Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Florida, United States
Posted April 15, 2016
We adopted Roscoe at the exact same time we adopted Roxy (Shiba Inu mix I did another review on). Throughout the time we had this dog, with the exception of his last three months alive, he was extremely mean and aggressive. He hated be picked up and if he wasn't in the mood to be around someone he would growl. If you stepped too close and he was agitated, he would bite. He bit me a few times on the hand as a kid. We never got rid of him because we knew he would be put down due to his aggressiveness.
Overall he was fairly healthy until the last year of his life. That was when his demeanor completely changed. He started having seizures and because I was the only one ever home and because he was so scared, he attached himself to me. I never disliked Roscoe but we never bonded until that point. He started letting me pick him up because he just wanted to be held and he would cry if I left the room. He started having a seizure one night and he just didn't stop. I was 17 at the time. I had school that morning but stayed up all night with him anyway and pet him and comforted him on the couch in the living room until he passed away. Our other dog Roxy was there and she was noticeably upset.
Sadly I can't say he was a great pet. If you don't have kids and don't mind a lazy dog, it could be a really great fit. Dachshunds are one of the most aggressive dog breeds, in fact. But at the end of the day I still really loved Roscoe and those last few months with him completely overshadowed his aggressive behavior over his life. That being said, don't take the decision to get one lightly. If you do, I recommend putting the dog in training right away. Dachshunds are easy as far as grooming goes but seizures in old age are common.