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Nothing Like the Love of a Dachshund

Updated on September 10, 2014

Dachshunds Are a Loyal Dog

Dachshunds love their owners almost as much as their owners love them. They have distinct, individual personalities, and are loyal dogs when treated right. My two Doxies believe they are royalty. I'm not sure why. Okay, okay, maybe they are a tiny bit spoiled.

Here is a tip, if you have one Dachshund, you really should have a second one. They keep each other company and give you double the love and loyalty. I went six months with my first Doxie and had to get another one. They are more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Which Breed of Dog Should I Get?

When I was thinking about getting a puppy, I agonized over which type to get. I had a friend who raised mini-Dachshunds, and she really taught me a lot in my search.

Dachshunds have a reputation for having tempers. My friend told me it is all in the way you treat your dog - any kind of dog. She was right. I ended up getting my first puppy from her and six months later getting another pup to keep our first pup company.

The thing is, if you do not have time to give to a new puppy, they are not going to have pleasant personalities. Think about it? Would you? If the people in my world did not pay attention to me, I would not have the best disposition. With pets, we are all they have. You must be willing to spend the time. You must have patience, and you must have a lot of love to give if you want it in return.

When Dachshunds are treated right and have the attention they need and require, they are the most fun, loving, loyal dogs.

Doxie Love

Doxie Love
Doxie Love
Baby Maggie
Baby Maggie

Maggie: My First Dachshund

With my friend's help, I decided to get one of her Dachshund puppies. I went to visit her from the time she was a week old so she would be used to me.

She looked like a baby Rottweiler. Black and tan with a stub nose.

Where were the long Dachshund nose and the long Dachshund ears? My friend assured me they would grow.

Four weeks later, sure enough, she looked like a tiny Dachshund. Her ears and nose still had a way to go, but she was getting there. She was the most adorable puppy.

We loved her immediately.

Maggie Comes Home

How could you deny that face?
How could you deny that face?

Maggie was full of energy, and she was a baby. I had determined to crate train her and to not let her sleep in our bed. What we must remember when we get a puppy is that they are used to their mother and their brothers and sisters in the litter being with them constantly. They have terrible anxiety attacks when left alone.

I brought the small pet taxi into our bedroom. When she cried, I would talk to her. Did I lose sleep? Yes. Did it pay off? For awhile. She was calm and used to her crate at night. Then, I had to be gone for a few days with my job and came home to a puppy in the bed.

My husband would hold her while watching TV. He normally fell asleep in the chair with her snuggled on his chest. When he tried putting her in the crate, she whined and cried. He didn't have the heart to put her in the crate, so she started sleeping in our bed. Okay, okay, I know you are supposed to let that happen, but I don't regret that it did. We give her security, and she gives us love.

Now, if you do not want to let your pup sleep in your bed, keep them on a rigid schedule until they have accepted the crate. Since I had to be gone, her schedule was disturbed and there was no going back.

Our Sweet Ruby
Our Sweet Ruby

Ruby: Our Second Dachshund

Six months later I caved. I got Ruby, a long-haired mini-Dachshund, Talk about energy and personality! She had both. She came from a litter of 7 and knew how to hold her own.

She and Maggie loved each other immediately. They both had the same father, so they are truly sisters. More importantly, they were there for each others' company. Maggie's separation anxiety went away immediately.

When we had to leave, they wanted to be in their crate together. They just needed to have each other to keep them from being lonely.

Of course, with a new puppy, all the training had started over. Maggie made it easier. She was already trained by this time, and Ruby followed her lead. They are quite the pair.

Our Beautiful Doxies
Our Beautiful Doxies

Our Family Is Complete

Maggie and Ruby are now 6 and 5 years old. They are the best of friends, and they are our little princesses. They have what we call, "Crazy Dog Time" where they chase each other around the house at "light speed" and wrestle and play with their toys. They want us to be part of their playtime.

We love our pups so much and cannot imagine life without them. They are full of personality. If we are happy, they are happy. It amazes me how they pick up on our moods. If I even tear up over a television show, they try to give me comfort by snuggling into me. They constantly check on us and what we are doing. We do the same with them.

They truly are the most loyal dogs.

Best Book Series to Train Puppies

I read the EVERYTHING DACHSHUND BOOK at least three or four times before we brought Maggie home. I still use it because it takes the reader through the life span of their dog. For instance, Dachshunds have long ears, and I reference the book for ear care. It is a must have book if you own a Doxie.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Smine!! We love our two doxies. They are such wonderful dogs!

      Enjoy your pup!! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I'm a dachs fan all the way. I have one myself.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @favored: Thank you! They bring us unmeasurable joy! :-)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      What beautiful pups. I could easily fall in love with these little ones.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @BLouw: What? We can't keep ours FROM licking the table. LOL They are either in our laps and we have to pull them away from the table, or they push the chairs back (the chairs have casters) and get on the chair and up on the table. They can be rascals!! LOL They are so smart!

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      We have a pointer, quite different from a dachshund, so I was interested to see why you chose this particular breed. One big advantage is they can't easily lick the table.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @flycatcherrr: We have had several big dogs over the years, too. They hold a very dear place in our hearts. Too bad Ruby and Henry couldn't meet. I am sure she would think he was the "cat's meow" if he looks like her. She has a lot of self-confidence. :-)

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I'm a lover of large breed dogs, as a rule, but there are a few small breeds I always enjoy - they are "big on the inside" - and the dachshunsd is definitely one of those kind. I learned this from a lovely long-haired guy named Henry, who looked a fair bit like your little Ruby - only, you know, in a totally macho dachshund kind of way. :) Lovely to meet your pups!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love dogs, but never had a dachshund...yet. I have friends with them and they are very lovable pooches with sweet personalities. Your photos are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @rainykua: CHEERFULNUTS!!! So glad to see you here! IT has been a while!! I am so glad you dropped by! :-)

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      Hi Sholland! It must really be wonderful to have Maggie and Ruby in your home. Cute dogs!:)