Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted April 27, 2013
I've owned 2 mixed breed dachshund's, both males, for a total period of about 6 years. They are such a wonderful dog for families, as they are very sweet, loving and protective of children, although they really don't make very good watchdogs since they're pretty friendly towards strangers as well.
My of my dogs were short-haired and required little grooming outside of regular baths, which they did not like. They barked a lot though, at other dogs, people going by the house, at squirrels and rabbits in the yard, or at loud or strange noises at night. They're activity level is fairly high, but they are not hyper dogs at all, they enjoy playing normal dog games like fetch and chase, things like that.
One of the only downsides of this breed is because of their longer backs...my first dachshund, Danny, had to be put down due to him breaking his back in an accident that I never learned what really happened. I was devastated. But my vet told me that back injuries are common in these dogs because of how long the spine/back is. Aside from this, I would recommend a dachshund to anyone wanting a smaller dog and especially for families since this breed just loves children and is very affectionate and protective of them.