dachshund?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have two dachshund mixes. I grew up loving dachshunds and wanting one. I remember begging my parents for one I saw at a petstore when I was little. I still remember it was 250.00. (When you’re little you don’t know about why it’s bad to buy dogs at petstores or that your parents don’t have that kined of money anyway.) I love my dogs to death and wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I will warn you that they are notorious for back problems, since they have a long spine. They frequently get herniated discs and there is surgery they can do but it costs thousands of dollars. Mine was unable to walk once and I took her to the vet and they had to do xrays, etc., and then they referred her to a vet neurologist. They didn’t warn me this guy charges like 700 for an office visit. LOL. Talk about sticker shock. Basically he said she wasn’t as bad as the xrays made it look like, try to confine her for a while, and give her anti-inflammatories. If I remember correctly, he told me she was the 6th dachshund he had seen THAT DAY. Thankfully my little girl recovered nicely. Sometimes she and her brother have a couple bad days, especially as they age. I know if they ever herniate a disc, I will probably have to have them euthanized as I don’t have several thousand dollars for a surgery and was told that usually even if it is successful they usually end up herniating other discs and I wouldn’t put them through that pain. Also, be careful with your nose. They are notorious nose nippers. They think it’s totally acceptable to nip your nose when playing. I think it’s a manifestation of their badger face-grabbing instinct. 🙂 Please post pics if you get one!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We adopted a six year old long hair. We love him. The back problems are always a risk. they do give lots of love and they don’t know they are a small dog. Mine plays with a Great Dane. 

Post # 5
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567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

vmason009:  OMG he is precious! How does he reach the accelerator when driving? 🙂

Post # 6
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

These are my two mini doxie puppies and I’m completely in love!! 

They play with bigger dogs really well actually. They tend to think they are much bigger than they really are. I dedinitely agree with the back problems. Don’t let them jump off high things like your bed. Also, they are notorious for being stubborn so training can be difficult but stick with it and be consistent and it will be perfectly fine. 🙂

Post pics when you get one!! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

MrsMcQN:  We have a 2ish year old long-haired, brown and tan dapple doxie! She’s on the low-end of standard-sized (about 14 lbs.)  We adopted her so we’re not sure how old she is, but we’ve had her for 18 months and we love her.  My mom has a doxie and my sister has one as well.

 

A few things about weenies: they are notoriously hard to train, and (sorry) they’re not very smart.  I feel confident saying that because my mom, sister and i all grew up with dogs who were well-trained and well-behaved, and we all agree that the doxies are the dumbest dogs we’ve ever had.  My maltese runs circles around my poor doxie. They ARE, however, EXTREMELY affectionate. Pimm is on me all.the.time.  She follows me around, tail wagging, and just gives the most adoring stares. My sister’s dog is the same.  They’re also great for apt living as they don’t need or want much exercise.  The long-haired variety sheds a LOT- your house will be covered in hair, no matter how small the dog is.  Regardless, she’s the perfect dog for us- she almost never barks, is super sweet and friendly and is a great lapdog. I used to take her to the office and people didn’t even know she was there because she just sat quietly on my lap all day.  Your mileage may vary, bu we <3 her.

 

PIX! (in her natural habitat… on the couch being a lazy fattie.)

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’ve had dachshunds for many years.  I will always have one – I love their independent (stubborn) personalities. They are very trainable, but will never be like a border collie or other working dog.  I think they’re a great breed, but like any breed, they aren’t for everyone.  

I’m going to list the usual negatives about dachshunds:  Backs – keeping them fit(not fat) and trim helps prevent back problems as can avoid jumping off couches etc.   If it’s in your budget you can buy pet health insurance to pay for expensive medical problems / back surgery.  They’re often listed on the “more difficult to house train” lists.   They tend to have a reputation to nip if they feel threatened (my vet says she’s more cautious around mini-dachshunds than any other breed.) 

We have a couple of rules in the house, she knows them:  Sit before I put the food bowl down.  Sit before we go through an open outside door.    She will not EVER spontaneously do the rule.  I can stand with the food bowl for minutes with her staring at it.  If I  say her name, clear my throat, or take a breath and open my mouth to speak – she’ll do it.  She just won’t do it without being asked – because she’s stubborn.  

They are MASTER manipulators it’s easier to give in to what they want than to set and maintain limits (did I say they’re stubborn?).  If she decides she wants a treat she will start slow with staring, then running back and forth between the treat cupboard and where we’re sitting, then rattling the treat cupboard (she can no longer open it herself since installing  the child proof latches on the door), then she graduates to barking.  Ultimately she often gets the treat because she conveniently ignores “no” when she wants to, and she’s like the little everready bunny once she sets her mind on something.  They also have a reputation for liking to dig.          

Now on the other hand she’s a great cuddler and curls up behind my knees under the covers at night – with just her shout poking out for easier breathing.  She’s willing to go anywhere anytime, but will become a couch potato inside.  With short little legs, you don’t need long walks for exercise.  And, I love having a dog who has and expresses her likes and dislikes and has ideas of her own. 

Post # 9
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

bkrocks13:  I love that look Doxie’s make!! My little Daisy does that! 🙂 

Post # 10
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71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MrsMcQN:  Ah I’m on a different computer than I normally am so I don’t have any photos of my little doxie, but I think my fiance and I have agreed to always have a doxie in the house. Everyone has echoed that they are very difficult to train. When he was a puppy, I cannot tell you how many times we came home to chewed up shoes, cell phone chargers, carpet, kitchen chairs…you name it, he’s probably chewed it up.

However, that phase passed and ever since we brought him into our home, he has just been the absolute sweetest. He’s 3.5 years old and I can count on two hands how many times he’s barked. He just craves human attention and always wants to be next to someone. They are one of the most friendly and loving dogs I have ever met. You won’t regret getting one and congratulations!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Awwwww I want a doxie so bad!!!!! I think they are the most adorable little doggies ever. But I heard they are not very good with kids…. they don’t have much patience and will bite if you bug them too much. 

Is this true? Do any of you have doxie’s and small children? How are they around them? 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsMcQN:  We have a miniature dachshund that we adopted from a resuce agency when he was 8 weeks old.  He’s an angel and we have a blast with him.  They are funny little dogs, have big personalities and funny quirks.  He loves to burrow in blankets and cuddle with us.  They are very personable and love to be near you at all times.  When we visit my parents they demand that we bring him over with us.  Get a Doxie!!  You won’t regret it  🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsPiggles:  I have heard that too about dachshunds, but my little guy plays with our friends kids (ages 2,3 and 4) just fine.  If it gets to be too much attention for him, we just leave our bedroom door open so he can hide under the bed from them for a bit.  I do remind the kids to be nice to him though.  Our dog does get jealous when I am holding my friends baby, but he doesnt bite.  He just sits and stares at me.  haha

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MrsMcQN:  We’ve always had dachshunds and they are the very best!! Small dogs but with BIG personalities! Our dog plays with bigger dogs all of the time, and he does fine. Doxies are more susceptible to back problems and they are especially prone to this if you put them in positions that strain their backs. You have to support their backs while you hold them and running up and down the stairs is not good for them either, so if you have a staircase you might want to consider blocking it off or teaching your dog that you must carry him/her up the stairs!

Post pictures if you adopt one! They are the cutest!!

Post # 15
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567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

kellz1207:  Does your puppy flip its ear inside out often? It’s funny because my dog does that all the time.

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