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Challenges of Owning a Dachshund

Dachshund belongs to the hound family. They are the smallest in this category. A fully-grown Dachshund reaches a maximum height of 9 inches. Their lifespan is around 12-15 years.

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If you are planning to get a Dachshund for your family, it’s better to do some research work. It would help you with a better understanding of this breed. You will get a mixed response from Dachshund owners. Some just loved the dog, whereas others just faced lots of issues. Handling this dog can be quite tricky. Learning about their basic needs, health regime, grooming needs, etc. would give you an idea of whether it is a suitable dog for you or not.

Below we have discussed some of the significant challenges faced by Dachshund dog.

1. Dachshund Mobility Problems

Mobility loss and paralysis are major problems among the dachshund breed.

Dachshunds have long, low-suspended backs and short legs. Because of their physical structure, they are quite prone to back-related issues (IVDD, slipped disc, herniated disc, etc.) as compared to other dog breeds. Spinal problems and back pain are common in dachshunds. With age, the dachshund’s spine further degenerates, and as a result, the dog might not be able to move or walk without the support of a dachshund wheelchair.

Dachshund mobility issues are only part of the health problems the dachshunds are prone to. Another most common health issues faced by this dog breed is bloating. In extreme cases, the stomach can even twist, which might result in cutting off the supply of blood to the stomach. Other common health issues faced by these dogs are skin issues, epilepsy, diabetes, and eye-related problems.

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2. Dachshund Temperaments

Dachshunds are known to be temperamental. Training them is not that easy.  You need to be consistent, as far as training is concerned. Also, different types of Dachshund have different temperaments. Smooth Dachshunds are quite confident, alert, and bold. Whereas the long-haired category of this breed is reserved and shy. Out of all the Dachshunds, one-wire-haired is the most active.

3. Dachshunds Love to Jump

Yes, they love jumping. The irony is they have fragile backs. Hence, jumping might harm their back. As an owner, you need to keep a close watch on them. Try teaching them not to jump on couches, beds, etc. Many Dachshund owners even install ramps in their houses to facilitate their dog’s movement.

Dachshund pet parents need to be aware of how they lift and hold their doxie. Always place a hand underneath the abdomen to support the spine. Never lift them unsupported, overtime this can aggravate spinal injuries and lead to mobility problems in the future.

4. Hard to House Train a Dachshie

For any dog owner, training their dog is very crucial. A trained dog is much easier to handle as compared to an untrained dog. As per experts, Dachshund’s stubborn nature hampers its training. Training this breed can be very challenging. Some Dachshund dog-owners even give up the idea of teaching their pups. So, if you are looking for an obedient and easy to train dog, Dachshund might not be the right dog for you. If you still want a Dachshund, you can hire a professional trainer for your dog.

5. Doxie Owners Need an Extra Dose of Patience

As discussed earlier, Dachshunds are stubborn and difficult to train. You have to be persistent and patient with your pup. You might have to spend days teaching them just one thing. Don’t expect immediate results.  Give yourself and your dog sometime.  If you don’t control your anger, you might not be able to train your Dachshund.

6. They are Manipulative Dogs

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Dachshunds are very smart, intelligent, and clever dogs. Your dog knows that you love him, and the best part is they even know how to use their cuteness. If you fail to train them, you never know you might end up fulfilling their every need.

If you have a Dachshund or planning to get one, be sure to stick to the rules laid by you,

7. Attention & Affection Required

These dogs love cuddling. They enjoy the love and affection of their owner. Weiner dogs love being around their family. They are in-house dog breeds. If you travel a lot and won’t be able to take your pet with you, then this is not the right pet for you.

Dachshunds are an extremely cute and adorable dog. However, their characteristics may or may not match your expectations. Truth is This breed is not for everyone. Dachshunds may not be suitable for people with babies or young children as well as for less active seniors. Especially if you are a senior citizen living in a pet friendly senior living facility, then you might need to rethink your decision because many doxies enjoy the sound of their voice and can be very loud barkers, which may not be a good combination for retirement communities where peaceful and quiet environment may be a way of life.

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