Pros And Cons Dachshunds

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Pros And Cons Dachshunds

Pros and Cons Dachshunds - If you are considering owning a Dachshund as your family you must first be aware of the pros and cons of this breed.

The Dachshund is a member of the hound breed, and they were bred in Germany over a hundred years ago to hunt badgers.

Their long bodies, short legs, and big paws enable them to dig and burrow for prey.

They have a very fascinating personality as they have tremendous confidence and will not back away from anything despite their small size.

Pros and Cons Dachshunds

Pros and Cons Dachshunds

1. The dachshund is extremely loyal, and once they bond with you, they will follow you around the house.

2. They are cute, very affectionate, make great lap dogs, and will make you laugh with their funny antics and the way they run.

3. They are fairly clean, have little body odor, and only require minimal maintenance for grooming especially for short hair dachshunds. You only need to bathe them every few weeks, unless they dig in the yard.

4. They are perfect for a small house or condo with their small size. They don’t need a large yard for exercise but you need to exercise them with walks each day.

5. The dachshund breed comes in three sizes; standard, tweener, and miniature. And they come in 3 varieties… the long-haired, the short-haired, and the wire-haired.

6. They are intelligent, love to play with their toys, and like to play fetch.

7. The dachshund lives longer than most breeds with the average between 12-17 but some can live even up to 20 years. 

Pros and Cons Dachshunds  

Cons of owning a Dachshund

1. Since they like to bond they don’t like being left alone for a long time. So if you go to work each day it is best if you get 2 dachshunds so they can keep each other company.

Or make sure another family member will be home most of the day.

2. The Dachshund is notorious for barking and will bark at other dogs, strangers, cars, or anyone coming to the door. They are stubborn and difficult to train, so you need to have patience to train them to stop the excessive barking.

3. They love to eat not only their food but will want yours as well. They are gluttons and it is important to not let them get overweight as they can have back issues with their long bodies.

4. You must not let them jump up and down on the couch or beds, or let them go up and down stairs as they can injure their backs. It is recommended to purchase a dog ramp to train them to go up and down to prevent back injuries.

5. Their intelligence is high as well, which means they'll get into whatever is available to them at their level.

6. Since they were bred as hunters you need to keep an eye on them if you have a fenced yard and let them out to run and play. If you don’t they might start digging a hole in your yard.

7. Even though a dachshund is an affectionate dog, young children should not be left alone. If your small child gets loud and annoying with your dachshund they might feel threatened or scared and might nip.

Now that you know the Pros and Cons of Dachshunds, you can decide if the dachshund is the right choice for you and your family.

The dachshund is a loving dog and as long as you are aware of training and care, they will be a great addition to you and your family. 

If you manage their care effectively, then you will find that having this dachshund companion around can be a very rewarding experience.

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