The Benefits and Cautions of Having a Dachshund

When you see a dachshund you can’t help but smile. Maybe even giggle a little. They are so cute with their short legs and long, hot dog shaped body. Their soulful eyes will draw you in and you will be captivated by their willful spirit and quirky personality.

They originated from Europe with the German version becoming the favorite. Dachshunds are among the top ten most popular breeds ranking at number seven in 2007. Dachshund means badger dog because they were bred to hunt badgers. Two other names they are referred to as are Teckel and Dackel.

If you want a dog who will be your best friend forever, the dachshund will fulfill that need. They are loyal and very devoted to their family. The breed is not crazy about being left alone though, and may cry or howl when you leave. They also are strong-willed. While being wonderful companions, they also prove to be excellent watchdogs.

Dachshunds can be quite boisterous with their barking. People who become easily agitated may not do well with this breed. They will bark with anyone unfamiliar and can cause a ruckus every time the doorbell rings. Many also enjoy chasing animals such as bunnies, squirrels and birds. They are also known for digging.

The breed has three different varieties of coats, long, wire-haired and smooth. The smooth is the obvious choice for the easiest maintenance, but the other two are fairly easy to take care of as well. As with most breed of dogs their ears should be kept clean to avoid mites, fungus and bacteria.

One cautionary thing to consider is they are susceptible to intervertebral disk disease, otherwise known as IVDD. Their long spines and short rib cage make them prone to spinal injuries. This can result in paralysis, partial or full. Many can recover from a ruptured disk, but can be prone to several occurrences. There is no cure and much data supports the reason as a genetic issue. It is advised to keep their weight down, exercise daily and avoid jumping on and off furniture. With all that said, should your dachshund be diagnosed with IVDD it is important to know they can still lead a life of quality. Advances in medications, physical therapy and the use of dog carts have helped many dachshunds live full lives.

The nice thing about small breeds is they are easily transportable. Many can run errands with you, as well as travel. They enjoy being with you, so anywhere you go, they are happy to tag along.

Dachshunds can do well with other pets, but can also be quite jealous. If they have come into the home as a pup with other animals present it may be easier than bringing in an animal once a dachshund has already lived in your home for some time. They tend to like getting most, if not all, the attention of their family.

Now it is up to you to decide if this popular breed will fit into your family and lifestyle. It is perfectly fine to take your time in making this decision, as well as do other research. The best thing you can do for you, your family and a new dog is to make sure it is the best fit for all involved.