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Your guide to Dachshunds
How much should I expect to pay for a Dachshund?
For an ANKC registered Dachshund puppy, buyers should expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000. Of course, it is important to consider that over the lifetime of your pup an owner will need to typically spend on food, bedding, toys, equipment, veterinary expenses, training, pet insurance (optional) and more.
Temperament of the Dachshund
The Dachshund breed is very intelligent and courageous. They are a determined breed and can sometimes be described as stubborn due to their breeding origins and instincts of being hunting dogs. Dachshunds can be wary, and have a way of discerning between who they like and dislike. They are loyal and faithful to their family, and want to be with their people at all times due to their social nature. Once trained, they make for excellent guard dogs despite their size, alerting the family to any concerns, as well as being a great house dog.
What are the exercise requirements of a Dachshund?
Despite their small stature, Dachshunds require daily exercise like all other dogs. They need exercise to not only stay fit and mentally stimulated but also to build strong muscles to support and protect their backs. Two walks every day of a moderate length should suffice. Due to their delicate backs, discourage your Dachshund from running up and down stairs or from leaping to and from furniture.
How should I train my Dachshund?
Dachshunds are incredibly intelligent however, it is well documented that they can be very stubborn. They require an owner who is equally determined and strong willed in order to train a Dachshund. The owner of a Dachshund should make it known from an early age that they are the pack leader. Once this expectation has been set, you should find yourself with an obedient Dachshund. Make sure to reward correct behaviour and correct undesired behaviour consistently and fairly. They have a strong hunting drive due to their breeding origins and are able to stay focused and follow a trail without distraction. Engage with early socialisation by placing them in a number of varying situations from an early age, including interacting with other humans and dogs.
What are the health concerns of a Dachshund?
The breed generally suffers few health problems providing they are kept well exercised and fed a healthy, balanced diet. DNA testing for cord1 PRA (PRA is a general term for a group of diseases causing degeneration of the retina, leading to a loss of vision) has helped ensure there are very few cases of blindness from this genetic mutation. This disease is recessive, meaning that a pup must inherit the gene from both parents to exhibit any symptoms. However, potential breeding partners should be tested prior to mating to ensure they do not have the gene. As a dwarf breed, and their exaggerated length and lack of height they have an increased risk of back problems (IVDD). Some breeders also test for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL) which is a neurological disease that affects young pups in the early years of their life.
What is a suitable home for a Dachshund?
Dachshunds are suitable homes for owners that are willing to put in the time and effort to train and establish clear and consistent ground rules from the beginning. Dachshunds need to know who is at the top of their pack, and that should be the owner. Owners need to be patient throughout training due to the Dachshunds' stubborn nature. Dachshunds can be good for families with children given that the pup is socialised to be well acquainted with children from the beginning, and that the children know how to carefully interact with a pup in order to protect their backs and other joints. As always, complete supervision is required when children are with any dogs. Dachshunds will benefit from a loving home that is willing to give them a lot of attention and affection.