about the breed

Is a dachshund the right dog for you? They can be stubborn! In order to successfully own a stubborn dachshund, you must be more stubborn than the dog! Make sure you are the pack leader and not your dog. Just because they are cute doesn't mean they can get away with everything. On the plus side, dachshunds can be loyal, fun loving dogs. They are smart, stubborn, cute, loving, hilarious dogs that need to be treated with humour, love and structure! 

Before deciding to get a dachshund please read the following information. Make sure you know what the breed is all about and if a dachshund would be a good fit for your family. Our advice to all wanting to adopt a dachshund is see if you can meet a few first before deciding and see if you would fit the breed.

Dachshunds are hounds first and foremost. 
They were bred to hunt. Their purpose was to get down in the rabbit holes, the badger holes or the fox dens and flush the critters out. This is why dachshunds have the short legs and long bodies with the deep chests.  All the better to get in those holes and flush out the prey! Having said that, although most dachshunds are now house pets, they still have a prey drive. Keep this in mind when deciding if this is the right dog for you. If you have small pets in your home such as gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, or even cats in some cases, adding a dachshund to the mix may be flirting with disaster.

Dachshunds can be one person dogs. 
When considering a dachshund, you need to think do you want a family dog that will love everyone equal, or do you want a dog to bond to a specific member of the family?  We hear more often than not of dachshunds bonding to one member of the family and being mainly that person's dog. Is this the type of personality you want in your home? If the answer is no, maybe a dachshund is not for you.

Back problems are the main health problem for a dachshund.

They are prone to slipped disks, calcified disks and paralysis. Their long bodies are great for den trials but not for jumping. Between the ages of 2 years and 9 years are the main ages they are prone to disk disease. This means that if a dachshund jumps off something the wrong way or have been flying off couches, running up and down stairs, jumping on and off beds for years, they could blow a disk and be up for a $2500 surgery or more. If the surgery is not done they could be paralyzed for life, requiring you to drain bladders and do therapy for the rest of your dog’s life. To avoid this problem, it is advised to not let your dachshund do stairs whenever possible or jump on and off furniture and beds.

An overweight dachshund is a recipe for disaster. 
One of the biggest deterrent to back problems is weight.  It is imperative that your dachshund does not get overweight; their little backs simply cannot handle excess weight. You don't want to have to deal with the question of surgery. Please consider whether you want to deal with lifting a dog up and down from everywhere. Are you looking for a dog you can free feed? Dachshunds are not dogs that can be free fed. Some dachshunds will literally eat until they are ready to explode. Please don't let your wiener get overweight!

Top reasons dachshunds are surrendered

1.  I can't house train my dachshund. 
Dachshunds are hard to house train. It takes patience and consistency. They are hounds which instantly makes them stubborn and pigheaded. They are also small with little legs and long bodies which makes it hard to tell when they have to go if you are watching body language. They also sniff a lot which also makes it hard to tell when they have to go. Another reason is they dislike cold weather and may refuse to go out into the cold to do their business. Some dachshunds feel the same way about rainy weather.

Crate train your stubborn hound. If you know they need to go and you just took them out but they refused to go, bring them in, put them in the crate and try again in half an hour. Don't give them access to the house until they go outside and do their business. Consistency and patience is the sure way to house train your dachshund. 

Get your dog into a routine. There will always be tell tale signs when they go if you are paying attention. After they eat, usually within 20 minutes give or take, take them out ask them to go on command. They can learn this! After a big play they will have to go so take them out and ask them to go on command. Go with them and watch them outside to make sure they go as they are stubborn and smart and will fake it to get you to let them in.  First thing in the morning and before bed,  go out with them make sure they go.

2. My dachshund is not good with kids - snapping.
Dachshunds on average are not good with small children. Kids are busy, loud and to a dachshund, big and scary. This combination is usually bad. Dachshunds are smart and with their long bodies, they can be hurt easily by a small child so will by instinct snap at any child who is rough, loud, running  or scary in any way. For this reason, we don't generally adopt to families with small children. On rare occasion, we do have a dachshund that loves little kids but this doesn't happen too often.

3.  I'm having a new baby and the dog has to go. 
This is also a common reason for surrendering a dachshund. Before deciding to bring a dachshund into your home, decide first what your plans are for the future and whether or not the dog would fit into your life. If you are planning a family, think first whether a dachshund is the right choice for a young family. If you do want a dachshund and have a new baby, contact us. We can help with strategies for introducing dogs to babies and how to help them handle the change.

4.  My dachshund barks at everything.
Little dogs are prone to barking. Dachshunds are no different. We often get calls from people who feel they can no longer deal with their dachshund and the barking. Dachshunds can quickly take over the house if you let them. Do you have to let them? NO!!! Just because you have the cutest dog on earth does not mean they need to rule you and your home. Little dogs need discipline, too. They also need rules , structure, and a pack leader. Obedience classes are highly recommended if you want a well-behaved dog, even for the cute little lap dog!