guessing she's in the avatar pic?
- funny, 'cuz i'd have predicted she'd be a smooth-coat.
Looking solely at Doxies, smooths
are generally the snappiest & most-vocal; wire-coats
have the best noses, & tend to be slightly aloof with strangers, barking with reason [not for 10-mins straight at a visitor, which smooths may], & long-coats
tend to have softer temps - cuddlier, more ppl-affiliative, less reactive to strangers.
In a survey a few years ago, the AVMA asked US-vets to rank pure breeds on a "likely to bite" scale -
Dachshunds took the top spot, followed by the usual suspects [Cocker Spaniels, JRTs / other terrierrists, Chis...].
So they're often reactive AND vocal - it's a stereotypic Doxie profile, unfortunately.
When U say she's "wonderful with ppl, away from home", what form does 'wonderful' take?
Is she soliciting
attn [moving toward ppl of her own choice, eagerly closing the gap if someone meets her eye & smiles at her...] accepting
attn [standing her ground, as ppl approach & pet her],
attn [attempting to retreat, then resigning herself]?
Does she shrink & seem appeasing when a stranger reaches to pet her, or move happily toward their hand?
Appeasing includes lowered head & tail, lip-licking or licking the person, rapid low wag of the latter half or 3rd of the tail [short amplitude / narrow & fast], rolling to show belly, crouching, etc.
Bold is head-up, mouth open & tongue lolling over incisors, tail is raised & whole length wags widely, & similar.
I ask for specifics b/c Doxies can be shy / sharp
: act appeasing & cuddly when slightly anxious, yet snap or growl at times when they feel overwhelmed. Shy / sharp dogs seem very soft on 1st acquaintance, but when cornered or on the vet's exam table, they can morph into monsters - their aggro is defensive, rather than assertive.
Very few dogs could be confident, outgoing, & friendly in public settings, while simultaneously being highly-reactive & even aggressive "at home", hence my wondering is she's a shy / sharp dog.