Originally Posted by Rock&Fluff'smom
I went to Petsmart yesterday and this man had the most adorable long haird dashand I have ever seen,,she was kinda orange/brown colored and she was just soo adorable! She had the prettiest face..are these dogs good with kids/cats? when I buy myself a house, I am planning on getting a dog..just trying to figure out what kind and all that.....Just wanted to share about the sweet doggy I saw...she was just so precious and proud looking!
They are cuties, aren't they..
Well, first, any dog should be purchased not for their appealing looks to you but to fit in with your family.
Ie, If you want a dog to go jogging, but you think pugs are "cute", don't get a pug! They won't do the jogging thing
or if you want a low energy couch potato dog, don't get a dalmatian!
So, first look into what the particular dog was bred for over the years.
Yes, dogs do retain the serious instinct for what their ancestors may have worked all day at.
Dachshunds were bred for hunting vermin and rabbits above ground.
Therefore, they have the typical hound characteristics of being stubborn, willful and tough..This kind of work had to ensure the dog was tenacious and determined!!
So, while in your quest for a dog, it would be a good idea to get a dog from puppyhood with this character as if he is older, he may not adapt from seeing a small furry cat and chasing it...To be honest, you can't always guarantee that a dog with the drive to chase furry soft things, even if hand reared by you, won't be a threat to your cats..but its a safer bet if he was exposed to them at an early age.
With kids, you have to ensure that, as with any dog, the child knows how to handle dogs. Especially with dachshunds who can develop lower back problems, a child should not be allowed to pick this dog up...
No pulling of tails, no shrieking, no mishandling..But these are good guidelines for any dog..
That being said, Dachshunds are also known to be little clowns and very entertaining..
But with any dog, MAKE SURE you go to a thoroughly researched reputable breeder..
A puppy mill or backyard breeder is NOT a good idea...This is a dog that tends to be overbred and the bad qualities that the dog suffers with tend towards snappiness towards strangers or children, shyness, and other problem behaviours, not to mention medical problems.
And remember, obedience school is a must for this type of dog!