Whilst they are a wonderful breed to own they do come with challenges which every newcomer to the breed should take into mind before buying that ‘cute’ puppy.
There is a high chance that a dachshund can suffer from IVDD/paralysis during their lifetime. With one in four dachshunds going down in the back and surgery costing upwards of $8000 it is a consideration that you need to research and decide if your lifestyle and home makes a dachshund the right breed for you.
For more information on this, see the IVDD section below.
Dachshunds may be low dogs but they can reach high decibels! Sometimes it can seem as though they are barking just to make sure they still can. Boredom, loneliness, people walking past the gate, trying to get your attention, alerting you to a stranger coming to the house.
They are a hound dog. They follow their nose, they hunt, they can go after chooks and guinea pigs and if they catch them can kill them.
Yes they do love to cuddle up on the couch with you and love sunbathing, but they require daily exercise to prevent them getting bored and becoming destructive.They suffer separation anxiety.
Wherever you are a dachshund wants to be with you, pick up the car keys and they’re the first ones in the car believing it is their right to be with you at all times.
They can be very selective about which other dogs they like and dislike although they generally love their own breed.
They can be hard to housetrain and some dachshunds just don’t do rain and wet paws.
It is recommended that puppies stay with their mother and litter mates until around 11 weeks old. At this stage Mum has started to pull away from her puppies and they are finding their independence.
Make sure you see both parents in a home environment so that you can see the puppy interacting with its siblings and parents. Are you buying from a registered breeder, a puppy farm or a backyard breeder? See the link below for the difference.
Has the puppy had the appropriate health testings, i.e. Lafora or PRA. Do you know the health/breeding background of the parents.
If the dachshund is being advertised as a ‘rare’ colour and is double the price of dachshund puppies, then it usually means you are being ripped off and the dachshund comes with a lot of health issues.
Here is a link to coats and colours on the Dachshund Breed council website.
Blue Dachshunds are not registered or recognised is this country. Generally speaking if a dachshund is being advertised as rare and you can visibly see it is blue/grey in colour it has probably come from a puppy farmer who is trying to make money out of the public.
Whilst the blues can look pretty, bear in mind that not only are you doing a diservice to bettering the breed, but at a later stage in their development they are likely to have skin issues, reactions to food and sunlight and can end up with boils on the body.
Double dapples have all sorts of problems including being blind and deaf. There are increasing numbers of double dapples being bred by people who have no idea of genetics. This is an excellent page with information and help on double dapples.
A registered breeder will breed for the betterment of the breed striving to produce dachshunds that meet the breed standard. They are members of an organized governing body that supervises their activities with strict rules and regulations. They study pedigrees, genetics and soundness of the breed keeping accounts of the history and pedigree of their dogs so that defects can be readily traced and eliminated from the gene pool. They will regularly attend dog shows and subject their dogs to the scrutiny of experienced judges. Registered breeders have waiting lists for their puppies and will rarely sell over the internet and never to pet shops, they are also very happy for you to visit them, view the parents and freely offer advice on housetraining, socialisation and behaviour and chat in depth about the breed. Their reputation sells their puppies for them and they are the custodians of the breed. Their puppies will be microchipped, regularly wormed and up to date with their vaccinations. However as in all associations there are good and bad, the same way there are good vet and bad vets. We recommend you do your research. Contact the dachshund club in your State and discuss with them any questions and a list of registered breeders. For a full list of registered breeders around Australia www.dogzonline.com.au
This is an intensive breeding establishment that generally completely fails to meet any social, behavioural or veterinary needs of their dogs. They are quite often kept in cages and the bitches are continually bred with and absolutely no regard to their health or welfare. Puppies are sold over the internet and via the internet and they invariably have great looking websites.
This falls into two categories – the owner of a pet dachshund who has not had their dog desexed and “accidentally” finds their dachshund pregnant, or who actively seeks another dachshund to mate with their dachshund. The problem with this type of mating as it is rare for them to know what they’re doing with regard to testing for genetic problems common in the breed and nor are the dachshunds mated, necessarily a good example of the breed. They think they own a purebred dachshund so their pups will be purebred. but as a result of not researching the genetics or pedigree, they are unaware of any culprits hiding in the gene pool. It will be something of a gamble as to how the pups will turn out. Although it could be argued that back in the day everyone was having litters at home; but at what risk? Now that so much more has been done with genetics and testing for PRA cord 1 blindness, there is no excuse for not keeping up with research.
The other backyard breeder is one who breeds for profit and you will regularly find their adverts on Gumtree or the Trading Post. Their dogs do not necessarily receive good care, either veterinary or welfare. They are unlikely to have any track record of show or breeding success and quite likely have no knowledge about the breed standard.
Buyer Beware. There are many stories about puppies on internet sites and we are regularly contacted by members of the public about their own story with regards to buying a puppy from these sources.
We are seeing many internet scams where people are paying deposits to fake sites, lured by beautiful puppy pictures, only to find out, the dogs never existed.