What Are Dachshunds Really Like?
Dachshunds are cute let’s face it, but what is the Dachshund really like? Certainly they can make wonderful family pets or companion dogs, but it is important that you know something about the breed before you consider buying a Dachshund puppy.
Dachshunds were bred as hunting dogs, initially to track down badgers. Okay, so they are not the first dog breed that springs to mind when you think of a hunting dog, but that’s a fact. In certain countries they are still used for their original purpose.
But today Dachshunds are known the world over for being wonderful pet dogs. That they are, but it is important to bear in mind the purpose for which they were originally created.
Dachshunds tend to be independent and sometimes a little stubborn. That’s in their breeding. But properly trained, those traits can be diluted, and they need to be if the Dachshund is to fill the void in your life. They are also protective and sometimes a little possessive. But they are also fun-loving and affectionate little dogs, it is just up to you to get the best out of them.
Dachshunds are one of the most popular companion dogs and family pets with good reason. But it is imperative that you teach your Dachshund puppy how you expect him to behave. Don’t let the tail wag the dog or you could have a Dachshund who rules you!
Like all dogs, the Dachshund needs to know its place. It needs to understand that it is not the master. You are not being kind to a Dachshund by spoiling it or by allowing it to dictate to you. You will have a problem dog on your hands if you do.
Understand the breed – buy one of our recommended Dachshund books and learn all about Dachshunds before ever you buy one. Teach your Dachshund puppy what is expected of him, what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. Introduce him to as many people and situations as possible while he is still young. Early socialization is important with Dachshunds.
Correct him when he does something wrong, praise him when he does something that pleases you. Don’t go thinking you’ll correct his misbehaviour when he’s older – that’ll never work. Start as you mean to continue otherwise your puppy will be confused and unhappy because of it.
Dachshunds make wonderful family pets and companion dogs but ONLY if you train them and socialize them from an early age. If you do, you’ll have a dog that few can match for loyalty, affection and love!
If you would like to read more about owning a Dachshund, please read some of these excellent, highly recommended books:
* The Everything Dachshund Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training and Caring for Your Dachshund by: Joan Hustace Walker
* Dachshunds for Dummies by: Eve Adamson
* The Essential Dachshund (Essential Guide) by: Howell Book House
* A New Owners Guide to Dachshunds by: Kaye Ladd
* The Dachshund Handbook (Barron’s Pet Handbooks) by: D. Caroline Coile
* The Dachshund by: Susan M. Ewing and Wayne Hunthausen