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The Complete Guide to Owning a Dachshund

Pros of owning a Dachshund:
  • Affectionate and loyal to their owners
  • Intelligent and easy to train
  • Good watchdogs
  • Wide variety of coat types and colors
  • Low to moderate exercise needs
  • Can be suitable for apartment living
Cons of owning a Dachshund:
  • Can be stubborn and independent
  • Can be prone to certain health issues such as intervertebral disk disease, obesity, and skin allergies
  • May bark excessively
  • May not be suitable for families with young children due to their small size and delicate bones
  • Can be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods of time
  • Short-legged, long-bodied breed with a distinctive shape
  • Three different coat types: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired
  • Coat colors range from black, cream, red, chocolate, and more
Health Issues:
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Cushing’s Disease

Suitability & Maintenance:
  • Dachshunds are suitable for singles, couples, and families with older children who can handle their small size and delicate bones
  • They do well in both city and suburban environments, as well as in apartments, if they get enough exercise
  • Regular grooming is necessary, especially for longhaired and wirehaired Dachshunds
  • Exercise needs can be met with daily walks and playtime

Dachshunds are a loyal, affectionate, and entertaining breed, but potential owners should be aware of their health issues and potential for stubbornness. They are best suited for experienced dog owners who are committed to providing them with regular grooming and exercise.

  • Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) – “Dachshund”

  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Australia – “Dachshund”

  • Pet insurance Australia – “Dachshund Health Problems”


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