Although familiar with the idea that dogs are man's best friends, when deciding which breed to choose for a pet, I believe some breeds will make better companions than others. Perhaps I am just biased because I have a three year old, black and tan miniature Dachshund always pushing a ball around on the floor, but I believe that Dachshunds are one of the best breeds possible for a pet. They are small, smart, and clean. They are wonderful for a fun, loyal, and lovable canine companion.
Dachshunds are Fun and Filled with Energy
Miniature Dachshunds are usually fairly small and weigh less than eleven pounds. If you live in an apartment, have a small yard, or just want an inside dog, a miniature Dachshund is perfect. They are small, clean, and very manageable animals. Although they are bite-sized creatures, their little bodies are filled with seemingly inexhaustible energy. They tend to be a bit lazy if you let them, but if you get them in the habit of going for walks and playing fetch, they will never cease trying to get you to play with them.
Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting badgers and other small animals that have burrows in the ground. They will act out this inherent breeding in play, especially if it means chasing a bright green tennis ball at top speed. If you like to play tennis for recreation, take along your Dachshund. Not only will he think it is a big game of fetch, but he will also go get those pesky tennis balls that get hit out of the court. Many towns and cities also have local weenie races, which is an event where your Dachshund can compete with others of its breed, while you get to watch twenty Dachshunds run as fast as their short legs can carry them.
Dachshunds are Loyal and Lovable
While a more stubborn breed, Dachshunds are very intelligent, loyal, and lovable. They are known to be very attached to their owners. Although they sometimes attach only to one person, if your Dachshund is the only pet, then it might be attached to two owners. This preference is due to the Dachshund nature of being jealous and a bit aggressive. They are more suitable for a couple or an older person living alone, and may not be a breed suitable for small children. If they are attached to you, their quest for affection is similar to that of a cat.
They love to be cuddled, scratched, pet, and just generally loved on by their favorite owners. Their affection for their owners is not necessarily at the expense of everyone else. Dachshunds can be friendly to others, and will allow many different people to play with them, especially if someone is willing to throw the tennis ball! Dachshunds are very protective and dislike unfamiliar people. This makes them perfect guard dogs. They have a loud, warning bark, and will bark often unless trained not to.
Miniature Dachshunds are a fun-loving, loyal, and lovable breed of dog. They are intelligent enough to train, if sometimes strong-willed. A Dachshund will make a small, clean pet that is perfect to keep inside the house. Although you can get a long-haired Dachshund that is likely to shed, smooth Dachshunds don't shed very much. If you bathe a smooth Dachshund a couple of times a month, it will hardly shed at all. They are loyal to their owners, and will protect and love them. They can provide hours of entertainment, and will tire out long after you do. If you are in the market for a pet, head down the Dachshund aisle and pick up a perfect, cuddly friend!