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Born 4 March 2012; Died 4 February 2022

Bossa was a small standard red longhaired dachshund who joined our household in June 2012. She was born on the island of Gotland, Sweden and bred by May-Gun Badinge. Bossa is descended from Hound's (Marie Gadolin) and Dorndorf (Patt Nance) dogs.

We selected Bossa as a puppy after testing several litters in Sweden and Denmark, and brought her back with us to California in June 2012, with a stop in Newark to see the Statue of Liberty.

Bossa trained and competed in AKC sports including agility, earthdog, dachshund field trials, obedience, rally, lure coursing, and tracking. She earned titles in six different sports, but was especially talented in agility. From 2016 to her death in early 2022, Bossa was one of the top-ranked agility dachshunds in the US.

Bossa had a litter of five "Viking" puppies sired by Basotto's Teo in August 2018, including Vinca and Vasa.

Bossa fell ill very suddenly with advanced liver lymphoma and passed away on 4 February 2012, just a month before her 10th birthday.

Bossa's Lineage

Bossa is part of the Chirribi's "Elvis" litter -- all of the puppies in the litter are named after Elvis Presley songs. Her mother is Swedish CH Hound's Mercedes and her sire is Swedish CH Hound's Uncle Sam, both bred by Marie Gadolin. Bossa is the granddaughter of Nick v Dorndorf (half-brother to Asti and Olive) and the great-great granddaughter of Hound's Kashmir (Asti and Olive's sire.)

Bossa's Sire: Swedish Champion Hound's Uncle Sam, son of Nick v Dorndorf. Photo by Marie Gadolin.

Bossa's Mother: Swedish Champion Hound's Mercedes. Photo by Rebecca Martis.

Bossa in Competition

Bossa's first AKC title was her Junior Earthdog (JE) title which she earned in June 2013.

Bossa earns her first Junior Earthdog leg on March 30, 2013 at the Sierra earthdog test in Anaheim CA.

Bossa earns her Junior Earthdog title on June 24, 2013 at the GWTA earthdog test in Anaheim CA.

After quite a while off from earthdog, Bossa finished her Senior Earthdog (SE) title with two qualifications at the Cascade Dachshund Club tests on June 6, 2021.

Bossa and her Senior Earthdog new title ribbon.

At the PSEC tests in October 2021, Bossa earned her second Master Earthdog leg under judge Tom Quarles. Sadly, she died in February 2022 before she could finish up her ME.

In September 2013, Bossa earned her second title, the Coursing Ability (CA) title, at the Evergreen Basenji Club's test in Auburn Washington.

Bossa earns her first and second coursing legs on 1 June 2013 in Chino, CA.

Bossa gets the lure (it's a plastic bag pulled on a string.)

Bossa earns her third and fourth coursing legs on 1 September 2013 in Auburn, WA.

Having earned Bossa's CAT, Diane and Bossa watch as John releases Asti for her run.

Bossa earned her Field Championship with a first place at the 2014 DCA National Field Trial in Vacaville, CA. She then went on to win Best Open, beating the winner from the dog stake.

John started serious tracking training with Bossa in fall 2021 and she was showing great promise.

Bossa was runner-up in the 2014 DCA Triathlon, with qualifying scores in Field, Junior Earthdog, and Open Jumpers with Weaves agility. Her pack mate Olive won the Triathlon. She was runner-up again in the 2019 DCA Triathlon in St. Louis, with points in Field Champions, Junior Earthdog, Masters Agility, and Beginner Novice obedience.

Bossa's Agility Career got off to a good start! In 2016 and 2017 she qualified for the AKC National Championships, and in January 2017 she earned her MACH title. In January 2019 she earned MACH2. In January 2021 she earned MACH3. Click here to follow Bossa's agility career and see some videos.

Bossa qualified for and competed at the 2017 AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando FL in December 2017 and earned the High Scoring Dachshund medallion. She qualified again for the 2018 Invitational, but did not compete due to whelping a litter in August. She qualified and went to the 2019 Invitational, but had to withdraw with an injury. Bossa also qualified for the 2020 and 2021 Invitationals, but we did not attend due to COVID-19.

Bossa was the #1 ranked dachshund in the Breed Power 10 rankings for 2016, 2017, and 2020 -- these recognizes the fastest dogs in agility by using average yards per second. She was #2 in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Diane and Bossa started working on obedience and rally skills in 2013, mostly in the Fenzi video class format. But we didn't work much on heeling, and Bossa developed a bad habit of sniffing while heeling! Bossa earned her Rally Novice title on 1 May 2016 with a fourth place finish in a challenging park environment. Bossa earned her Beginner Novice obedience title on 10 March 2018 at the Seattle Kennel Club all breed show, with a 189.5 that placed fourth. This was a nice performance in a loud, busy environment. At the 2019 Cascade Dachshund Club (CDC) trials, Bossa earned both her Novice obedience (PCD) and her Rally Advanced title. She earned her Rally Excellent title in 2021, with 2 solid performances at CDC trials and a very nice virtual Excellent run in November -- in what turned out to be the last performance of her career.

Bossa qualifies for her first Rally Advanced leg at the Hurricane Ridge trials in Sequim WA in June 2019.

Bossa (barely) earns her first leg in Novice Obedience at Hurricane Ridge in June 2019.

Photos from Bossa's first year

Bossa's puppy photos (April-June 2012)

We met Bossa and her littermates on 9 June 2012 at their home on Gotland. After observing the puppies and giving them the Volhard test, we decided that Bossa was our choice. The next day Bossa started her voyage home with us.

Bossa's Journey to California (June 10-14, 2012) including her first puppy kindergarten class.

Bossa at 10 months (14.5 lbs)

Bossa, Olive and Asti (left to right) get a photo with Santa in December 2012.

Bossa meets Santa for the first time.

Bossa and John at Bossa's first field trial in December 2012. She was called back high and finished 2nd for 6 points.

Bossa at her first dog show in January 2013. She finished 2nd in the 9-12 Puppy class.

Bossa at 6 months (13 lbs)

Bossa at six months - in the yard and practicing sits and downs. (Photos by Bertha Adamson)


Bossa at 5 months old.


Bossa was the smallest puppy in a litter of 4 girls and 3 boys.

Age Weight (Pounds) Withers Height (Inches)
Adult 14-16 lbs 8 7/8" (agility height card)
14 weeks 8.5 7 3/4"
4 months 10.5 8 1/2"
5 months 12 8 3/4"
6 months 13.25 9 1/8"
7 months 14.25 9 1/8"
8 months 14.5 9 1/2"
9 months 14.5 9 1/2"
10 months 14.75  
1 year 15.25 9 1/2"