Acquired: Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 24, 2013
Please don't ask me who decided to breed a Dachshund with a Black Lab, I don't know, but somehow they hit a stroke of genius! Dachshunds are known for being stubborn, in fact there are all sorts of quotes about the impossibility of it. One of my favorites is by a gentleman writer named E. B. White, who said:
"Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can't be trained and shouldn't be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do."
This is very true for our purebred Miniature Dachshund, Potsy who never listens to anything accept "Wanna go outside??" or "Come eat." However with Domino, our beautiful mix, I believe her Labrador blood shows through more in this area. She does, however, have her fair share of stubbornness, don't get me wrong; one of her favorite things to do is wait until you get up from the couch then curl up in that spot and refuse to move when you come back to sit (she'd do the same thing with the bed).
We've never had a problem with either of our little Dachshund's barking much, except Potsy will sometimes go nuts when someone comes inside (stranger or familiar) and, like a true hound dog, will howl like it's the end of the world that they are here. It's actually quite humorous to tell the truth. Once again Domino stays mostly silent and unobtrusive, she doesn't even jump unless you pat your stomach and give her permission.
One commonly shared trait between the two relative breeds is their love of chasing small critters all over our large backyard. I actually feel bad for the squirrels and lizards that catch our dogs' attentions, but then I watch them bolt around the yard (even losing their footing and falling face-first a few times) yapping wildly, it's just too dang funny to feel bad.
Unfortunately Dachshunds, because of their bone-structure, have been known to have spinal problems such as IVDD (Intervertebral Disk Disease). This is a very common risk in purebreds due to their small rib cages and overly long spinal column. Because of this, owning one of these guys could take some change in life-style, such as adding small stairs if you don't mind them on the bed or other higher up places (of course training them to use them) or keeping a very sharp eye on what they're jumping off of as this could make matters worse. You'll also want to regulate their eating, obesity in a Dachshund can put unhealthy pressure on their small legs and weight on their spines.
Grooming is extremely easy for both of these guys, they shed very little and their coats are short and naturally glossy. We bathed them at home once a week or as needed and once a month they would be taken to a groomers.
Both breeds are a pleasure to take care of, and after a while you kinda just get used to the stubbornness and learn to compromise (treats certainly help). They're great house pets and lap dogs but at the same time love to run and play as much as the next dog. I would not recommend getting a purebred Dachshund if you have a child under the age of 7 in the house, as they're small and can't be treated roughly (though they might not mind it, it's really not good for their health).