Are you a Dachshund person?

Find out if this friendly breed is for you.

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If you have a well-manicured lawn or landscaped garden surrounding your home, take heed. The Dachshund is a great digger and also a clever escape artist, so you will need to spend plenty of time outdoors, checking every little nook and cranny. In Germany, Dachshunds are measured by the circumference of their chests, indicating how small a hole they can fit through. Keep that in mind when your Dachshund is burrowing his way under your chain-link fence! I hope you will also have the good sense to put up close the gate signs, because your Dachshund will be off in a flash if a visitor is unthoughtful enough to leave your gate open.

As a caring owner, you will always take into consideration that your Dachshund is quite differently shaped than the majority of other breeds. You will therefore not allow him to jump from high places or to climb stairs, so as to avoid the danger of back injury. When you pick him up, you will always remember to support his back.

Should there be children in your home, you must be a sensible parent, who will teach them to respect your diminutive Dachshund. No dog is a plaything. He will enjoy games with all of you, but you must all use common sense and care.

Just as your children look to you for guidance, so will your Dachshund look to you for security. If you are devoted to your Dachshund, that is something else you will have in common, because if you treat him kindly and look after him well, he will almost certainly be absolutely devoted to you.

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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Dachshund © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Janet   Ringgold, GA

3/1/2012 9:39:45 PM

I have a 15 yr. old dachshund. He has never been a barker, has never been a digger, nor did he ever tear up things. Six he was six weeks old, he went to work with me everyday (I owned a nightclub, he stayed in the office) and was around many people all day long. He thinks everyone (man, woman, child, etc.) is his best friend. He went deaf about 3 years ago and has congestive heart disease, but still takes 5-7 walks a day (we live in an apt.). Best dog I've ever had. I have no children and he is my child. I don't know what I will do when he goes, most likely go with him.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/6/2010 4:14:51 AM

neighbors had a dashshund. It was realy cute.

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Jenny   Huntington, IN

2/5/2010 6:05:52 PM

I think it is a very good article. It is filled with information that every one who is owned by a Dachshund or want to be owned by one should and needs to know. Thank you,

Jenny Sprowl and my
Norma Jean

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Marje   North Pole, AK

12/28/2009 10:17:10 AM

I have had Dachshunds most of my life. I now have five. I breed them. I have a wire hair, silky, short soft, semi short, and long hair. They are so fun, so smart, lovable and devoted to their owners. The thing with the house and the car and yourself, doxies are protective and it's not something you can break. I live alone and they are the best gaurd dogs I have ever had. They are the best escape artists around. There is not a kennel to keep them contained while they are going from babies to 8 wk. puppies. Love em to death.

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