(Closed) Experienced Dachshund owners – what do I need to know?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

They are so loveable & loyal but become very attached & jealous & also have serious potty training issues… 

Post # 17
1745 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve had dachshunds for many years.  I love the breed because some of the issues mentioned.  It  gives them a great personality.  They have their own wants and opinions (and you really hope that they correspond to yours because they are stubborn.)  they do need a strong owner – that doesn’t mean treating them mean, but it does mean you have to know when they’re testing you.  They don’t necessarily care if they please you, in contrast to other breeds like the working dogs who want to do what you ask them to.  There are a lot of breeds that are easier for a first time dog owner to ‘learn’ on.  I would absolutely budget for health insurance, it would be heartbreaking to have to euthanize because you couldn’t afford back surgery (5K+).  Early and ongoing socialization, watching weight and limiting jumping/stairs to minimize back issues.  My own bias is that standards tend to be less yappy/nippy than minis.  If you decide on a Dachshund you may be able to minimize health and temprament problems by finding a good breeder.  

Post # 18
9524 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Forgot to mention- not sure if a dach trait or dog in general. Mine developed Alzheimer’s late in life. I was gone at college and my father went on business trips a lot. He would get back and she wouldn’t know who he was, from the abuse from the previous owner she would be terrified.poor girl, that’s no way to live. We had to put her down. She did live a long happy life. Just keep an eye out for symptoms 

Post # 19
2441 posts
Buzzing bee

Make sure you rescue. Don’t buy one or go to a breeder they are normally so inbreed it causes even more issues then what they have  Also, make sure that you have money for vet bills because they have a ridiculous amount of problems. Most common, back problems (who would have thought?!) And dental issues. They are cute, but hard to train.

Deffinately do research into this breed before you get one. There are many other adorable breeds out there with less problems. If this is the breed you want, then good luck, and get puppy training books! 

P.s. I’m a vet tech and they tend to develop issues earlier in life then other dogs. So just be prepared to deal with that. But they areally really cute!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  ahartig.
Post # 20
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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cbcb1005:  My mom had dachshunds most of my life. They can be the sweetest most loving dogs but there is a LOT to consider. 

* They are very stubborn and hard to train. 

* They are VERY protective of their owners. My sister’s dog would growl & try to bite anyone who got near her and my mom’s once bit a little boy on the face who bent down to tell my mom something. 

* You can’t let them jump but they will really want to. One of our dachshunds was paralyzed at age 7. It was aweful and the next couple years of her life before she died were really hard on everyone. 

* More than one peed when they got excited. It’s ridiculous and a pain in the ass. 

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