Pros & Cons of Owning a Dachshund
Pros & Cons of Owning a Dachshund
According to the American Kennel Club’s website, as of 2018, Dachshunds are ranked number 12 among the most popular dog breeds in America! And we have great reason to believe they deserve that ranking - maybe even higher! Below we listed some pros and cons about owning a Dachshund that you should be made aware of before adopting this silly little breed!
Dachshunds Have Hilarious Personalities
- Have you ever seen a YouTube video with a Dachshund? Those little guys with their long bodies and stubby arms, trying to run as fast as they can? You can’t tell me you don’t giggle every time you see a picture of one when it pops up on your social media feed. You laugh because you already have in your mind how that little wiener dog is - goofy! Just the way they run with their too big of tongues hanging out can make anyone’s bad day just a little bit better! There will never be a dull moment with a Doxie strutting around like they own the place!
They Make Wonderful Family Dogs
- These little guys won’t earn the title “fur baby” for nothing! They will literally turn themselves as the most important child you will ever parent - even if you already have other pets or children for that matter! They are great with kids – probably because they see them as little versions of big human. Just like how they are little versions of bigger dogs! They will butter up any family member by showing off those puppy dog eyes to have a seat in their lap. Have a family that is always on the go? Great! Doxies are great traveling companions, too! Their compact size and love for adventure is a perfect fit for families who like to do fun things on the weekends! Be sure to let everyone know that there is precious cargo on board with our “Dachshund on Board” car sticker! https://dachshundfan.com/products/dachshund-on-board-auto-decal-adorably-dachshund
They Live Longer than Average Dogs
- One of the best possible things about having a Dachshund is knowing that they will be around for a while. So you have to make sure that you are in it for the long haul, too! Doxies can live anywhere between 12-16 years on average. Dogs, in general, live only to be about 10. Although we do list below medical problems that you can foresee, they don’t really slow down the overall quality of life that they have. These dogs are some of the few breeds that have been bred in healthy ways to maintain this longer life expectancy. We always wish to have more time with our dogs and luckily for you, you are bound to have many, many happy and healthy years with your Dachshund!
They Can Out Stubborn & Manipulate You
- Although this is a good thing that they are this smart to do so, this means they notice how you work, as well. They know that the perfect time to pull out those puppy eyes is when you have a bowl of Chipotle you are eating! They will cuddle up innocently only to run away seconds later with a bag of chips you had! Ask any Dachshund owner and they will tell you that their dog runs solely on the power of their nose and stomach which could lead them (or you!) into trouble. Being natural hunters plus stubborn, if they are not getting the treats and food that you are eating, they might go find something for themselves! These sneaky little things can do it swiftly and quickly - so keep your eyes peeled!
They Come With Health Concerns
- With their abnormal bodies come several different concerns in regards to their health. Joints are a huge issue and this can start at young ages. From jumping up and down from laps or beds, their long bodies are disproportionate from their legs and when gravity hits, it makes it easy for their hips and spine to become dislocated with a simple jump. To help avoid this in the future, purchase dog steps for them to get on surfaces safely or when you pick them up, be sure to support their back and don’t let them hang. To be reminded of this, check out our “Do Not Bend” decal sticker we have in our shop! https://dachshundfan.com/products/dachshund-decal-auto-window-wall They are also prone to ailments like seizures and dental issues.
They Are Highly in-tuned with Their Ancestral Instincts
- As already stated, Dachshunds are hunting dogs by nature and can be extremely stubborn. This can make it difficult to train when it comes to “normal” dog tricks and lessons. For example, house training a Dachshund can be challenging due to their nature of being hyperactive and anxious. Those two traits together when they need to go potty may not end up so well for the owner! If outside, always keep a watchful eye over them for they are prone to want to go chasing after small prey like rabbits, snakes, and birds. Because of their high energy levels, they may not exhaust easy after a little run. And their stubbornness will not allow them to lose this prey! It would be advised to have a closed-in fence with no holes. Many owners have noted that their Doxies are loud and constant barkers - no matter how many hours of training they have put into breaking the habit. Although each one is different, it is a common theme amongst the breed. They will also love to burrow, so be careful where you sit! You could probably find them in their cave-like bed like this! https://dachshundfan.com/products/fleece-dog-bed-a-burrowing-spot-your-doxy-will-love
Although we would like to say “Consider all of your pros and cons before getting a Dachshund!” We already know that this amazingly loving and loyal breed will be nothing short of a doggy soulmate for you.