|Barked: Wed Nov 7, '12 7:49am PST |
|I didn't really choose my Doxie, since she was brought to our house when we were living in Mexico. I knew nothing about any breed nor dogs in general when we took in that little puppy.
But now that I've lived with a Dachshund for almost 5 years, I can see how they are the right breed for my lifestyle in many ways. I am very stubborn and love a challenge. And so is Lupi! She has excelled at anything we've put our minds to, whether it be agility, tricks or even obedience.
A compact little dog, they are great to travel with, yet sturdy enough for long hikes in the mountains. Lupi is wary of strangers, but absolutely loyal to my large extended family. She is an excellent watchdog. We never bothered to replace our doorbell after doing some exterior renos a few years ago!
I find them to be low-shedders (at least compared to the Spaniels, pugs, labs and Frenchies that frequently visit our home!). Not sure if it's a breed trait or just mine, but she is very clean. Avoids mud puddles and sticks to pavement when she can. Since I'm a bit of a neat freak, I really appreciate this.
Dachshunds are independent creatures, which suits me well since I don't like an extremely clingy dog. But they also love to cuddle, especially in bed with you. When I'm sick, Lupi is the BEST hot water bottle!
I've often thought about which breed I would choose for my next dog. I tend to pick the super-friendly breeds, since Lupi is so timid with strangers (not a true Doxie trait) and I think it would be so much easier to have a really sociable dog. But invariably, when I start doing more research and meeting those breeds, I realize there is no "perfect" dog and that Lupi is probably as close to perfect-for-me as I'll ever find.
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