This was originally inspired by a friend of mine (well, for her!) who loves hippos - so I made one for her as a birthday gift. But it turned out well enough for me to decide to turn it into a pattern. This is the result.
Amigirumi Dachshund worked in spiral fashion. Use a hook which gives a tight enough tension to give no gaps in the work. I used DK with a hook. I used approximately acrylic DK in brown with scraps of blue, gold and black.