Want a sausage dog

(22 Posts)
AlwaysSunshine81 Sat 24-Nov-18 17:54:39

I have found one I want to see tomorrow. I already have a cocker spanie who is 8. I have a 16yr old daughter who is self harming and has depression and I’m wondering if this will help her. I am a single mum to 3 children and could do with some extra company but I don’t know if it would be the wrong thing to do and extra stress I don’t need. CAN anyone help?

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Mamabear12 Sat 24-Nov-18 17:57:32

A sausage dog is great, but they are delicate with their long backs. Make sure your children are old enough to understand how to hold the dog correctly so the back is supported. They can also be more grumpy then other dogs. I had one growing up and my mother got a second one after we left for Uni. I didn't get one again, as we have young kids.

TheHodgeoftheHedge Sat 24-Nov-18 18:03:53

This is helpful guidance on the breed.

But I strongly recommend spending money on the best lifetime cover health insurance you can. Those long backs can go seriously wrong.

However, considering the other pressures you have, please do not forget/underestimate just how difficult and stressful a puppy can be.

99RedBalloonsFloating Sat 24-Nov-18 18:12:04

Are they prone to yappiness? I don't have any personal experience.

BiteyShark Sat 24-Nov-18 18:15:45

Are you sure a new puppy will help your daughter? The can be very stressful, bitey demanding things for quite some time.

missbattenburg Sat 24-Nov-18 18:23:04

OP, I am unclear how this dog will help you or your daughter in ways your existing dog does not?

TheHodgeoftheHedge Sat 24-Nov-18 18:24:50

Ps where did you find the breeder? Are they kennel club assured? If not, walk away RIGHT NOW.
Both parents should also be health tested under these guidelines.


AlwaysSunshine81 Sat 24-Nov-18 18:37:38

Hi everyone thanks for your advice. I found the breeder on pets4homes however I have just checked and they are not KC registered.
It may not help her and yes your right about our current dog but I guess I would also like a second dog but the stresses of a puppy might not be right for us at this moment

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Wolfiefan Sat 24-Nov-18 18:42:13

Don’t touch it with a barge pole. Never buy a dog from a website. There are no good reasons not to KC reg. they’re dodgy as hell.
The breed is a Dachshund. Not a sausage dog. If you want one then do your research and find a breeder through the breed club or society. Choose carefully.
But be aware they are not an easy breed and most decent breeders wouldn’t home a tiny pup to a home with young kids.
I’m unsure how you think another dog will help your child.

Pfingstrose Sat 24-Nov-18 18:42:22

I adore the breed and have one myself, but they are not the easiest! Notorious for suffering from terrible separation anxiety, noisy barkers, hard to housetrain etc.

There are a few dachshund FB groups- well worth joining and reading if you want to go into it with your eyes wide open.

Really important to buy a health tested puppy from a respected and responsible breeder. Most have waiting lists and are not cheap but buying a carefully bred dachshund will potentially save you a lot more money (not to mention heartbreak) in the long run.

TheHodgeoftheHedge Sat 24-Nov-18 18:43:53

Run run run run run

No responsible breeder will be advertising there. Do NOT get a puppy from them.

Perhaps talk to breed rescue? A slightly older dog might be a good fit?

AlwaysSunshine81 Sat 24-Nov-18 18:48:41

Ok thank you. I thought that was a genuine place to get a dog? I got my cocker from there and he’s KC registered.

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Wolfiefan Sat 24-Nov-18 18:52:04

No it really really isn’t.
If you want a certain breed you need to research the breed and then contact the breed club.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Sat 24-Nov-18 18:54:55

The risk you run, buying from websites like that is getting a puppy from a puppy farm - the mum will have litter after litter until her body wears out, in appalling conditions, and the puppies may well have long term health problems due to mum having too many litters, and due to the poor standard of care that mum and the puppies are given.

You could end up with a very sick puppy who costs you £££ in vet fees and still may not live - which would seriouslynulset you and your children, especially your depressed dd.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 24-Nov-18 19:11:42

* . I found the breeder on pets4homes however I have just checked and they are not KC registered.*

No! Dachshunds are 'popular' at the moment ... a lot of the supply for the increased demand MUST be coming from puppy farms and dodgy foreign imports.sadangry

We have a 12 year old standard dachshund, we adore the breed - so obviously we talk to other people with dachshunds when we're out, and quite a lot don't look like they're the real deal - clearly not from proper breeders. So who knows what health issues they may have. You could be landing yourself with a world of grief and vets bills.

Even if you had found one from a reputable breeder, I'd still be saying no. Some dachshunds get on with other dogs, some don't. A puppy of any sort sounds like it would add to stress. Dachshunds aren't 'yappy' - they bark, best value bark per pound of dog going. And I honestly can't see how having a new dog taking your attention is going to help your DD at all. Dachshunds are a breed liable to fixate on one member of the family - mine pines for me if I'm out.

I'm glad you posted and asked here, hopefully you'll take the advice on board. I hope you find some other ways to help your DD.thanks

And at the point your current dog dies - hopefully not any time soon! - if you still want a dachshund, do your research, take the time to find a proper breeder (when our last one died we'd have had to wait at least six months for a puppy from a breeder we trusted, we were very lucky to find a 10 month old sooner)

AlwaysSunshine81 Sat 24-Nov-18 20:26:58

THank you all. I don’t think it would be the best thing for me and my children at the moment x

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ErrolTheDragon Sat 24-Nov-18 22:54:22

Good decision. Best of luck to you and your family.thanks

han01uk Sat 24-Nov-18 23:06:54

Please don't...we got a dachshund a little over a year ago to go with our 11 year old cocker spaniel and while they get on well,he is an absolute nightmare. So stubborn to train,won't recall,is dominant over everyone he meets,won't toilet train,and has problems with his skin. I really wish I had done more research because I really struggle with him. I won't give up on a dog,he is part of the family now,but a very naughty one at that. Please don't get any other dog unless you are truly vested in what they need and will accommodate all their problems along the way,as they may be completely different to the dog you already have!

BiteyShark Sun 25-Nov-18 06:08:09

I know you have discounted the dachshund now but I am intrigued on why you picked that breed to go with your cocker. I just can't imagine one matching my cocker although we do have an age difference as mine is 2 years old.

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 25-Nov-18 07:53:05

I have to agree that you've made the right decision, and with what others have said here.

I've got a Dachshund x Jack Russell, and while he takes more after the JRT side of the family, there are certainly things on here that I recognise and which would make him a pain in a family home.
The barking makes him sound 3x larger than he really is. Even the postie has commented.
He really doesn't bond to new people easily, even those he sees regularly - he has two people he genuinely loves and those are the two people that walk him. Old flatmate - treated like a burglar on a daily basis for 7 months. It emerged after he'd moved in that he'd been hoping DDog would be a quasi therapy dog and would give him cuddles and help his MH issues - nothing of the sort happened. DGM who is always feeding him meat under the table - treated like a vending machine on his very regular visits (though after a year he's been taught to jump on her lap without being told, that's for her benefit not the dog's and it's training not genuine affection!). If mine is anything to go by a new dachshund might not bond to every member of the family.

Dachshunds have a lot of potential health problems - IVDD is a big one as it can lead to paralysis and either a wheelchair or PTS at a tragically young age. As a popular breed, dachshunds are particularly vulnerable to smuggling www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/puppy-smuggling-october-16th-press-release and puppy farms.

Rarfy Sun 25-Nov-18 08:00:25

I was coming on to say really really research dachshunds before comitting. They are extremely strong willed. We have one we got from being a puppy, he is three now. I love him to pieces but he knows his own mind is very very hard to train and he marks his own bed. Everyone we know with dachsunds have trouble with marking.

They are very yappy as well. Also get tonnes of attention when out and about which i struggle to deal with and i wouldnt really say i am an introvert. Children go to stroke them with no warning all the time as well so you have to be on alert everytime you want to go anywhere in public with them.

Wolfiefan Sun 25-Nov-18 09:14:20

We have been to dog training with a few. They are harder work than my wolfhound. shock

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