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Olive, The Dachshund And Poodle Mix

Olive is incredibly sweet and a total “cuddle bug,” as described by her owner Young-In Lee. “She’s the ultimate lap dog princess.” But don’t let that fool you: she has another side that may be surprising. She’s also dominant, feisty and a little mischievous.

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Young-In adopted Olive almost five years ago, at eight weeks old, rescuing her from Orange County after seeing a Craigslist ad. 

“Her mom’s owners thought she was part chiweenie and part beagle… neither chihuahua nor beagle came back on the test,” Young-In says. “Her DNA test reveals she’s mostly dachshund and poodle (poodle was a big surprise), but is overall very mutty.”

Read more about this adorable mutty pup in our interview!

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Baby Olive.

Dog Whisperer HQ: What are some of Olive’s special traits that come along with her breeds?

Young-In: As a dachshund, she’s definitely a scent dog, constantly sniffing, but not exactly the best at following her nose… 😂 It takes her a while to find treats. She loooves to play fetch and is quite smart. I’d attribute this to her poodle side.

DW: Why did you choose Olive?

Y: I really wanted a dachshund but didn’t want or need a purebred. There are so many mixed breed dogs that need love. I don’t really have an exact reason why I chose her… she stood out to me amongst her litter because she was one of the runts and looked so stinking adorable to me. 😍

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I really wanted a dachshund but didn’t want or need a purebred. There are so many mixed breed dogs that need love.

DW: What is your relationship with your pup like? 

Y: She has my partner wrapped around her fluffy tail. He spoils her like crazy. I try to be a bit more disciplined with her so she maintains her manners, but honestly, I’m a total sucker too. She’s my little shadow — she always wants to be wherever I am, usually on my lap. 

DW: What are Olive’s favorite activities and foods? 

Y: Olive loves to play fetch, sunbathe, have fun with her blankie and goes crazy for Greenies! 

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DW: Does Olive have any best friends? 

Y: Yes! She loves this one malti-poo named Mikko. We call them each other’s first loves. 

DW: What are some fun facts about your pup?

Y: She’s a cat-like dog who won’t really come for pets if you call her… but she’ll come the moment you stop paying attention to her. She can be standoffish with most strangers but there are always the one or two special ones that she goes crazy for (I get jealous!). She also has a habit of sneaking down to the living room to jump on our coffee table and sniff for crumbs right before bedtime. Very naughty, but then I look at her face — how can anyone stay angry? 

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She also has a habit of sneaking down to the living room to jump on our coffee table and sniff for crumbs right before bedtime. Very naughty, but then I look at her face — how can anyone stay angry?

DW: Do you have any funny or cute stories about your pup? 

Y: There’s a door that leads to the backyard in our office. My partner is her doorman every morning from 9 in the morning to noon when the sun is out. She’ll want to go outside for 10 minutes, then wants to come back in for two minutes, then wants to go back out to sunbathe. He opens and closes that door for her at least 10 times a day. Now, that’s love. 

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