Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted January 15, 2016
Dachshunds, both standard and miniature, are know for having health issues. Their main flaw is their long backs. Once they reach old age, it will be very difficult for them to go up and down the stairs. Dachshunds can be a great breed of dog for anyone willing to put in the time to train them. Like many other small dog breeds, they have a tendency for territorial behavior. This includes incessant barking, going after other dogs on walks, and lead pulling. You will not be guaranteed a good natured animal like the Golden Retriever is. This can be corrected with behavior classes and keeping to the training post class. The nature of this breed can vary by dog. My experience with the two dachshunds in my family has not been the best. We purchased both dogs from a breeder, which was our first mistake. It is likely that the puppies were inbred, which would account for the neurotic behavior of them both. This risk always runs high when purchasing a purebred dog. We did not put the time and effort to properly train them. If you plan to introduce a dachshund with your other animals, do use caution. Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers, and they can become aggressive with small animals (such as rats, mice, ferrets, etc). Please plan on going through proper training with your dachshund to ensure you have a happy and healthy home for you and all your pets.