I know we've got a lot of Dog lovers and the like here. I just came across this in the Palm Beach Post, and wanted to share. In general I find this breed to be nothing but a joy. They're very loveable, yet fierce competitors and vicious defenders of their home and the people inside. They have great personalities, my two guys are completely different, each neurotic in his own way, and a blast when they are together. Most times when you someone with a Dachshund, they have two of them, not because one isn't enough of a dog, but because the first one was such a great experience and so much fun that you want to double it up. I'd have 20 of them if I could, and hopefully, one day I can have a home with a yard big enough to accommodate more. In any case, most of these pics are of older dogs, which generally make great companions. You don't have to worry about them chewing, or housebreaking and the like. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/content/accent/slideshows/2009/04/0402shelter_pets/ Special care is needed for the breed, especially regarding their backs. Picking them up and holding them requires two hands to be safe, keeping the spine as straight as possible, and I recommend dog steps if they are going to be allowed on the furniture.