Samantha is a cross between a Dachshund and an Italian Greyhound. That makes her, like, what? An Axis power? Come on, remember? World War II. Germany and Italy? Aw, forget it.... Samantha is just three years old, very friendly and loving. Her momma has lost her home and asked Judy to find homes for her four little rescuedogs. According to her, "Samantha is a real character. She seems to have had little trauma in her life and knows everyone loves her. She is a sweet girl that loves being on or next to you and loves sleeping under the covers day or night. She is very dominating so it's best to let her know from the start you're in charge. She hates to have her nails trimmed and I've seen it take four people to handle her to trim them. The vet seems to be the only place that can get the job done quickly and with only two people.
She has more energy than any dog I've had. She jumps my four-foot fences with ease, but only seems to do so when she is trying to get to me. When I'm home, she has not interest in jumping the fence and roaming.
She is easily trained and definately housebroken. She loves to go in the car, but is a terrible traveller. Of all my dogs, she makes me laugh the most!"
According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, the Dachshund (pronounced dak sund) originated in Germany many hundreds of years ago. "Dachs" is the word for badger. The Dachshund was bred to hunt and follow these animals to earth, gradually becoming highly evolved, with shortened legs to dig the prey out and go down inside the burrows. Smaller Dachshunds where bred to hunt hare and stoat. Dachshunds have many "terrier" characteristics. They are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters, besides badgers. Lively and affectionate; proud and bold, almost rash. Tenacious. Can be willful and clownish. Curious and mischievous, they are very clever and may attempt to train the owner rather than allow the opposite. Devoted to his family, some fanciers feel the long-haired variety is calmer than the other two types. The wire-haired variety is more outgoing and clown-like. All are slightly difficult to train. Dachshunds are good dogs to travel with. They are best with older, considerate children and are moderately protective. These little dogs like to bark (their barks are surprisingly loud for their size) and are compulsive diggers. They are generally okay with other pets, however, they can be jealous, irritable, obstinate and very quick to bite. Sometimes they will refuse to be handled. They should not be over fed, for this breed tends to gain weight quickly. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
More about Samantha the Italian Dachshund
Good with Dogs, Good with Kids
Samantha the Italian Dachshund's companion, Brutus the MinPin (adopted) can also be seen on our website.
Samantha the Italian Dachshund's companion, Franky the Papillon (adopted) can also be seen on our website.
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