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My son's girlfriend has always wanted a dachshund. They found Mattie, a miniature long-haired dachshund, at a rescue in Minneapolis.

She's about a year old, 8-1/2 pounds and one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen.

She's gotten herself in trouble with strangers who insist on the swoop-and-scoop approach to getting acquainted and has nipped a few people. If you give her a few minutes to meet you on her own terms, she will be your friend forever.

She and Duke (a 65-pound mix) are buddies. Zeke (miniature schnauzer) was here when she came for her first visit this last weekend and quickly learned that little Mattie is not to be trifled with. He snarled at her and she told him off. After that, Zeke walked a wide path around her.

She's in training classes, but I truly think it's the humans that don't know how to approach a dog that need training.

I can't believe she ended up in a rescue, but I imagine someone was put off with her feisty nature.

I apologize for the cell-phone photos.
 

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Awwwwe .... She is really pretty! I agree with humans being the ones who are put off by an untrained feisty dog! Lol! Eddee was actually listed on the shelter site as a "Live Wire" ... the most lively one they have seen in a very long time!" Needless to say ... no one seemed to be knocking down the door to get him! ... except for me ... but I love a challenge! Lol! :D
 

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She is gorgeous!! I was going to get a deaf/ partially blind dachshund from my aunt but I couldn't because he got startled easy and I couldn't put him through the stress of my crazy house!!
 

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Dachshunds ARE the best dogs ever, so I understand the love. We have a chocolate/cream dapple miniature at work who is hands down the most gorgeous Dachshund I've ever seen and I can't have her. We actually frequently have Dachshunds with flashy coats and ever single one has been so well tempered. I sometimes wonder if they would notice if I swapped Jonas for one of them..
 

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the last vets i worked at had a longhaired red/brown/brindley one (sorry i dont know the official daschund color terms) named snickers. seriously i think he was my favorite puppy of all time.
 

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Please don't show me mini long haired daschunds. Seriously. If I were to have a small dog it would be this. Maybe even over a big dog. I am friends with a good breeder of them and she knows all to well how much I want one. Thankfully she doesnt have puppies very often. She has a few Tervs as well and they get along like a house on fire so it just fuels my urge. I am jealous that you get to play with one :-(
 

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Awe she's adorable!!! My male double dapple had similar "greeting" issues as she does. I just tell people to let him come to them and he's cool :) they're such awesome little dogs! My deaf and mostly blind girl rules the roost too! LOL
 

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nope, it doesn't :(
 
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