The Joys Of Owning Miniature Dachshunds
Owning Miniature Dachshunds can be loads of fun. I have owned three in my lifetime. My first Doxie was a red named Little Guy. We got him when he was about 8 weeks old and he turned out to be one of the best dogs I have ever had. He had so much personality and just loved everyone. Little Guy was only 10 pounds which is on the large size for a mini but he had so much energy! He would run down the hall and back up then jump on the couch, bounce off the back of the couch, and run down the hall again. He loved opening his Christmas presents as well. When you gave him a present, he would tear the paper to the point that he could pull the toy out and then he would run off with the toy, leaving the paper behind. It became a bit of a challenge when we had kids though because he wanted to open their's too! We lost Little Guy to pnuemonia when he was 11 years old. We now have two more Doxies, Lou is a piebald, black, white, and tan spotted(look for photos below), and Copper is a red( the one making faces below). Lou is 5 years old and is pretty mellow in comparison. His favorite thing to do right now is chase lizards around the yard. Copper on the other hand has a personality all his own. He uses his front feet like they are hands and does some pretty cute tricks. All three Dachshunds I have owned have been great with my kids.
The wonderful things about Mini Dachshunds are: Their size, they are usually around 8 pounds and while they are longer than other small breeds, they don't take up too much space when curled up on the couch. They are good with kids! Kids like to carry around little dogs and cuddle with them, Mini Dachshunds want to be carried around and cuddled with. They also like playing with the kids. Lou likes to climb up on playsets and slide down slides whether the kids are with him or not!
A few interesting facts about Dachshunds:
Dachshunds, meaning "badger dog" in German, were first bred in the early 1600's in Germany. The idea was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig down into badger burrows and fight vicious badgers to death. Dachshunds are a lively sort with a friendly personality and a keen sense of smell. They first became popular in the United States in the early 1900s.
Dachshunds come in more colors and color combinations than any other breed of dog. You can find your usual reds and black and tans of course. You can also find them in black & cream, blue & cream, blue & tan, chocolate & cream, chocolate & tan, cream, fawn& cream, fawn & tan, wheaten, wild boar, black, chocolate, & fawn. You can find them brindle, dapple, sable, brindle piebald, double dapple, & piebald. Then you've got long hair , short hair, smooth, and wirehaired. I have seen some of these colors and they are absolutely adorable.
If you are looking for a small dog that will be good with the whole family, Mini Dachshunds are just the breed you want. They love attention, are good with kids, and also make relatively good guard dogs. They can make a lot of noise for a little dog if someone is around who shouldn't be. They are also very protective of their family. Copper jumps right in to protect my youngest son whenever someone is playing too rough with him. I have never had a Doxie bite anyone just to be mean.
Doxies love to be covered up when they sleep. They will burrow themselves under the blankets to keep warm. Lou likes to sleep with his head on a pillow. For 8 pound dogs, they are bed hogs though. We do not allow them to sleep in our bed because they take over the bed and, in Lou's case, the pillow!
I think I will own Doxies for as long as I am able to own dogs. I couldn't think of any other small dog that I would prefer to have as a part of my family.