Any long hair dachshund owners?

(25 Posts)
Inbedbynine Wed 03-Apr-19 09:07:58

I just wondered what they are like for moulting please?


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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Wed 03-Apr-19 10:10:21

If you don't find anyone on here, there are quite a few active Facebook groups for dachshund owners, such as London Lowriders

CMOTDibbler Wed 03-Apr-19 11:08:05

My colleague has blonde mini long hairs. She is permanently covered in blonde hair....

chileansauvignonblanc Wed 03-Apr-19 11:17:39

I have two long haired dachshunds, I don't find the hair sticks to clothes or sofa etc but they do shed a lot on the carpet and they do require a lot of brushing. Preferable to some short haired dogs where the hair sticks in your clothes IMO.

Inbedbynine Wed 03-Apr-19 16:12:04

Thanks for replying. I’v found a breeder who I like and I’m on her list but they are long hair and I adore them but worried about shedding..... can anyone compare them to short hair? So long hair sit on your lap and you’re covered, hair floating around the room type thing (thinking of my nans long hair dog she had when I was a kid!) or is it not that bad?

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shortlegoneachcorner Wed 03-Apr-19 16:36:47

Hi op!

Here are my two ... smile.

I haven't found them bad at all wrt shedding. They shed slightly but certainly not to the extent that you are covered if they sit on your lap, and certainly no hair floating about in the air! There is hair on the blanket on the seat of the car where they sit for example (because I don't shake it out enough) but all in all I would say they are pretty low maintenance.

Would definitely, definitely recommend. The lh variety tend to be a bit gentler temperamentally than the smooth haired imho (although othres may disagree). They are fantastic, loyal and loving dogs and "proper" dogs ifyswim, not lapdogs, their legs are just a bit shorter that is all!

Very excited to find out if you go ahead should the dogs become available for you! Good luck!

shortlegoneachcorner Wed 03-Apr-19 16:38:22

Having said all of that, we don't have carpets so I can't advise from that pov!


Inbedbynine Wed 03-Apr-19 16:42:32

Thanks, they are beautiful!! Hopefully we will bring pup home in summer fingers crossed! I would happily have a short hair but cake across this breeder who I get on with, agree with her ethics etc and have done a lot of research. She also says she thinks the long hair have best temperament but I guess that’s down to their personality. Any tips before I take the plunge? I will be crate training .....

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shortlegoneachcorner Wed 03-Apr-19 16:42:33

Also, our oldest dog (male) doesn't really require that much brushing. In the summer he does pick up grass seeds etc in his fur but his fur doesn't knot. The younger dog (female) does get knots in her ears if you leave them unbrushed for too long, so I try and brush them every other day. They both love being groomed! smile I know some of the other varieties (blonde?) have longer more demanding coats though!

BorderlineExperimental Wed 03-Apr-19 16:50:19

You can't beat the FB group Dog Training Advice and Support for puppy training, or any type of training for the matter. In the 'Files' section there's a collection of articles and guides for new puppy owners which covers all the basics you need to know.

I'd also recommend having a good read through the Dachshund IVDD site, created and run by the breed council. Loads of great information covering the condition itself, the screening scheme, lifestyle advice and insurance considerations.

shortlegoneachcorner Wed 03-Apr-19 17:09:43

Both of ours are adoptees who had had pretty awful puppyhoods I'm afraid, so can't advise on early training. I have heard that daschunds in general can be quite difficult to toilet train but both of ours fortunately came with steel bladders! smile

I would say, just from my own experience, that they can be quite nervous and reactive (although obviously my own two had their own particular reasons to be this way) but I would overall recommend a very calm, steady approach. Mine respond very well to a set routine of walks, training, play and rest.

I found the advice on this website (and the books that go with them - scroll down) very helpful here.

Our youngest (not yet two) was VERY vocal when she first arrived as she had been picked up and carried around in a carrier and then neglected, so she tried to communicate vocally like a human, but I gather barking can be a problem with the breed.

Our youngest is also very bright and very chewy if not kept occupied, and also fearful of other dogs when out walking, so would definitely recommend puppy classes and lots of socialisation (as with any other breed).

Also - please note - they may have short legs but daschunds love to walk (ours could go all day) and they love to explore and dig. So do be prepared for lots of walking and for holes in your garden! I don't have the heart to stop them digging as its a very natural behaviour and they love it!

You probably already know about the dangers of ivdd here but it is important to protect them from too much walking up and down stairs and jumping up and down on to sofas etc (ours do the latter but we are making a ramp for them). Also, don't let them get overweight and make sure they have plenty of exercise so their muscles support the back ifyswim. Best get a decent pet insurance plan in place too (if such a thing actually exists!)

Finally, I have found perfect fit harnesses to be really excellent because they come in three different pieces and each piece comes in a range of sizes ifyswim, so you can get the perfect arrangement for your individual dog. The website takes some studying but once you work it out, its fairly straightforward! See what your puppy trainer recommends but the harnesses do allow our dogs to get quite a bit of traction to pull us along so a lead from a collar might be better initially, until you have yours trained not to pull! Not sure!

Be prepared for a "mad half hour" before bed when they go a bit loopy and dash about and roll around grin

Having said all of the above, it's difficult to generalise because although our two are the same breed, but they have completely different personalities. One is not the brightest (sorry) is quite "reticient" in his personality and fearful/nervous and disdains balls and not that interested in food. The other is very full of herself, loves retrieving, and would eat anything in reach if we let her! grin Both of them however are very affectionate, love snuggling up with me (or anyone who is around) and with each other and really give back lots of love and loyalty.

Best of luck op and don't hesitate to pm me or post again on here if you need any more info! I can guarantee you won't regret your decision if you go ahead!

shortlegoneachcorner Wed 03-Apr-19 17:17:52

Meant to add that our youngest is as sharp as they come, with huge energy and the best nose I have ever come across in a dog. So if you happen upon a relation of hers, be prepared to have your hands full! grin

Inbedbynine Wed 03-Apr-19 20:05:20

Thanks grin

I have insurers lined up. Aware of Ivdd etc. Iv grown up with dogs but this is my first so I’m a bit nervous about being repsonsable for bringing a puppy up! I’m worried about buying and chewing...: and the toilet training! Breeder said she’s always there for advice which is great. Been waiting years for my own dachshund and I literally can’t wait!

Iv recently joined that training page on FB through someone else on here recommending and Iv already started reading some of the files/

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Shortlegoneachcorner Thu 04-Apr-19 10:48:19

Sounds as though you have all bases covered and your breeder sounds excellent so I'm sure it will go well Inbedbynine. Good luck and please post a pic when the time comes!

Inbedbynine Thu 04-Apr-19 14:13:14

Thanks. What if I don’t cope?? Was reading a thread where the op has the ‘puppy blues’ and she sounded so sad!

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Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 07:02:00

How's it going op? Imho it's a good sign you are worried by the responsibility because taking on a dog is serious stuff! And people do say that puppies can be as demanding as babies. Hope it's all going well anyway!

Inbedbynine Tue 09-Apr-19 07:18:35

Thanks for the message! Yeah ok.. our pup isn’t even born yet, hopefully will be next month born well and healthy. I am worried yes, I just want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes and bring up a nice well rounded dog! With kids you speak their language ... and their humans!! With dogs..... I’m hoping I make a good job of it grin

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Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 07:46:15

You'll be great 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

Inbedbynine Tue 09-Apr-19 08:24:16

I have found someone local who does puppy classes although I’m not sure if they will be at the right time for our pup but the lady does 1:1 sessions so I may do that if I can’t get into class. Obviously doesn’t help with socialisation so I will have to figure that out nearer the time. The breeder has given me a list of things I will need or may like to have...... I will be crate training..... I work very part time and have lined up someone to come and sit with pup whilst they are young when I’m at work so it won’t be home alone for very long, hoping to use the same person on the odd occasion we go out for the day and can’t take it with us. Have looked at insurance and have some quotes saved.... anything else I need??

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Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 08:51:52

I'm no expert on puppies Inbedbynine but that all sounds brilliant to me! The breeder will be able to offer advice in the early days and once you get to puppy classes, contacts there will be able to offer loads of advice too! That's the thing about dogs, they expand your social circle and loads of people are always willing to help and advise. Yes, the night wakings will be up to you, but once you are out there walking, you are never really alone! I've received great recommendations for vets, groomers, surgeons, pet sitters while out and out about! Good luck with it all!

Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 08:55:50

The only other thing I would recommend perhaps is buying a good puppy training book so you tackle the right bits of training at the right time. There's only a small window of time to get a lot of familiarisation and socialisation experiences under your belt I think and certain times when a puppy is more fearful. But you probably know more about that then me!

Inbedbynine Tue 09-Apr-19 09:33:47

I have read a lot about timings on the Facebook group, it was recommended on here about training. That’s been fab.

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Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 09:40:50

Yes, I think I need to look at the advice on that Facebook site! Going back to basics with our youngest rescue as she's a real live wire! smile

Inbedbynine Tue 09-Apr-19 09:54:18

I’m quite a strict parent (compared to others) so I’d like to think this will help me, although seeing those puppy dog eyes.... may be another story grin

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Shortlegoneachcorner Tue 09-Apr-19 10:07:29

grin grin

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