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Anyone with a sausage dog with dc??

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Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 14:11:40

Iv always loved them as do dc and considering getting one. When Iv researched they haven't come up well as good dogs for kids yet one friend I know have on with 3 kids and it's been great (and put up with a lot!) and another friend I know has 2 with young kids and she said hers are amazing with her 3 young kids and she grew up with them and loved them and said really friendly, loyal and great with kids. Just wanted to see who else had them with kids and what they thought?


NorthernBird92 Tue 16-Feb-16 14:13:53

Yes I do!!! And he's fabulous he loves my 10 month old to pieces. He's also very protective of her. If he has had enough of being proded and poked he goes out of the way hth

Crusoe Tue 16-Feb-16 14:18:42

We have one! We had the dog before our ds and the dog took a while to get used to not being the centre of attention and hated walking next to the buggy but apart from that it has been great.
Our dog is a bit nervous so doesn't like things like balloons and toy guns but my son is older now and very mindful of this.
My ds and dog are great friends and it works really well although I think ds sometimes wishes we had a bigger dog that could stand a bit more rough and tumble.
They are very loving, loyal, clever little dogs. Don't under estimate how far those little legs can walk though!

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 14:21:05

Aw that sounds very cute. Do you know why they have negative press with kids? Is it 'small dog syndrome'?

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 15:25:35

Can I also ask do you have short or long haired and what is the moulting like?

Crusoe Tue 16-Feb-16 15:26:33

We have a wire haired - no moulting!

ChipsandGuac Tue 16-Feb-16 15:28:35

My friend has 4 kids and has always had mini dachshunds. I think the main thing about them re kids is their backs are easily damaged if kids are allowed to manhandle them. So you need to teach the kids to treat them respectfully.

They bark a lot though!

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 15:38:45

Yes I have read a lot about their dogs and I think u would tell me kids (7 and 9) not to pick it up at all. I have heard they bark a lot too!

Asking a naive question... Do the wire haired ones feel wirey?! Or are they soft?

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 15:41:32

Backs not dogs!!

TrionicLettuce Tue 16-Feb-16 15:42:37

Are you anywhere near Birmingham Purple? It's Crufts next month and they have a "Discover Dogs" area where you can meet pretty much every breed recognised by the KC and chat to people who own/breed. It's great for checking out breeds if you're not sure which one would suit you best.

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 15:47:29

Oh wow that sounds fab! But no sadly, am in the south east.

Crusoe Tue 16-Feb-16 18:38:53

The wires vary a lot. Ours is very soft but I have seen others that are much much coarser.
And yes they do bark a lot which came as a shock as ours was totally mute for the first 2 years then overnight found his voice!

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:51:33

Is the barking due to how territorial they are do you think? Or do you mean they bark for no reason?

BinaryFinary Tue 16-Feb-16 19:05:23

They are a very territorial breed. They do tend towards nervousness in strange situations and that can show itself as snappiness. Ours is great on the whole with the dc although I do not trust her 100%. The problem is more with their friends who want to pet her she definitely does not like that and I have to watch her like a hawk when other kids are around

Do lots of reading, we've always had them since I was a child and they do have very particular common traits. They are lovely, completely devoted to their family but I wouldn't recommend them to someone unfamiliar with the breed

They are VERY difficult to train, particularly noteworthy in relation to house training which can be a very long hard slog.

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:10:52

I have decided I don't want a puppy, would rather 18 months onwards so that may make it harder unless I can re home. I do like Bichon frise also. Iv read up a lot and the few people I know about them speak very highly of them and can't recommend them enough, but Iv not had a dog before and really don't want to make a mistake?

CorBlimeyTrousers Tue 16-Feb-16 19:11:49

No pets myself but I had a Saturday job as a teenager and the owner had a wire haired Dachsund (that's a sausage dog right?). First it hated men (all staff at the shop were female luckily). Then it hated children (awkward when they wanted to let her and I was honestly worried she might bite - she used to go for people). And then she hated everyone who didn't work in the shop. It was a nightmare. So much so that I still remember it clearly 25 years later.

She was spoiled (as Saturday girl I had To make her milky tea in a bowl when I made tea for everyone else) and probably not well trained, but still ...

Crusoe Tue 16-Feb-16 20:00:48

Yes they are territorial. Ours barks when people come to the house which gets annoying but is short lived. He goes mad for the postman.
Agree with the poster above, ours is fine with ds but need to just keep an eye on other children who can be a bit over enthusiastic and therefore a bit much for him. That said he is a very very gentle dog with a good temperament but I think their small size can make them feel a bit vulnerable.

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 20:14:59

We rarely have other dc at our house but if we did I would always err on the side of caution with other kids (like I would my own obv) I don't know what other small dogs are good with kids

Dieu Tue 16-Feb-16 20:37:30

I was very tempted to get one (and even had a reputable breeder lined up) but then read somewhere (the Independent?) that they're the no. 1 dog most likely to bite. All I can say is, from the few I've since met, that I don't believe this for a second!
I have heard that they bark a lot though. I remember speaking to said breeder on the phone, and asking why his dogs were barking in the background. "Oh, at some leaves blowing across the garden," he replied. hmm

Purplerainbow2 Tue 16-Feb-16 20:43:14

That's interesting as I also read that they listed high as aggressive (the mail) although half the stuff I read in there I don't believe. That's what made me ask the question on here as the people I know have had no issues at all with aggression!

I wonder if the barking is just specific dogs.... Or all of them?

Dieu Tue 16-Feb-16 20:45:49

I have a Shih Tzu pup. Super cute, great with the kids, loves other dogs, no shedding, barks occasionally. There are worse breeds you could consider!

Dieu Tue 16-Feb-16 20:47:10

I think the barking is very typical of the breed. My friend's Dachshund is super shy, but still a barker.

MrsDeVere Tue 16-Feb-16 20:54:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CrossfireHurricane Tue 16-Feb-16 20:55:05

My sisters dachshund is fabulous with children - not so the postman!
Very territorial but a dear dog who really is a sweet heart ( does bark a lot)

AcrossthePond55 Tue 16-Feb-16 20:55:29

We have one and he would NOT be good with small children. He can be 'growly' and doesn't take kindly to being 'mauled about' the way many small children might do. But that's probably because he hasn't really been around children as ours are grown. Then again, we have friends with three and they're all very good with their 2 year old grandson. I think it's all in acclimatizing both the dog and the children and training your dog assertively.

But Dachsies ARE a very 'bitey' breed by nature. A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania rated Dachsies as one of the top three most aggressive breeds. They're also extremely stubborn.

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