Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows
North Carolina, United States
Posted February 1, 2013
"Hot dogs" might be cute, but their personalities and their physical health issues should make a future owner think twice before committing to this dog. They are known for their tendency to snap and bite both strangers as well as their own owners and have a high percentage of bites across their breed. This tends to be acceptable as they are small dogs and many owners know this about the breed to begin with. For this reason they are expressly not an ideal breed for a home with children. They are known for their tendency to chase anything from birds to balls to cats as they are hounds and were originally bred for hunting, in particular Badgers, which makes their tenacity a must in their temperament. They are also extremely prone to issues with their legs and backs because of their long lengths and short legs. Multiple story homes or even homes with a small set of stairs can pose a real problem and many times owners end up carrying their dogs up and down any stairs because their bodies cannot accommodate for this kind of movement.