Is a Dachshund right for me?
Many people just love the idea of a dachshund! A dachshund is one of the most recognized breeds and for good reason! Not many dogs are a half a dog tall and one and a half dogs long! But it is important to choose a breed that is a good fit for you and your lifestyle. Dachshunds are not for everyone.
Being bred for hunting badgers, dachshunds can be a little ball of energy, very strong willed, determined and independent. Dachshunds think they are the size of a German Shepherd and it is often said they have the Heart of a lion, Brain of a fox, Body of a sausage and Bark of a doberman.
The determination, stubbornness and sneakiness makes dachshunds incredibly difficult to potty train. They are smart enough to get around the rules so they don't have the slightest inconvenience of being outside in the weather.
I once read an article from E.B. White that seemed to give quite a humorous and accurate depiction of a dachshund. While comical and somewhat harsh, it is very true! Especially to that of a dachshund puppy.
"Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Someday, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can't be trained and shouldn't be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do."
- E.B. White
Dachshunds are very social dogs who want to be right with you, oftentimes right underfoot. We are constantly tripping over one (or two or three) dogs! They are very "helpful" in all that you do! They are not a dog to leave alone for long periods of time.
Having said that, dachshunds can be wonderful family dogs but be cautious with small children. Dachshunds are wonderfully snuggly. You will probably sit down and have your doxie on your lap within 3 seconds. Dachshunds are playful and love to chew. You may find yourself buying every toy imaginable. Dachshunds can be good at fetch and some tricks. They do require exercise although jumping is not recommended. A dachshund loves to feel a part of the pack, so he will want to go on all your adventures. Get your walking shoes ready!
I love the description that our friends across the world at ONATAH Dachshunds lists on her site. A very humorous and true representation of dachshunds... you've got to have a sense of humor while raising doxies! Check it out here!
Please check the AKC page linked below for more helpful information about this breed.