Miniature Longhaired Dachshund
Colour: Black/Cream Dapple
Size: 11 lbs
DOB: October 7th, 2013
Breeder: Teckel du Nord
Sports: Obedience, Rally, Tracking
Long awaited is the newest addition to my doggy family, Kelso the Mini Dachshund. Every "big dog" person has a little breed that they have an affinity towards. Mine is the Mini Dachshund - the longhair variety in particular. LOOK AT HOW CUTE THIS DOG IS!!!!! I am in love!! I swear I could have gaggle of these little guys. Tons of drive and a level of food obsession that rivals any self-respecting Golden Retriever. When he's really hungry and I bring out the awesome treats he leaks drive by chattering his teeth... I LOVE IT!! I have trained many dogs with insatiable food drive, but have never owned one. Now I do. I am incredibly excited to see what he and I are capable of in the competitive ring!
Kelso is a gutsy little guy with an aloof attitude towards strangers. I was able to identify this very early on in his development and methodically socialized him to be indifferent to people rather than suspicious of them. It's very important to understand your breed's natural tendencies! Dachshunds are one of the top biting breeds. They require LOADS of proper socialization to reduce this kind of behaviour. In his first few months with me he met over 250 people and attended Hound's Hangout nearly daily. This has produced a Dachshund that has great coping skills and is clear headed and sensible in any environment. He was certainly a bit nervy as a young puppy and without this kind of early intervention I can nearly guarantee he would have been "a bit nasty"! But he's not and he's lovely!! And CUTE to boot!
Kelso at 5 months showing off his stuff!