A little about dachshunds...
To help you better understand the Dachshund breed and to help you make and informed decision about adopting a dachshund, we have prepared some information for you to read before making a final decision. Please read it and carefully consider the commitment you are making when you are adopting a dachshund puppy.
Dachshunds are playful, energetic, clever and courageous. They will provide you with love, hours of laughter and entertainment.
They are very loyal and devoted to their owners.
They are a lot of fun, enjoy playing and being silly. They also love to cuddle or sit in your lap but happiest under your blankets in your bed. But beware as they can be stubborn, standoffish with strangers and challenging to train. If left untrained, they can develop aggression. Training must begin early and with proper training and socialization you can avoid these behavior issues.
Dachshunds need structure.
They can't be treated as babies. Hire a trainer if you are unsure as to how to train a dog properly. Hire them early, so they can teach you how to train your dog. People need training as well.
I can recommend trainers in our area for future reference.
Don't wait until it's too late.
Remember that every dog is an individual just like us and as with any other dog, they will respond to how they are treated.
Dachshunds come from the hound family. The standards were bred for hunting, tracking and flushing badgers and other burrowing animals. Miniatures were bred for smaller prey such as rabbits and prairie dogs. Their hunting instincts mean that they are quite fearless. I don't recommend "tug of war" kinds of plays, especially for that reason. Like all hunting dogs, they can also have a loud bark.
Dachshunds are pets that will adapt to every type of family. They are good pets for young adults, older adults, teenagers and even children as long as kids are properly thought how to handle them. However, please note that at 8 weeks, they are not the most robust puppies, therefore not the best choice for families with very young children.
No roughhousing is allowed as they are already pre-disposed to some back problems due to their long backs and short rib cage.
They can be very territorial and takes some time to warm up to your visitors. This is why early socialization is a must. If you wait until they receive all their puppy shots, it might be too late as after the age of 6-7 weeks is the time they start to develop fear. Healthy dogs of other family members or friends is a perfect place to take puppy to socialize with other dogs.
They tend to get along with other pets. Once you get them properly socialized they will be best friends.
Remember that dachshunds were bred to hunt - in case your other pet is a hamster or a rabbit proper supervision is a must.
As with any other dog, they will respond to how they are treated. If they are treated with love, kindness, patience, gentleness and respect, they will respond with love, loyalty, faithfulness, gentleness and they will respect you!
It's a lifetime commitment.
Please do your own research to make sure that a dachshund is the right breed
for your family's lifestyle before adopting one.