Indiana KingWe always love getting tweets from our Twitter friends asking us to feature their dog  or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks @JHowerthKing for submitting your beautifully mixed pup Indiana to be featured. Also thanks for following our @bestbullysticks tweet updates. We affectionately refer to our mixed-breed canine companions as “dogs of mixed heritage”. Whether your dog is a purebred or mixed breed remember all dogs are created equal and deserving of unconditional love.

Bio About Indiana

Indiana is believed to be a Labrador/Dachshund mix and will be a year old in June. She is just under 40lbs. She was adopted her from a shelter when she was 3 months old, and has been a bundle of fun and energy for the King family ever since.

Congrats on being spotlighted!!

Labrador Retriever Breed Description

Height: Male: 22.5-24.5; Female: 21.5-23.5 inches

Weight: Male: 65-80; Female: 55-70 lbs

Coat: The Labrador Retriever is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, short, very dense, and hard in texture. The under coat is soft, weather-resistant, and protects this breed from cold, all types of ground cover, and water.

Color: chocolate, black, and yellow.

Appearance: The Labrador Retriever is a handsome, sturdy, and robust dog that is large in size. He has dark, wallowing eyes, and an eager and intelligent expression.

Temperament: This breed is highly intelligent, loyal, and deeply devoted. The Labrador Retriever is reliable, affectionate, and thrive on human companionship and attention. They are absolutely wonderful with children and get along exceedingly well with other dogs. They may be reserved with strangers and make good watchdogs. If this breed is left alone for extended periods of time without attention or stimulation they will become lonely, bored, and destructive.

Health: The average lifespan of the Labrador Retriever breed is between 10-12 years. The Labrador Retriever is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA and various eye disorders.

Dachshund Breed Description

Height: Standard types are an average of 14-18 inches tall

Weight: average of 20 pounds.

Coat: The Dachshund comes in three different varieties. The Smooth Haired Dachshund, Wirehaired Dachshund, and the Longhaired Dachshund. He also comes in two different sizes being standard and miniature. The Longhaired Dachshund has a long and straight coat, with hair slightly feathered and longer on the underbelly, ears, chest, and legs. The Smooth Coat has a straight, smooth, short, and glossy coat that should all be of equal length along the body of the dog. The Wirehaired has a coat of broken appearance with wiry, coarse, and harsh hair.

Color: Smooth-coated Dachshunds – The smooth-coated Dachshund may have one-colored, two-colored, dappled, sable or brindled coats. The one-colored coats can be red or cream which may or may not have darker hairs throughout. They may have a small white patch on the chest. The Two-colored Dachshunds may have black, chocolate, wild boar, gray, blue and fawn coats with rich tan or cream markings above the eyes, on the underlip, sides of the jaw, inner edge of the ear, front, breast, throat, inside and behind the front legs, the paws, rump extending one to two thirds up the underside of the tail. Dappled Dachshunds have areas of lighter color contrasted with a darker base color. They may have a white patch on the chest. The Brindle Dachshund has a pattern of dark or black stripes over the entire body. They may only be visible on the tan points. Sable Dachshunds have a uniform dark overlay on the red coat. The hairs in the overlay are two-colored with the tip being much darker than the base color. The sable Dachshunds typically have a widow’s peak on the head.
Wirehaired Dachshunds – The most common colors of Wirehaired Dachshunds are wild boar, black & tan and various shades of red. Any color or patterns listed above are admissible. Wild boar is a banding of the individual hairs that gives the coat an overall grizzled look. Points of tan may or may not be seen. Variations of this pattern can include red boar and chocolate-and-tan boar. There may be a small patch of white located on the chest.
Longhaired Dachshund – The coat of the Longhaired Dachshund can be any of the colors of the Smooth-coated Dachshund.

Appearance: The Dachshund has a long, round body that is low to the ground due to their short legs. The head is elongated with a slight convex skull and long muzzle. The Dachshund’s skin is elastic and free from excessive wrinkling. The Dachshund carries its head with the utmost confident. They have an alert, intelligent expression.

Temperament: Dachshunds are a very clownish breed and can be very mischievous at times. A very intuitive dog, the Dachshund is now most commonly seen as a companion rather than a hunter. The Dachshund is an all around friendly dog, loves people, very outgoing, and is sure to steal the hearts of everyone he meets. The Dachshund is a fun loving dog, tenacious, and lively, but can become jealous at times. This breed does very well with older and more considerate children.

Health: The average lifespan of this breed is between 12-15 years.  Dachshunds are prone to spinal disc problems, heart disease, urinary tract problems and diabetes.

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