I remember when I took my doxie Duke to his first vet appointment when he was less than three months old. I told the vet, "I think I'm too old for a puppy--he wears me out!" The vet reassured me that Duke would slow down, and by the time he was a year old, he'd be more manageable. I'm still waiting, and he's nine now!!
|Duke as a puppy, ready to play|
Seriously, he HAS slowed down, but up until about a year ago, Duke thought he was still a puppy. He still likes to play chase, fetch, tug-of-war, etc., but afterwards likes a nap. Just yesterday, I took a break from my computer (I'm formatting my next project, a boxed set of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES books) and played with him. He doesn't like to be ignored when he isn't relaxing--kinda like having a toddler in the house.
Duke is a great companion and playmate, and if Clark or I happen to be unwell, he stays right beside whoever is sick until we feel better. I would say that dachshunds are an active breed, but not overly so. That's good, because I can't keep up with hyper dog breeds. He's just right for us. I've also found that Duke has two speeds: "wide open" and "off."
|Typical doxies showing who's boss|
|Putting everything into it--as usual|
|"OOOooooOOOooo . . . bubbles!"|
|"You's mighty big--but I ain't scared"|
|"It's been a long day"|
Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em--because they love us unconditionally.