I don't get to see too many Wire Haired Dachshund dogs here in Alaska.
I tend to get very excited when one comes to my studio! There are three varieties of Dachshund, each variety is based on their coat texture. Doxies have similar personalities, even when their coat type is different.
Jillian called about a portrait session for her sweet Doxie, Milo. She told me Milo was a Wire Haired, and I prepared myself for a fun shoot. You see, Dachshunds are a special breed. They are very attached to their people and they LOVE to clown around! Dachshunds love to play games and they are quite the extrovert.
Milo came in to my studio in standard Dachshund style. Every step Milo took was filled with confidence and pride. He walked like a Dachshund, he was built like a Dachshund, Milo even acted just like a Dachshund. But there was one tiny problem... Milo didn't have the COAT of a Dachshund.
Wire Haired Dachshunds have a soft undercoat with a coarse top coat. Milo's hair, however, was ALL soft and fluffy. His hair was long and even curled a bit. I looked at Jillian and couldn't help but ask, "are we SURE he's a Wire Haired Dachshund?"
Jillian gave me a wry smile and responded, "well, that's what they told me... but I'm not so sure." :)
Milo is 100% adorable, even if he's not 100% Wire Haired Dachshund. This boy definitely brought his charm to his session. I enjoyed playing with Milo and watching him clown around. He learned quickly that there was cheese in my pocket. And Milo wanted that cheese! So he did what any smart little Doxie would do, and he worked for it.
Milo danced and twirled for me. He jumped in the air and (tried to) roll over. Milo even gave me some kisses on my nose! And in the rare moments of quiet, I could look at Milo's face and see his sweet personality.
In the end, Milo definitely got the cheese. He got all the cheese in my pocket and a little extra. And when Milo was calm enough, he also got loads of snuggles!