Called by many different names: weiner dogs, hot dogs, dachsies, mini or just doxie, the Dachshund is one hound dog breed that's small in stature but big in heart and devotion.
Ask any dachshund breed owner and you'll find there's no other dog worth owning. Dachshunds are irresistible, charming, impish, and headstrong. Once bred for hunting, the dachshund now occupies thousands of hearts.
If you're new to the world of dachshunds, the first question you have is probably about their short legs and long bodies. This feature makes them truly unique in the dog world.
Stubborn dachshund characteristics (making them a little difficult to train) can be traced back to those days spent learning and evolving into being great underground hunters. If they were easily swayed, they couldn't have survived.
Today, not many dachshunds are called to go into the hole and face down a badger. Although they still have that hunting instinct, it is usually reserved for unfortunate rodents that wander into their domain.
Our goal: make people unfamiliar with dachsies, more aware of what it's like to bring one into the family circle. Dachshunds are manipulative, independent dogs that given the opportunity will win the hearts of anyone.
Can you afford a dachshund? Do your living arrangements allow for pets? Dachshunds require special attention. Do you have the time to give them that attention?
Feeling a dachshund attraction is not enough to make a good decision. Each dog breed has certain home requirements. Dachshunds are no different. There are some questions you should ask before adopting or purchasing a new dachshund.
Can you afford a dachshund? There is more to owning a dog than just the initial adoption fee. Make sure you can care for your dachshund for the long term.
Does your living arrangements allow for pets? Are there dog allergies? Do you have small children? Do you have other pets that might become a problem?
Dachshunds require special attention. They are needy
dogs— that is, they like attention. If you can not give them this
attention, they start doing bad things. We see this a lot in the dachshund
rescue. It becomes a vicious cycle. The owner doesn't provide the
needed attention, the dog acts bad, the owner avoids the dachshund even
more, and so on, until the dachshund becomes another statistic and someone
else's problem (if the dachshund is lucky enough to survive).
Learn more important questions you need answered before bringing a dachshund home...
Dachshunds were bred for their strong independence and to make decisions on their own. Those strong traits remain today and while admirable, make them a very difficult breed to train.
Well-trained dachshunds are truly a joy. Untrained dachshunds can be a nightmare. If you fall in love with the latter, you know what I mean, but there's still hope, no matter how old your old dog's tricks are. Find how to train that unruly dachshund so he'll have good manners and be a good, life-long companion.
Training a dachshund requires a fair bit of patience, firmness and consistency. There are exercises that will teach your dog what it should know to share your home and survive.
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