Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted July 23, 2015
Owning a Dachshund has been a humbling experience. Our Doog is 5 years and 2 months as of this writing and I can truly say he has been the love of my life as well as the bane of my existence. Drama to follow....
I was told by several breeders prior to acquiring Doog that Dachshunds are the clowns of the dog world. While there have been many hoots and howls (pun intended), I have come to understand that this is not the breed for everyone despite how stinking cute they are. I am sad to admit that the cuteness overwhelmed me and I brought him home in my pocket without much thought. Let me share my experience and thoughts of this breed. First off, the cute factor is extremely disarming and it makes it tough to discipline him. No, never means no, to a Dachshund; it means "not while I'm looking". They are an extremely independent thinking breed and if you require blind obedience this is not the dog for you. He will do whatever you ask for as long as it suits him and not a second more, consequences be damned. Dachshunds are notoriously hard to housebreak and 5 years in, we still have "accidents" in the house. These are not true accidents in that if it is raining outside he will find somewhere to hide and do his business rather than get wet. Dachshunds have a strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves. A good swat from Simba cut that little activity short and now my boys are as thick as thieves. Training will be a daily and lifelong process. While he is the smartest dog we've ever owned he has been the most difficult to train. Doog picks up quickly on what we want from him, but the stick to it factor isn't there. Our Dachshund is very active, though I’ve heard some are couch potatoes. We call him "the blur" and "Forrest Gump" because wherever he's going, he is running. Did I mention the howling, our Doog suffers from separation anxiety and will howl or tweet when he is anxious. Doog does not relax; he simply crashes at the end of the day. If I have dissuaded you from acquiring a Dachshund that is not my intention as having Doog has been a wonderful experience for my family. I feel temperament is defined by the dog not the breed so gather all the perspective you can. We have what is called a Piebald and he was rescued from an unscrupulous breeder. Dachshunds have a long lifespan. The world's oldest dog was a Dachshund mix named Max. I felt it was my civic duty to give the good and the bad so your future Doxie will have a forever home and maybe the cuteness won’t cloud your judgment.