In German Dachshund means Badger Dog. Dachshunds are low to the ground with long bodies so that they can easily maneuver though brush and also go to ground to pull out a badger or other vermin. These are true hunting dogs in spirit. Do not let there size fool you. Dachshunds whether miniature or standard size are working dogs. There are many activities that these guys can excel at. They are great for earthdog, field trials, tracking, conformation,agility,rally,therapy dogs, service dogs, obedience. Don't be fooled Dachshunds are stubborn. They will challenge you and make you think. Dachshunds are NOT for the faint of heart. You need to constantly be one step ahead of them, But once you have a dachshund you will never be with out one. They are great with kids and other animals IF you introduce and supervise them properly. All dachshunds have a knack for getting themselves into all kinds of trouble but that is what has endeared them to my heart.
There are many things to consider when buying a dachshund puppy. I would like to go over some of the most important things to know before you make that decision.
1) Finding a reputable Dachshund Breeder. Contacting registries like the American Kennel Club to see if the breeder is considered in good standing. This applies to most dog registries.
2) Ask if you are ready for a puppy? There are many expenses involved with a puppy as well as the time commitment to help them develop into being an ideal family fur-kid.
3) Develop a comprehensive list of questions to ask the breeder. Example: How long have you been breeding dachshunds? Why did you get into breeding doxies? Do you have referrals from individuals who have purchased your puppies, especially ones in your area?
4) Research quality dachshund foods to ensure you puppy has a fully balanced nutritional diet. A good resource for dachshund adult and puppy food is dachshundpuppyusa.com.
5) Locate a good veterinarian. Visit the doctor and staff in person to see if you feel they are caring and compassionate. Friends and neighbors can be a great referral source.
6) Consider if a puppy or an older dog from a rescue would make a better fit for your family. There are countless dachshund rescues that have many wonderful dogs looking for a good home.
7) Make sure that you have found a local dog trainer who can help you in training your dachshund puppy. We have found PetSmart has good facilities and trainers. You should always check out how a trainer works before signing up for a class to make sure you are comfortable with their methods.
8) When budgeting for a puppy remember - destroyed flip flops, a trip to the vet because they ate something they shouldn't have, toys, treats, beds, boarding or sitters.
9) Take time to know health issues that dachshund breed might face so you can ask breeders appropriate questions.
10) Before buying a puppy from a breeder, use resources like social media, research on Google, and dogbreederreport.com to see if anything that might show a red flag.
Also, take your time and respect the breeders who care. Do whatever you can to be an advocate for the beloved dachshund.
I hope the above tips have given you some insight on what it takes to get off to a good start with your dachshund puppy. The main two things to remember when you get a doxie is consistence in training and lots of hugs and kisses. The dachshund breed is a truly amazing dog. They are a small breed who clearly does not know they are small. They have to run the show. The breed is ultra bright, driven, and they love to be snuggle bugs. If you have been looking for a breed that is full of life, unique in individual character, and a snuggler, doxies are an out-standing match.
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