Dachshunds have many nicknames including Doxie, Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog and more. They may be small but don’t let that fool you. Dachshunds are sassy and will definitely keep you on your toes.
If you’re thinking about adding a dog to your family and considering a Dachshund there’s a few important things to know before pulling the trigger.
- Dachshunds are scent hounds and were bred for hunting. Their job was to sniff our badgers, rabbits and other small animals. They are controlled by their nose and belly. One thing I would do to help fulfill this natural instinct was to hide treats in the yard, and let them hunt for them.
- Dachshunds are extremely strong willed and want everything their way. They are challenging to train but it’s possible with patience and consistency. Once you find something that motivates them such as a favorite toy or surprise food, use that as a reward during training sessions.
- Dachshunds live for a long time. The average lifespan for a doxie is 14-16 years old. I have seen many live for 17 plus years. I was fortunate to have My Cody for 17 years. Be prepared to be in it for the long hall. You can ensure your dachshund is happy and healthy by using supplements and a high quality dog food.
- Dachshunds are particular about the weather. Most absolutely hate getting their belly’s wet. It’s not unusual for a dachshund to refuse to go outside when it’s raining. If you live in a state that gets snow, expect your yard to look like a maze during the winter months because you’ll need to shovel a path for them. A nice waterproof jacket made for doxies can be helpful as well as dog booties to protect their feet from getting too cold.Because Dachshunds have fragile necks and backs it’s important that they wear a dog harness. That said, because dachshunds are a funny shape it will be difficult to find one that fits them at your local pet store.
- Dachshund’s are prone to having back injuries. Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a hereditary disease and your dog will either have or not. If your dog has it, regardless of how careful you are, they could develop a spinal injury in their neck or back that requires surgery. My Cody had IVDD and had surgery twice in his lifetime. I was so thankful he was insured through healthy paws pet insurance. Healthy Paws paid out over 20,000 in medical bills throughout Cody’s life. I’ll never go without insurance again because there is no way I could have given him the quality care he deserves without it.
Dachshunds will definitely steal your heart with their clownish antics and funny looks. In fact, many people with dachshunds will tell you it’s hard to have just one. If you decide a dachshund is the right fit for your family be sue you are well researched beforehand so you don’t have any surprises.