Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder),
Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Oklahoma, United States
Posted July 25, 2013
I've grown up with Dachshunds. I adore the breed. They are funny and entertaining, with big personalities. One must keep in mind, however, that Dachshunds were never bred to be little lap dogs. They were bred for the express purpose of badger-hunting. Badgers are notoriously vicious critters and Dachshunds were meant to climb into their holes and catch them. This task required a lot of tenacity, bravado, and stubbornness on the part of the dog.
Dachshunds make wonderful pets (I've had four of them), but they may not be for everyone. So, here are some things to keep in mind:
Some of the traits mentioned above make Dachshunds inherently difficult to train. They can be stubborn, especially when it comes to housebreaking.
Because of their body structure, Dachshunds can be plagued with back issues, many requiring expensive surgeries or shortened lives due to unrecoverable injury.
Dachshunds are fairly small in size and because of the back issues already mentioned, they should be handled, picked up, and carried carefully. Consequently, kids, especially small children, may not possess the judgement required to properly handle these dogs. The dog may be easily injured and if handled improperly, may become snippy.
Of the four Dachshunds I've had, two became snippy around children and one was a perfect angel until he had back surgery. After his recovery, recurring pain and nerve damage caused him to snap at everyone; adults, children, strangers, and family members.
In short, "Doxies" are wonderful and funny little dogs and will easily capture your heart. But be sure to take everything into consideration before making one a part of your family. As I said, they are not for everyone.