Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted June 9, 2015
When I collected Mars from the animal rescue I had no idea what I was in for. My previous experience with sausage dogs had been at my neighbor's house as a kid. Their dog was docile and slightly overweight. Within a week of bringing Mars into my house he was happily zooming around my house knocking over anything within reach. He is a stubborn dog and after a while of trying to train him into stopping this I have become resigned to his bumbling attempts at chasing inanimate objects. The pros and cons of owning a dachshund are vastly dependent on the temperament of the owner. For me I love my dog and also love to be outside, run and just be energetic in general.
- From what I have seen these dogs can be really energetic and playful (with kids and other dogs). They can run around for a long time and are almost always happy to play with their owner.
- My dog has given me no trouble with biting, barking too much or not getting along with other people or animals.
- When loved by its owner and treated well, a dachshund will return your loyalty a hundredfold and help you keep a healthy energetic lifestyle to boot.
- As mentioned before dachshunds require lots of exercise to keep them fit and healthy and this might be a chore for busy people or those who don't like exercising with their pets.
- The breed is known to have spinal problems, due in part to an extremely long spinal column and short rib cage and I am worried that this will become an issue later in his life.
- Dachshunds (mine included) are quite stubborn and it is difficult to train them. I had no issues with Mars knocking over a few stools etc but it admittedly did get irritating at times.