the world with a overwhelming
love for Dachshund's.
From the first time that I saw this little sausage shaped
image, I knew that no other dog would satisfy me. There
expressive eyes caught me and I have never been the same
It all started when I was 5 years old. I had never seen a
Dachshund before. I received a book featuring a
Dachshund. I don't remember how I got the book, but I remember
the picture. I remember it as vividly as if it were before me
today. A red haired, smooth Dachshund was walking down the
street, and visiting places in his neighborhood. I fell in
love at that moment, going over the book again and again. One
day it finally fell apart. I don't know what happened to that
book, but I vowed that one day I would have my own Hotdog dog.
(Hotdog dog is the name I gave Dachshunds at age 5). I
rarely saw a Dachshund. I might have seen one on TV but
I had never been face to face with one.
As I grew up. My life included many dogs that I took care of
or adopted for a time, and sent to good homes. All different Sizes and Breeds, but the craving
for a long Wiener dog overcame me again, when I saw my sister
in-laws Dachshund. He was everything I remembered, Red haired,
smooth, black nosed and long. With the most bowed legs I had
ever seen, the muscles in those legs. I must admit, I felt
them often to my pure enjoyment. The feeling of those little
short muscular legs gave me a grin from ear to ear. My sister
in-law said I could have him, so I took him home but my dreams
were crushed. Doxie the Dachshund, my dream dog ended up
biting my daughter, in the face of all places. At
first I thought it was a little rough play, but it continued
to happen. I then found out that Doxie had been confined most
of his puppy hood to a kennel in the back of my sister
in-law's car, as she traveled cross country. I was torn
between my daughter and my dream dog. With a
tearful goodbye I gave him back reluctantly. (He now lives
with my father in-law and has a backyard to run in. He does
come to visit and he is very well behaved.)
I was depressed, I had to have my own Dachshund. I had
been saving money for a time. I would go out and get my
own Dachshund. Now that I had a taste I could not go back
to life with out one. I never spent so much money on anything
before. Especially something that was not necessary.
But in my heart it was a necessary to make me happy again.
One morning I
was lining my birdcage with newspaper, and there it was right
there in front of me, DACHSHUND'S FOR SALE. I called the
Puppy Boutique, it was located in Brooklyn, 2 hours by train
from the Bronx. I hate the train and don't like to travel
because Public transportation is so difficult for me, but
to get my Dachshund I would do anything. I left that
afternoon. I never even knew that long haired or mini
Dachshund's existed. I didn't even know that there was
another color beside red and black. I arrived there
tired but excited. Their were 2 Male Puppies left and I watched them
carefully, one stood out. He walked slowly on the floor happy
and playful with the owner's feet. I called to him and he ran
to me in that sweet puppy way. He was the one, a mini long
haired chocolate & tan Dachshund with hazel eyes. He was
such a baby I cradled him in my arms all the way home. From
that night on he has always slept with me.
11 months after we got Martie we got Mindy. We got
her from a wonderful breeder in Tennessee. She is a
lovely little lady and very kissable. She and Martie get
long well. The Years are going by. And everyday I
see then do so many wonderful, naughty and humorous
things. They have so much personality and Love in
them. They are like people even though they cant
talk. I love the feel of their gentle paws on my face
trying to get me to kiss and play with them. These Wonderful dachshunds have made my life so
happy. I am so loved and they are my babies. I don't
know how I lived life without a dachshund. But I tell
you one thing, I will never try to.
well known Type Red
Another Popular Type
Black and Tan Smooth
Black and Tan Longhaired
Hound, AKC Hound
- 15 Years
Dachshund is a small, compact hound whose legs are short and
body is long. The head is long and wedge shaped with pendulous
or 'floppy' ears. The dachshund was bred to hunt badgers (a
nasty, aggressive animal that lives in tunnels). Dachshunds are
still used to hunt rabbits and woodchucks. They have a keen
sense of smell. Their short legs can move amazingly fast. The
dachshund is the only American Kennel Club recognized breed that
can and does hunt above and below ground.
Black and Tan Wirehaired
big do Dachshunds get?
dachshund in the United States is bred in two (2) sizes -
Miniature and Standard. The Miniature dachshund is 11 pounds or
less when over a year old. The Standard dachshund is between 16
and 32 pounds.
kind of hair do dachshunds have?
dachshund is bred in three coat types; smooth, longhaired, and
wire-haired. The Dachshund may have short hair (smooth
dachshund), long hair (reminds of an Irish or Gordon Setter) or
Wire hair - a coarse coat that is like that of a terrier.
require daily combing and brushings; wire-haired need
professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require
regular rubdown with a damp cloth. This breed is an average
and Tan Smooth Double Dapple w/ Blue Eyes
Dachshunds Good with Kids?
do Dachshunds get along with children? How well a
Dachshund gets along with kids will depend on 3 things, the
temperament of the dog, how the dog is raised, and how the kids
are taught to treat animals. A Dachshund with a sound
temperament, and properly raised and socialized with children,
who likewise understand how to treat a dog kindly should do fine
with kids (of course, small children should never be left
unsupervised with any type of dog).
Dachshunds Difficult to Train?
Dachshund is a working dog with a very strong, willful
personality, it takes an owner with an equally determined
character to own a Dachshund. They are not a mean, aggressive,
or unpredictable breed, just strong willed and perhaps, a bit
stubborn. An owner of a Dachshund must be comfortable letting
his/her dog know who is "the pack leader", in which
case they are not very difficult to train. With consistent and
rewarding training they learn quite easily.
Dachshunds get along with other animals?
tend to be very sociable animals, and if properly raised and
socialized generally will get along well with other dogs and
animals. It is important to remember that Dachshunds are
hunters and that if you intend to have Dachshunds with cats,
rabbits, rodents, etc. you should be sure the dog is trained
from an early age to get along with these types of pets.
To an unfamiliar Dachshund your new pet rabbit may be seen as
hunting game and he will only be doing what he sees as his job
to rid you of it. Keep these things in mind when considering a
Dachshund for a pet.
Prone to spinal disc problems (Dachshund paralysis) and can develop
heart disease, urinary track problems, and diabetes. Dachshunds have a
tendency to become overweight and lazy. This is a serious health risk,
putting added strain on the back.
These are active dogs with surprising stamina and they love a regular
walk or session of play in the park. Be careful, however, when pedestrians
are about because Dachshunds are more likely to be stepped on than more
visible dogs. They should be discouraged from jumping, as they are prone
Black and Tan Longhaired Dapple
Zebra like stripes on the back
the Zebra like Stripes
is a Pattern on the coat
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of the Brindle Smooth Dachshund from
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of the Brindle Longhaired Dachshund From
Dachshunds with Distinction
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