Acquiring a Dachshund

A prospective dachshund owner must examine their conscience as to why they want to have a dachshund in the house.

Dachshund
  • Feeling an attraction for a dachshund is not enough to make a good decision. Each breed of dog has certain requirements, especially dachshunds, for them to successfully work out in any home environment.

    A prospective dachshund owner must examine their conscience as to why they want to have a pet in the house.

  • Do you have the time and financial resources to adequately take care of that investment for the life of the pet?

  • Evaluate your budget; can you really afford a dog? If you can’t afford the price tag of a purebred dog, then you should really think twice about acquiring a puppy.

Dachshunds provide special opportunities and challenges

Dachshund's present some special challenges to their owners and you should be prepared for those challenges before brining one home then suddenly discover you're not prepared to handle the responsibilities.

  • A dachshund may live to be 10 to 15 years

  • Dachshunds don't like to be left alone

  • Be prepared to handle the needs of a new dog

This means that owning a dachshund requires a long-term commitment that involves not only providing basic food and shelter, but also providing much needed affection and attention.

Questions to consider before buying

Having a dachshund is a time-consuming proposition and lasts for the life of the dog. A prospective dachshund owner must examine their conscience as to why they want to have a dachshund in the house. Do you have the time and financial resources to adequately take care of that investment for the life of your dachshund?

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Are you a dachshund-type person?

lf you have a friendly personality, you will immediately have something in common with a dachshund. A lively mind will also be a plus. Dachshunds are known to be intelligent companions with strong character and determination. At times your Dachshund will run rings around you if you're not fast enough, and smart enough, to keep up with him!

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Male or female: which sex is better for you?

When looking at adopting a dachshund, you'll probably see one, two or more dachshunds. Which dachshund do you immediately feel comfortable with? After handling several, there will be that one that seems like a natural fit. That should be your choice. But there are other factors you may need to consider: males or female? Smooth hair, longhair, or wirehaired? Mini or Standard?

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Bringing a new Dachshund into your home for the first time

Starting off on the right foot will go along way in making you and your new dog's life much happier. Here's a few tips for bringing home a new dog from either a shelter, rescue organization, or a breeder.

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A dachshund makes an excellent family dog. Despite his small size he makes a good watch dog with a surprisingly loud bard. He may be slightly aggressive to strangers. The Dachshund has an intelligent, alert, facial expression. There are 6 varieties of Dachshunds; smooth-haired, wire-haired and long-haired in two sizes, Standard and Miniature. The smooth-haired Dachshund is the originally strain, the wire-haired and the long-haired were attained by crossing the smooth-haired with other breeds.