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.