Dachshund Aggression?? Help!

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My mom has a weenie dog and I bought a black lab from the pound. Frankie (The weenie) turned into a total pansy and my dog is the one with the issues… sigh.

If they’re raised together (The weenie raised with the GR) I wouldn’t imagine there would be a problem if you establish that you are the alpha. Do not allow your dogs to think they have any sort of standing on the totem pole.

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My mom has a weenie dog and I bought a black lab from the pound. Frankie (The weenie) turned into a total pansy and my dog is the one with the issues… sigh.

If they’re raised together (The weenie raised with the GR) I wouldn’t imagine there would be a problem if you establish that you are the alpha. Do not allow your dogs to think they have any sort of standing on the totem pole.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

I’ve had dachshunds for 20+ years.  Like all dogs they’ve been victims of some bad breeding out there, both for physical problems (back problems are to some extent inherited) and temperament.  When I talk to my vets they say that they are very careful around mini-dachshunds, they do have a bit of a reputation. 

But, I think that all small dogs can get “small dog” complex.  You can help avoid that by good socialization, and by NOT allowing them to get away with crap that you wouldn’t tolerate out of a bigger dog – just because they’re small and cute.  They also need to keep their feet on the ground and not be carried everywhere, I believe that reinforces the small dog snappish behavior.  

With pups, I have them in puppy kindergarten early on especially letting them learn to run with pups of all sizes.  We go to basic obedience, and I do put them in daycare intermittently so they remember how to interact with dogs.  

  I love them and will always have a dachshund (I have standard wirehairs) but they can be a handful.  I love their independence and spunky attitude, you can do tracking, and field trials with them or they can be relative couch potatoes.   Some breeds want to please you – these are the breeds you see as service dogs, labs, shepards, border collies, goldens.  Dachshunds tend to  worry less about what you want (which is part of their charm and part of the frustration with them, too).  They have their own agenda and really prefer if you bend your will to see it their way, they are VERY manipulative, (and if you realize that’s what’s happening – it can be kind of a fun test of wills and challenge).  Without even realizing it, dachshund owners (especially inexperienced ones) can wind up running the house according to the dachshund’s will which generally ends up in problems.

You do need to be careful about backs, and it may be worth considering insurance so that you have some coverage if you have to deal with back issues. 

That sounds overwhelming, and I’m sure people wonder ‘why not just get a golden’ but I love the spunky ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude.  They are wonderful dogs and I’ll always have one with me. 

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We have a long haird dachshund, and my parents have 2 long hairs as well. They are the sweetest dogs. My dog in partiulcar is the best dog i have had. He loves to cuddle, and run in the yard. We have a cat, and they are playful, but he is never aggressive towards her. He is also around my parents 3 dogs, the 2 dachshunds, and they have a large rotwiler and chow mix, and he gets along with all 3 of them, he has never acted aggrisivly towards them either. I have heard the same thing before tho, but i was just at the vet yesterday, and i was speaking one of the assistants there, and he has had dachshunds too, and says they are some of the best dogs. I would recommend dachshunds! 🙂

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

We have a female dachshund mix and she is awesome, seriously the best dog ever.

She gets along with other dogs. She does get food aggressive when the cat tries to get in her food, but the cat is newly adopted so she’s still adjusting.

I cannot say enough good things about dachshunds, just be mindful of their backs! They shouldn’t jump off high beds/couches etc. Ours is a little shorter than a purebred because she is mixed with something else but our friends have a purebred and he’s slipped his neck disc before and almost died. So if you get a purebred be careful of their back area!

Good luck!

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have two female dachshunds (7 and 8 years old) and I will attest that they are little pistols! I have noticed that this isn’t just my dachshunds and a good majority of the dachshunds I have met or heard of are the same way. They are the typical “little dog, big personality” and VERY protective. They think that because they are small they have to make up for it by ACTING like they are big and bossy. My dacshunds have never bit anyone, but any time they see a stranger they charge at them and bark like crazy. After they get their barking out and realize the person or dog is not going to do anything to them, they act like nothing has happened! (Brats!!!) When I take them to the dog parks, although harmless, my dachshunds are bigger bullies than the big dogs.

I always say that my next dog will be a big dog because they are much more friendly than small dogs in general, but I really dog love dacshund personalities and their cute long bodies so I would totally get another one. I would just make sure to adequatly socialize them when they are young. Mine grew up in a city without dog parks or good ways to socialize them with other dogs.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissAnnabelLee:  If you decide to go for it, I would really make sure that you get to introduce him to your dog first and that they get along. Our doxie has been around my in-laws dog’s on a regular basis his entire life, and there is one of their dogs that he just hates for no reason and will try to attack if anyone dares to pet the other dog in front of him, my MIL was actually bit several times separating them once and it was really scary! It’s the weirdest thing, he gets along fine with my SIL’s husky and the in-laws jack russel…but heaven forbid anyone touch their scottie dog in front of him, he just freaks!

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I obviously also am a big dachshund fan – I have two, ages 8 and 1.  My older one is a grouchy old man and can bark (LOUDLY! for such a little guy) at large moving objects until he gets up close and his poor vision actually allows him to see the other dog.  He also hates men and barks like mad for loud male voices unless he knows the person.  But he’s super cuddly and docile/submissive with any humans or dogs he knows.  The little girl is a sweet, inquisitive one and tends to bark just to imitate her brother.  They definitely are not the stars of the park and are slow to warm to other animals but with all the animals they already know (which of course would be true of your Golden), they are extremely protective.  Mine both cuddle right in between the legs of my parents’ lab (at the same time, they are much smaller haha).  I just painted the worst picture of my two who are in general good sweet animals haha.  I also have long-haireds and I think something with the history of mixing them with cocker spaniels to get their coat makes them slightly more calm in nature than short haireds – no guarantees haha.  All dachshunds are spunky dudes with strangers but I would have no hesitation with adding one as a sibling to your pet.

Post # 25
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Newbee

Just came across this post and wanted to weigh-in based on personal experience! I have a dachshund mix, and he is seriously THEE sweetest boy ever to people and animals that he is familiar with; however I have had a lot of issues with strangers (both people and other dogs). He was my first dog to have living on my own and was quite the little challenge to potty train, but once he got that down is he A DOLL! Very, very intelligent. I tell him to “go in your house for a lil bit” when I have to leave for awhile and he’ll go right into his crate. He also loves sleeping under covers lol. Anyways, as ar as another dog, when I decided I wanted to adopt my beagle/shepherd mix, I took him to her foster home and introduced them first to make sure he took to her well, and that night we brought our second one home. They get along great, sometimes he gets territorial over rawhides and other toys but what dog doesn’t, right? 🙂 Overall, I would recommend dachshunds, but I would highly suggest socializing him or her as much as possible during puppyhood to avoid the skiddish behavior around unfamiliar people and animals. Hope this helps! Good luck! 🙂

 

Post # 25
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Wonderstruck: I have almost the exact same experience! My husbands family has a 14 year old dachshund and he’s the same way. Extremely sweet but randomly aggressive. We’ve raised our own dachshund/lab mix for 2 years and he’s learned lots of tricks and we’ve socialized him the way we were supposed to. very loving dog…. But not always. My mother in law has been bitten by a dif dachshund on the ankle on her routine evening walk. Their own dachshund bit their daughter and her boyfriend on the face at random/no reason! And our 2 year old male attacked my grandmas dog and bit their daughter on the face on another occasion when she tried to hug him and he always loves hugs especially from her! When he’s kenneled over night and I randomly wake up for water/bathroom I’ll check on him and speak to him and pet him through the kennel and say goodnight…. I always make sure he sees/hears that it’s me before I put my hand through to make sure I don’t startle him. Tonight I know he saw and heard that it was me so I reached in to pet him and he barked really aggressively and snapped my way. Thankfully he didn’t bite me but I screamed and woke my husband up. It really is hard to express how truly loving he is and at the same time he’s randomly temperamental and it’s scary. They can do more damage than youd think. Especially our 32lb alpha black lab/dachshund mix. All I can do is continue to work with him and reroute the situations to help him stay positive. :/ but they were bred to hunt and kill so we’ll continue to love him and try to prevent him from hurting anyone. Dachshunds are still incredibly loving dogs and it’s very contagious once you know them. He’s been vet checked. He’s always trying to make me happy and looks for acceptance and he’s always making me laugh. They have extremely fun personalities and they know when you need love the most! Very in tune with you. Just randomly cranky I guess you could say kind of like humans except thankfully we dont growl or try to bite others! But i believe all dogs need to be monitored for potential random bad behavior even when we don’t think it could happen, it can. It’s seen and heard of many breeds reacting like they’d never done before. They’re animals after all. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have a daschund and she’s not aggressive at all. She gets along well with my other dog and my daughter. I gt my daschund when she was a year and half. I was worried she wasnt going to get along well with my daughter. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I have one that was a 2 year old rescue. He’s super sweet and loves my little nieces (they can pick him up and dress him up). He does hate Bulldogs for whatever reason and has tried to bite a couple of them (ive always stopped it before it actually happens), but he loves all other dogs. He is territorial when it comes to the house and barks at strangers but doesn’t do anything other than bark loudly. 

I agree that he’s playful when you want him to be but when you’re feeling lazy or sick he’s content to cuddle all day. 

Post # 28
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Wannabee

Ms.Dachshund :  Please suggest me.

I found a dachshund in streat with wounds on back. He is searching something (may be his owner) from 10 days. I want to adopt him. Is it good to adopt him? How to adopt him? Is it safe with him (like a dog bite)?

please suggest me.

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