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I'm Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the ""Living with Dogs"" columnist
for dogster.com. I've actually written 6 books and I'm hard at work on my next one. It will
be about about dogs -- that's as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think
nobody's life is complete without one. So I'm here to tell you about a variety of different
dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you'll adopt one soon.
The Dachshund may look like a little dog but he is actually not in the toy group. He is
in the hound group because he is a ferocious warrior. He is actually bred to fight badgers
to the death. Dachshund means 'badger hound' in German and the way the dog is built with
the long body and the little short legs and really sharp teeth with the long snout. This
is like hardwired design for burrowing down the bedrock hole and going after the prey.
So you're looking at a dog once he is at home loves to burrowing things. So don't be surprised
if your Dachshunds is going to be wiggling under the covers . They frequently like to
sleep all the way under the covers like totally not just tucked in but like enclosed. And,
that is normal. They are bred for that. A lot of really legendary people have had this
breed of dog. We are looking at Pablo Picasso, William Randolph Hearst, and great artists
Andy Warhol and David Hockney were huge Dachshund fans too.
He is not really such a little dog. He has a huge attitude. If you've ever noticed, Dachshunds
don't really smile a lot. A lot of dogs do have like a little smile, like a little dolphin
but Dachshunds are very very serious.The great humorous Ech Al Mankon once said that a Dachshund
is half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long. So you have to be aware when you are walking
one or carrying for one that they are going to walk differently and they are going to
have their own pace and own kind of gate. So lets say you want to mix two kinds of dogs
in one home, just be aware of that, you know, one dog with long legs is going to go one
way and Dachshund is going to way into her own way.