Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted August 11, 2015
If you're in the market for a small dog, I can't recommend doxies highly enough. They have great personalities and make wonderful little companions.
When it comes to grooming, they are very low maintenance. Brushing once or twice a week and a regular tooth and ear cleaning is really all that's needed.
If you've ever heard someone say they have a Napoleon complex, it's true. They are tiny but think they can take on the biggest of mastiffs. And to make sure you know of their greatness, they vocalize about everything. If yapping is not something you enjoy a doxie is not the dog for you.
Also, another deterrent is their digging habit. They were originally bred to hunt badgers in their holes and as such have no problems with digging anywhere and everywhere.
Their back health can also prove problematic if not maintained properly. It's best not to let doxies do too much jumping on and off furniture or go up and down stairs much as this can hurt their long backs. We actually spent two months packing our doxie everywhere (even holding her rear end up to potty) after she hurt a disc in her back and couldn't use her back legs. Thankfully, she did recover from that injury. It gave her a tendency to get snippy when someone would push on her low back though.
All in all, dachshunds are incredible little friends to have by your side if you are willing to give them some TLC and don't mind a little mouthiness.