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What do you need to know before you adopt a Dachshund? We asked the experts!
Dachshunds are fun, curious dogs that make loving and loyal family pets. Their iconic long bodies can be prone to back issues, so jumping from furniture and the use of stairs should be discouraged. Sometimes referred to as stubborn, these hunting dogs can be quite strong-willed. Patience may be required for housetraining. Due to their size, shape and personality, Dachshunds are often best-suited for homes with children over the age of 12.
These are some of the basics I tell adopters when they come to our dog rescue when thinking about getting a "wiener dog" for the first time:
Hunting dogs like Dachshunds were not well suited for apartments. They were bred to run and hunt badgers and wolverines, so we never adopt them to children under age 7. Try to limit their prey in the household including birds, ferrets, hamsters, cats or anything that runs.
Doing your research before adopting is important. Dachshunds are prone to back issues and if they are too fat they could run into those problems much sooner. Not all Dachshunds will develop IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) but we have noticed many folks are surprised about this, since they never did any research before they bought a cute Dachshund puppy.
Please be aware that Dachshunds were bred to hunt in packs or alone. That "or alone" part means they are way too smart for their owners. They may be difficult to housetrain, and need a strong human leader to train them. This is a very happy go lucky, playful opinionated breed of dogs. If folks expect them to obey them 24/7 they might want to find another breed. We are very lucky the Dachshunds allow us to live in their homes.
Dachshunds are very funny dogs who need people with a toy budget (and, preferably, lots of toys with squeakers).
Because the Dachshund was bred to hunt things underground they love dirt. Do not be concerned if they dig holes in your yard because they is exactly what they were bred to do.
Dachshunds that do not have a job will keep themselves entertained, if you get our meaning, so be prepared to adopt a very needy child and keep ahead of them or they can be destructive, willful and noisy. We keep our dogs working so they are way too tired to be naughty when inside.