Doxies are cute, strong willed and lovable characters. Every breed has their health problems. Be prepared with research and a rainy day fund for your puppy whichever breed you choose.
1 in 4 - 5 dachshunds have disc disease and will experience a disc problem by the age of 3-7. Make your home doxie friendly. Early on train your puppy to use ramps to furniture and a ramp out the back door. Keep them from jumping, sitting pretty and from using stairs. Collars put too much stress on the discs, choose a harness instead. Crate training is a must for potty training any puppy. For doxies, being trained to know the crate is their pleasant den to go when you leave the house or should they have a back problem in the future is a must. After reading all you can about dachshunds if you find a doxie is a match for your life style and household, you won't find a better friend. My doxies have lived from 16 to 18 years of age. Clark is the 2nd doxie I've had out of 5 that had disc disease. At the age of four his disc ruptured and never recovered use of his legs. However nothing stops this fella from fully enjoying life!