Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted March 19, 2013
We inherited our dachshund and growing up my grandfather owned a dachshund. Ours lived to be 17 and my grandfathers until she was 22. It seems to be a longer living breed from the people I know who have owned them. They are definitely strong willed and if they aren't raised around small children, they are not the best breed for a young family. This dog is perfect for adults and the elderly. They are a manageable size, need little activity, and really make a good companion dog for an older person. Ours required a lot of medical treatment for allergies, but I'm not sure if that is a breed trait as I have heard of allergy issues with some but not others. This breed does tend to bark a lot, especially if you live in a urban setting as we did. They are generally not friendly with strangers, however, I have seen some that were tolerant of strangers. Our dachshund was an excellent guard dog and would bite the ankles of strangers that came on our property. They are sometimes friendly with other animals and cats if they are raised with them. As they get older, they become far less tolerable of change. I would not recommend this breed for small children.