Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted January 15, 2014
My family has had dachshunds since before I can remember, five in all. Each one has had their own little personality and quirks. The best way I can describe them simply, though, is that they are the closest thing you can find to a cat without actually BEING a cat.
They all were quite energetic and boisterous, which make them great for playing catch or a little tug-of-war. But they want to be played with when THEY want to be played with. Especially as they get older, they tend to become more aloof and come around to be petted and played with at their leisure.
They also tend to dig...and bark...a lot. Since their heritage is of the hunting and rooting sort, they can cause a bit of trouble when left to their own devices. More than one of our little guys escaped the backyard by digging out under the fence in less than five minutes flat.
And though their little "wienie" frame is adorable, you have to be careful with their backs. Many of them have back problems, though ours luckily had very few issues.
But for all of this, they are very loyal dogs. Ours tended to single out one or two of his favorite humans and was their loyal protector 'till the end. I would say they are not too well suited for a full house, especially with kids, but they would be better for a one or two person home.