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Dachshunds - Are They the Right Dog for You?

Dachshunds - Are They the Right Dog for You?

Think a Dachshund is the perfect dog for you?    

If you want a small dog that is loyal, comical, entertaining, makes a keen watchdog, and needs only moderate exercise, then a Dachshund may be the perfect dog for you!

The Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits.

Dachshunds are especially prone to having back problems. This may be due to genetics, moving the wrong way, falling or jumping on and off furniture.  Dog stairs are recommended for Dachshunds to decrease strains on their back and legs.

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If you decide a Dachshund is the perfect pet for your family, check out these dog stairs perfect for Dachshunds so they can reach you on the couch or bed (they call them "low riders" for a reason)!

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 Dachshund 101 Infographic

Do you have a Dachshund?  Tell us about yours in the comments below!

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  • Nancy Stanley
    Nancy Stanley

    I am 71 years old .My current dachshund is a 9year old black red mix about 15 lbs. I have owned my dachshund since I was 3years old.They have been my constant companions, helped me raise 2 daughter’s and 4 grandsons. Sweet tempered, loyal ,friendly to all. They are the best companions in the world for me.This is probably my last dog,I would not trade any of my little friends for anything.

  • Kim

    I have had 7 Dachshunds and 4 have passed on but I have 3 left. Skittles is my pride and joy and she turned 15 this past December. She was the mother to 2 others I had. Annie and Copper were her babies and Annie was 11 when I lost her, Copper was 8 when I lost him. Betsy and Willie were the 1st ones I had. The last one is Cinnamon, she is so sweet and loving. They all were cuddle bugs and excellent watchdogs. They were my children once my children grew up. They are very social and do better in pairs. Over all I personally love my Doxies. I have h ad Boxers and a Mastiff, but none compare. I loved my others but Doxies will be my forever choice. I have have the great joy to babysit my son’s little guy Bo. He is a standard long haired Chocolate Doxie. My kids say I am obsessed with them.

  • Patty Sheridan
    Patty Sheridan

    I have two long haired dachshunds they said they were many but the little girl weighs 15 lb and the little boy weighs 17 and a half so that to me means they are tweenies. They are rescues and I adopted him from the Humane Society. They are brother and sister and are full blood doxies. They are amazing. I would have others again if something should happen to these however I pray that does not happen. They are amazing extremely smart and they were extremely easy to potty train I did not have any trouble whatsoever they sleep through the night unless of course they hear noises and you are right they are great Watch Dogs. They are such a blessing I am so in love with my puppies and so thankful for them.

  • DeAnn

    We have a daschund and he is the best dog— family member we ever had. He watches out for me when we are at home alone and is a comfort at all times.

  • Susan

    I love my doxie. His name is “Mr. Anderson Wiener Schnitzel”!

  • Danny Mercer
    Danny Mercer

    There’s no better pet!

  • Nancy Algee
    Nancy Algee

    I absolutely love my dachshunds beagle mix. She sleeps under the covers right beside me. She follows me everywhere I go unless she can see me. She “bathes me”. So she treats me like I am the same as her. She also let’s me know when my diabetes is high.she loves other dogs and cats. She is gentle with small children and loves everybody. Everyone wants her. Never want any other dog.

  • Linda O
    Linda O

    We have 3 mini dachshunds. They are hilarious when trying to get each other to play. The 3 of them all like to hunt and dig. Have never had a doxie with back problems. Our oldest one is 14 and still going strong. They are so affectionate and entertain us. They are very wary of strangers and are good watch dogs. We love these little dogs and having more than one, we don’t worry when we go out as they have each other for company. Love love love them

  • COletta STubbs
    COletta STubbs

    #1dachie,Deuce…smartest dog I’ve ever met.#3 dog..LittleBit sweetest dog I ever met #5 dog
    Wolfie …lovingest dog Iv ever had….All rescue dogs!!!!

  • Ana Morales
    Ana Morales

    My dear Lola turn 1 today 4 of July. She is with me since December. She is very sweet, playful and loyal. Was’t so bad training her to uses a diapers pad. I have to cat before her and she doing very good with them also she is very friendly. For me the best dog ever. Everbody love my Lola