If so then this article will help you determine if a Doxy is right for you and your family.
Dachshunds are adorable and many Dachshund parents would never have any other breed, however like any breed Dachshunds have a certain set of personality traits that may or may not be what you are looking for in a pet.
Following is list of questions compiled to assist you in finding out whether a Dachshund is the right choice for you as a pet.
The questions do not address all the characteristic traits of the breed, but rather indicates certain traits that are responsible for many Dachshunds ending up in a shelter or rescue.
Also, not every Dachshund exhibit all the traits listed below, and a few may exhibit none of the traits, however the behavior cited below is usually pretty common for Dachshunds.
Read each question carefully and reflect on how a pet behaving as explained will affect you and your family.
Do you know that Dachshunds are not that good with kids?
If your family includes small children, then make sure that you find out about how a particular dog behaves when in the proximity of children before you decide to bring the dog into your family.
Because of their long spine and short legs Dachshunds are prone to injury and can be easily hurt if they are picked up in the wrong way or when children accidentally trip over them or fall on them. Children below the age of five should not be allowed to be near small dogs, especially Dachshunds, without an adult present.
Do you know that Dachshunds are not very fond of big dogs?
Dachshunds are usually bossy and like to dominate those around them, be it human or other dogs.
Many Dachshunds are particularly not fond of big dogs and will start to snap and growl or even try their best to dominate the bigger dogs without regard to their own safety.
This may become a problem when you enter a dog park or even when a friend with a bigger dog visits your home.
Do you know that a Dachshund is usually wary of strangers?
Dachshunds are very cautious and usually bark at strangers including people, cats, other dogs, in fact, they bark at anything strange that moves.
They also never fail to alert you the instant an intruder enters their area. The intruder can be a person or an animal or it can just be a leaf floating into your yard.
Are you ready for a pet that growls and snaps at anything and everything strange?
Do you know that Dachshunds love to dig?
Dachshunds love to borrow which means this breed may not be the best choice for you if you have a lawn and intend to keep it maintained beautifully.
On the other hand, this digging tendency can be kept under control if you can limit your Dachshund’s unsupervised time on the lawn. However, this craving to borrow becomes an obsessive compulsion for some Dachshunds. In addition, Dachshunds also like to roll on dirt or other horrible smelling stuff and sometimes even eat dirt.
The rolling in dirt tendency comes from its hunting background, a behavior most likely developed to camouflage its own smell.
This behavior can be addressed by minimizing the unsupervised time spent by your Dachshund outdoors.
Do you know that you may have to keep your Dachshund on leash at all times outdoors?
Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt and to this day they retain their passion to hunt and because of this it’s quite common for a Dachshund to sprint off the instant it spots a prey or anything worth pursuing.
You will also find that it is quite impossible to call them back unless they are done with their exploring and ready to make their way back to you.
This is in fact very true as can be attested by numerous despairing Dachshund owners.
Of course, you may be a Dachshund owner for years and have had your pet off leash outdoors for countless hours without this ever happening, but the fact is that this may happen yet, and it’s always better to be on the safer side than despair later on like many Dachshund owners.
It is strongly advised never to let your Dachshund off leash when you take your pet anywhere outside a fenced area.
You would be a little crazy to allow a Dachshund into your life. Here’s why. 😉
1. You Can Never, Ever Find A Cute Dachshund Puppy Anywhere
2. They Don’t Really Care about You Or When You Get Home
3. They Make Terrible Moms’
4. And – If They Aren’t Cute When They’re Puppies – Then they Only Get Worse As They Get Older!
5. Why Is It They Never Listen To You?
6. The Very Worst Thing You Can Do Is Have More Than One!
Are you a proud parent of a dachshund? Then chances are you have experienced all or at least most of the below mentioned 9 things. Every dachshund owner is aware of the many delights in having a cute wiener dog.
#1: Tolerate nicknames like “Wiener Dog”
Sometimes it’s really hard to keep your cool when some punk kids holler out nicknames or even when your friends come up with “cool” jokes in the “Wiener Dog” category. The best way to handle is to keep your lips turned upwards, or better yet is to come up with a few jokes of your own and join the fun.
#2: Maintain your lawn regularly to keep it short
If you don’t want your adorable pet to trip or get lost in your overgrown lawn, or you don’t want to carry your dog every time it wants to make a trip to the backyard then it’s best to mow your lawn regularly.
#3: Relentless comparison of your dog to a hot dog
If you are lucky then this is likely to happen at least once a day, and if you’re out of luck then be prepared to put up a brave front. Think up some inventive comparisons (veiled insults!) for your friend’s dog and deliver it with a smile!
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#4: Dachshunds like to sit just like humans
This is because they believe that they are humans. Dachshunds are very bossy and think they are the head of the household. Keep your doxie under a tight leash otherwise you will be dancing to your dog’s tune in no time!
#5: Dachshunds love to eat anything and everything!
‘The puppy dog look’ truly must have originated from this breed as it’s very hard to resist “that look” they give when they beg for food. It’s very easy to over-feed your dachshund, so keep a close watch on your pet’s diet.
Dachshunds have a unique appearance with long bodies and very short legs.
The distinctive features that make them look so adorable also makes them predisposed to a painful incapacitating condition called as intervertebral disc disease or IVDD.
IVDD occurs when a disc is damaged and the soft gel like substance inside the disc escapes out into the spinal column leading to nerve damage, acute pain and in some cases even paralysis.
There are two different types of IVDD:
Hansen Type I: This is an acute, unstable and dangerous herniation of a disc. The Type I condition is more common in middle aged dogs that have inherited skeletal defects from their parents.
Some of the dogs prone to this type of IVDD are Dachshunds, Beagles, Poodles, Basset Hounds and other dogs with features of hereditary dwarfism.
Hansen Type II: In this type the disc material protrudes in a gradual and progressive manner, and is more common in older dogs.
The Type II condition is more prevalent in Dobermans, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
Unfit and over-weight dogs are at a greater risk of developing IVDD.
Short-legged, long-backed, and chock full of personality, these little ‘Weiner Dogs’ are entertaining characters that are cherished by countless dog lovers everywhere.
Don’t let their small size fool you, however – although they’re loyal and lovable, these pups are tough, with an independent spirit and a stubborn streak that can sometimes leave their owners hair-tearingly frustrated.
Their comical looks and dignified attitudes make for an irresistible combination to many, however, so let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing facts about these cute canines.
1.They Were Originally Bred to Take On Badgers
Don’t believe us? The job that these dogs were bred to do literally gives rise to their name – Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog.
A Dachshund’s short legs made it easy for them to dig and maneuver through tunnels to corner and even fight badgers or other vermin, and their large chests have enough room for optimum lung expansion, increasing their stamina.
2. They Vary In Coat Type and Size
Depending on the exact hunting purpose they were used for, Dachshunds were bred in three coat types: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired and longhaired.
They also exist in two different recognized sizes, too! In the U.S.A., Miniature Dachshunds are 11 pounds or under as adults, and Standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32 pounds when fully grown.
3. They’re the Smallest Breed Actually Used for Hunting
Dachshunds are scent hound dogs, bred to hunt tunneling animals such as, badgers, rabbits and foxes. Many years ago packs of Dachshunds were used to trail wild boar.
As the most diminutive members of the hound group, these cute little canines are the smallest dogs that perform hunting activities, traditionally, even though there are tinier breeds in the dog world.
The AKC’s breed standard even includes a quote that states “Inasmuch as the Dachshund is a hunting dog, scars from honorable wounds shall not be considered a fault.” Now that’s a dog that takes its job seriously!
4. They Were Royal Favorites
Just as Welsh Corgis are the favorite canine companions of Queen Elizabeth II, Dachshunds were the preferred pets of Queen Victoria after her husband introduced the breed to her shortly after they were married.
Here is an excerpt from one of the Queen Victoria’s letters that refers to her beloved dog Dacko, on his death at the age of 12 years.
“I am greatly distressed at my dear old ‘Dacko’ having died. The dear old dog was so attached to me and had such funny amusing ways, with large melancholy expressive eyes, and was quite part of my daily life, always in my room, and I will miss him very much … “ (Letters of Queen Victoria Vol. II)
Her love of the breed is what probably increased its popularity around England at the time, too!
Different training techniques have to be used to train different breeds of dogs. In fact, each dog is different and while some breeds or dogs learn quickly and are easy to train, some are very difficult to house-train.
It’s a fact that Dachshunds are one of the toughest breeds to house-train, but it is not an impossible task. There are different methods by which you can potty train a Dachshund, but two methods are more commonly preferred and used with better results.
1. Potty Pad Training
A potty pad, also known as the pee pad or the wee-wee pad is preferred by many toy breed owners to house-train their puppies. Potty pads are readily available in online as well as your local pet stores. Try to get hold of treated potty pads, as they will entice your dog to go on them.
This method is quite easy, especially if you have a used children’s playpen. Arrange a soft blanket to one side of the playpen along with water and food, and place the potty pad on the far side of the playpen. This way you will be splitting the playpen into two different areas.
Place your Dachshund puppy on the potty pad after the dog finishes his meal, every time he wakes up, at the end of his playtime, and usually at a regular interval of 2 to 3 hours, and give the command for him to go potty. This has to be done consistently and never forget to praise the puppy or give him a treat every time after he goes on the pad.
Once he gets the hang of it, you can move the potty pad to a spot that you prefer and your Dachshund will continue to make use of the potty pad.
This method is most preferred by those who live in apartments or in places with extreme weather conditions, where it is very difficult to take the dog outside.
Successful house-training of a Dachshund, or any breed of dog requires a lot of patience and determination from the owner. Crate training is another tried and trusted method of house-training a new Dachshund.
This is probably the easiest method to successfully house-train your Dachshund. Dogs in general are den creatures and are usually content to enter a crate of their own.
They also feel safe and secure inside their own crate where they can relax without any disturbances.
Dachshunds generally like to keep their space clean and will not defecate or urinate in their crate as it is a small space, which is why crate training method is preferred by many owners.
Get a crate that is large enough for your puppy to relax and move about a little. Choose a soft blanket to make a bed inside the crate.
Start crate training your puppy by placing it in the crate for short periods of time until it gets used to the crate. You can give your dog a small treat during his short stays so that he relates to the crate as a positive thing.
Next, remove your Doxy from the crate and take it to the assigned spot and wait until he goes. Once he does the deed, always praise him and give a small treat, and then place your puppy back in its crate. Repeat this at regular intervals until your puppy understands that the crate is for resting and it should be maintained unsoiled.
The Crate is for temporary use only:
Do not keep or give water or feed your Dachshund when it is inside the crate. The crate is intended only for temporary stays, say when you want to visit the store, or a short car trip, or when you’re just too busy to watch your puppy closely.
Do not ever think that you can tuck your Doxy in a crate all day while you are in the office, as it is extremely unkind. Instead, consider the crate just like using a playpen for a kid when it is impossible for you to monitor them every second.
The crate helps to keep your Doxy from damaging your furniture and other things in your house, or from hurting itself. Also, remember not to use the crate as a punishment, as your puppy will not be able to grasp that idea. The crate has to be seen as a treat to appreciate your puppy for his good behavior, and not as a punishment for the mess they made when you were not there.