Do Dachshunds Make Good Family Pets?

July 10, 2018

Do Dachshunds Make Good Family Pets?

Are you considering a Dachshund for a pet? And why not, the dog is the 16th most popular purebred in the United States. Recent AKC

statistics showed the Dachshund as having the fourth highest number of newly registered dogs.

So they are popular, but does that mean they make good family pets? Since every family is different, a better approach to that question would probably be going over a list of things every Dachshund owner (or a would-be Dachshund owner) must know.

 Bear in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behaviour are also shaped by raising and training.

Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers and other burrowing animals

Categorised as scent hounds, Dachshunds were bred to cover ground, sniffing out badgers and other small game.

You can help a Dachshund feel like they are “hunting” for food and treats by joining a nosework class or buying a snuffle mat.

Dachshunds are extremely loyal

Dachshunds are very loyal to their family. They love to snuggle with you on the couch, sleep with you in bed, and follow you around the house. They will be protective of their family members and sometimes one particular member of the family.

Socialization is very important so they don’t become super protective and lash out at strange dogs or people.

They have a potential for excessive barking

Some Dachshund may bark more than others but they are generally dogs that bark. You’ll have to work to train them to stop barking and keep it under control in most cases.

Dachshunds are smart and stubborn

For several years, Dachshunds were bred to scent, chase and flush out animals that live in burrows so they were bred to not back down, or give up, and to think for themselves. They will keep at any problem in front of them until they solve it. Unfortunately, they also use their superpowers to figure out things you don’t want them to.

You do need to show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. In other words, you must teach your Dachshund to respect you.

Dachshunds usually live a long life

Dachshunds have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. Most live easily over a decade, so be prepared to be in it for the long haul.

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cindy
cindy
November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted but some of them are not teddy bear puppies

Gerardo
Gerardo
March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

Julie
Julie
May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Serious,
Connie RN,

Shamika
Shamika
December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

Dolores
Dolores
January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one