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Does anyone have a dachshund?

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Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 16:39:21

I just wonder if you do, could you share your experiences please? I'm looking to get a smooth haired and Iv not read great things about them but the few I know are great with kids etc. I have 2 kids and would be about in the day etc.

What is yours like? Any negatives?

Tia

knowler Tue 24-Jan-17 16:41:25

I'd love a dachshund too. What bad things have you heard? I've heard they can be stubborn but apart from that I thought they were a good choice for a family with kids. Hopefully someone will advise us!!

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 16:43:15

Yes mainly that they are stubborn and not great at house training.

Fireinthegrate Tue 24-Jan-17 18:37:13

Don't let a dachshund jump up on the sofa and jump down, or go up and down the stairs. Because of their long back this is really bad for them. My friend's little dachsy girl has had to have crate rest and she has had to put a gate at the bottom of the stairs.
Apart from that the ones I know are lovely little dogs and are all good with children. (I know about 5 dachsy dogs in 3 different homes, but have not owned one myself).

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 18:47:55

So would they be ok on your lap on the sofa/upstairs but I'd have to carry it up/down?

PuraVida Tue 24-Jan-17 18:48:31

They are incredibly difficult to housetrain. They have a tendency to be snappy, do not like strangers at all and can show fear aggression (hard when they're cute and everyone wants to stroke them). They're very much one person / family dogs. Ours is ok with the kids, i'd never trust her entirely. She LOVES me and all she really wants is to be on my lap. She's not much up for walks though can go and go if it's warm / dry / not muddy. They're very very greedy and prone to obesity which in turn puts stress on their fragile backs.

I love ours, but they're not an ideal family dog. We've had umpteen since my childhood and they have a particular and common personality. Do your research but don't kid yourself that yours will be different. They are stubborn. They are difficult (impossible to train) and they're not whet could be discribed as friendly

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 18:48:56

I have heard about their backs. A friend had one for many years and it went up and down the stairs fine? Is it dog dependant or all of them?

PuraVida Tue 24-Jan-17 18:56:29

Oh and territorial. Very very territorial.

Mine jumps up and down and does stairs. No back problems but my sister's slipped a disc doing nothing very much, £1000's, weeks of rest and lasting weakness in her back end which is becoming more problematic as she gets older

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 18:59:06

Territorial with your home or its toys pura?

Noitsnotteatimeyet Tue 24-Jan-17 19:12:33

All the ones round here bark and bark - they're one of the few breeds (along with jack russells) that my dog is scared of hmm

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 19:14:41

not do you mean when you are out on walks on when you go past their houses?

PuraVida Tue 24-Jan-17 19:29:41

With the house and indeed any other place she deems hers I.e the canal towpath is hers so anyone else using it Must Die

She's not interested in toys. She was a bit when younger but not anymore. That's another thing, they're not the funnest dogs for kids. Past puppyhood they're not really playful often, they don't retrieve etc

I'm painting a bit of a grim picture. She's really really loving and I adore her but they're not straightforward lap dogs and I they seem to be a bit dog d'jour and I think people should be aware of their ways before falling for their lovely sausageyness

Hobbitch Tue 24-Jan-17 19:44:46

We had dachshunds at home throughout my childhood and teens. They are such funny dogs but definitely have a very strong personality. Ours always loved my mum unconditionally.

The one I had as a child was good-natured and great to play with. He was very stubborn and possessive but only towards strangers.

My parents had one when my eldest sister was born and the dog didn't take kindly to the baby's intrusion so I would only adopt one once you have all the children you're planning.

We also rescued one who had had a really tough life and he was the meekest and mildest dog I've ever met. He just wanted lots of cuddles.

I love these dogs and if my husband didn't have a dog phobia I'd adopt one tomorrow!

TrionicLettuce Tue 24-Jan-17 19:50:48

UFAW estimates that around 25% of dachshunds will develop IVDD to some degree. There is now an IVDD screening programme and personally (having dealt with very mild IVDD in an older, non-dachshund) I wouldn't entertain getting a puppy from a breeder who doesn't participate. There's lots of information about IVDD and the screening programme on this site.

You do need to remember that although these days they're bred almost exclusively as pets in the UK they are still hounds rather than a companion breed. They need plenty of (good) socialisation as puppies, aren't the most biddable of breeds and can be pretty noisy.

The mini smooths are also very popular with puppy farms and BYBs due to their popularity increasing so much in recent years. Over the last decade KC registrations of mini smooths have more than doubled which means there are a lot being produced by breeders giving very little thought to health and temperament.

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 20:14:05

Thanks trionic when you say a breeder 'participating' what do you mean? You wouldn't buy from a breeder who's dogs hadn't been radiographed? I'm not sure what else to get. They are my favourites. The dog will be, obviously a family pet but also be used as a therapy dog for my eldest. These came up on the list as did French bill dogs, poodles, bichon frise, pugs, King Charles and something else (I'm only wanting a small dog) so I also like king Charles but they also are susceptible to something (can't remember what read it on here) so surely there's a risk with every breed isn't there?

georgedawes Tue 24-Jan-17 20:26:37

I have to agree on the barkiness, second only to Jack russels having a pop at my dog on walks. Not a fan, sorry!!!

TrionicLettuce Tue 24-Jan-17 20:34:39

You wouldn't buy from a breeder who's dogs hadn't been radiographed?

Yes, I wouldn't get a puppy from a breeder who hadn't had their bitch x-rayed in accordance with the IVDD scheme and used a stud who had also been scored and whose results complimented those of the bitch.

Many breeds do have health issues (though certainly not all) but how "risky" it is depends on the nature of the condition and whether there's a reliable test available or not.

For example if there's a DNA test available for a particular condition then a breeder can (and obviously should) use that test to absolutely guarantee that no puppies they produce from that particular mating can possibly be affected by it.

For other conditions the best there is available is more about stacking the odds in your favour than absolute guarantees. Although the hip scoring scheme, for example, has been successful in reducing the average hip scores in various breeds however it is entirely possible to have two dogs with low hip scores produce a dog who develops dysplasia. The same is true of the IVDD scheme in dachshunds and also the heart and MRI schemes in the CKCS. They're very much better than nothing and breeders absolutely should be utilising them but they don't offer any absolute guarantees.

Some breeds are also affected by health conditions which are directly related to the shape they've been bred into. IVDD in dachshunds is one of these, as is brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome in flat or short faced breeds. Personally I think it's (at best) ethically dubious to be breeding dogs into forms that pre-dispose them to disabling, painful and even life-limiting conditions.

I find the UFAW pages about different breeds to be very useful sources of information when it comes to heritable health issues affecting various breeds. It's not quite exhaustive but it covers a lot of breeds and conditions.

Anothernamechanger1 Tue 24-Jan-17 20:38:45

Thank you for that information. It's such a worry!! I knew there would be risks with any breeds but I obviously don't want to add extra worries!

ChairRider4 Tue 24-Jan-17 20:46:58

My son has a long haire wired a dauschund cross with what coucld be Schnauzer (rescue dog so not sure on exact cross

He is good with rest of my kids and my lab has a deep bark is not yappy but other than my dog his dog interaction has to be managed as he not like in your face dogs and will growl but some could be due to pass

He is very much a people dog loves a lap or lying touching people
Was bit grumpy about my couch and my dog getting on never people .But he soon learnt that meant he have to get of so now they share
Don't be fooled that not active his dog loves and needs a couple of good walks a day

Make sure have good insurance as well

ChairRider4 Tue 24-Jan-17 20:51:44

My son has a long haire wired a dauschund cross with what coucld be Schnauzer (rescue dog so not sure on exact cross

He is good with rest of my kids and my lab has a deep bark is not yappy but other than my dog his dog interaction has to be managed as he not like in your face dogs and will growl but some could be due to pass

He is very much a people dog loves a lap or lying touching people
Was bit grumpy about my couch and my dog getting on never people .But he soon learnt that meant he have to get of so now they share
Don't be fooled that not active his dog loves and needs a couple of good walks a day

Make sure have good insurance as well

TheGiantSausage Tue 24-Jan-17 23:36:23

Basset hounds are like giant sausage dogs... And they're lovely grin ... if that's any help.

CrabbyJo Tue 24-Jan-17 23:48:44

Mine is great with my kids who are Secondary school age now, they were small boisterous kids when we got him. Very loving.
BUT house training was awful and he has had accidents in the house several times a week without fail for the last 8 years. For that reason alone I'd never get another. Next time I'll choose an easier to train breed, as I did all I could to train him. He's also greedy and jumps up at anyone that visits.

ScattyHattie Wed 25-Jan-17 03:28:05

Sadly see a few dachshund at hydrotherapy that have had spinal ops, one lady had 2 daxies both of which had spinal ops within months of each other (not sure if the dogs were related ). For some it can be a slow recovery with no guarantees that they'll be able to walk unaided again. Definitely invest in good level of insurance cover, even if tested for IVDD their shape does make them more prone to back problems so personally would try to avoid higher risk activities like jumping/stairs & keep lean so joints aren't under extra strain.

I do think there very cute possibly because there similar to sighthounds, but agree with TrionicLettuce about the ethics of breeding such dogs is hard to justify.

Wallywobbles Wed 25-Jan-17 03:29:56

My ex gmil's bit my kids on multiple occasions.

witwootoodleoo Wed 25-Jan-17 03:38:39

I really don't think they would be a good choice of therapy dog for a child confused

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