Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted September 2, 2015
Scooter McFly is the second dachshund we've owned. Our previous dachshund, Andouille, was found—a mangy and skeletal one-year-old—on the side of the road in a rural part of Texas. We nursed him back to health and had plans to find a home for him, but you know how that goes. After eight wonderful years with him, we lost him to cancer last summer.
Less than a month later, a friend of ours sent us a photo of a dachshund that was waiting at Houston's Dream Dachshund Rescue. "It's too soon," we told her, and brought Scooter home one week later.
Scooter is a very different dog than Andy was, but there are some traits the two share that are identifiably dachshund.
Dachshunds will keep you laughing all the time. They are playful and expressive little dogs. Just watching them run on the leash ahead of you or curl up in a little C-shape on the bed will bring a smile to your face; their sausage bodies and tiny legs are wonderful.
They're very affectionate and want to be close to you; if I'm sitting on a couch or somewhere that Scooter can reach me, he wants to be in my lap.
Both of our guys can be very energetic (even Scooter, who we thought would be more reserved). When I'm around the house getting work done, Scooter is content to curl up and nap (although always with me in sight), but when it's time to go for a walk or play, he's ready to go! They adore squeaky toys and need chew bones to entertain themselves with.
Our guys were both very good with cats. Scooter chased them around a bit for the first few days (not to harm them, but simply to corner and sniff them). Now they are his best friends.
I wouldn't suggest dachshunds for families with small children. Although Andy got used to children as he got older and more mellow, Scooter is still very unsure of kids and barks at any child he does not know. Both of our guys have shown a tendency to bite if startled or hurt.
Another reason families with small kids should pick a different breed: Dachshunds are notorious for injuring their backs. They cannot withstand wrestling or roughhousing. Dachshunds cannot be allowed to jump on or off of furniture. As a dachshund-owning family for almost ten years now, we have foldable doggie stairs to assist our guys in getting on and off of the tall bed in the master bedroom, as well as getting on and off of the couch. (Putting the stairs there is one thing; training them to USE the stairs and not simply fling themselves off of the bed is another. I have learned this from experience.) We were lucky with Andy in that he never developed any back issues; Scooter has been perfect, so far, as well.
Both of our guys have been barkers. They bark if someone knocks at the door. They bark and charge if a stranger enters the house. They bark and lunge at people and other dogs while they're on leash. (Some of this is probably lack of training on *ahem!* the owner's part, but I'm being honest.)
Long story short: Our first dachshund was an accidental adoption, but we adored him so much that we had to have another sausage dog in our life after he left us. I'd highly suggest this breed as long as you don't have small children.