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There are many things to consider before bringing a puppy into your home, especially if this is your first ever experience of having your own dog. As I have already mentioned, the Dachshund is an extremely popular breed because of its very recognisable appearance. Commonly known as a ‘Sausage Dog’ this pup’s long body, short height and general cute outward appearance has made them a very famous breed. They are extremely affectionate and loyal little dogs that have high intelligence and an eagerness to please. Although they are eager to please, they also tend to have a mind of their own which can make training them a little difficult. They are an intelligent dog with an independent mindset and nature which is down to the “hound” qualities in them. However, when they are with the right owner and given a good amount of positive reinforcement from a young age alongside patience and consistency they can be trained well. They are highly skilled hunters and when they spot something in the distance, they are very easily distracted by it and generally do not listen to your commands when off lead – this is definitely something you have to be aware of as an owner. Also, they can be a little bit more difficult to housetrain than other breeds. They require a lot of gentleness and patience with a firm hand to learn where they are to go to the toilet. They need teaching boundaries as soon as you get your puppy as it’s very easy to let them get away with lots of different things that make them a lot more difficult to handle. This can mean that the Dachshund is not a great breed for a first-time dog owner as the training can be difficult and a long process. Although these little dogs are small in size, they do require quite a lot of daily exercise to be happy and healthy dogs. They need a minimum of one hour a day which should be a combination of taking your dog out for a couple walks each day and also plenty of playtime. If they are not given enough exercise and mental stimulation each day then these little dogs can develop bad habits and destructive behavioural issues, as well as suffering from separation anxiety if they are left alone for too long. Dachshunds are energetic dogs that love to be able to run around, so it’s important to have a secure and safe environment for them to do so in order to release their high amounts of energy. Having a secure garden is important as Dachshunds as a breed have been known to be incredibly good at digging their way out under a fence – their front legs are designed for them to be expert diggers. Also, adult Dachshunds need to be fed twice a day with good quality food that meets their requirements. Exercise is incredibly important for this breed as they need to burn off any excess calories as they can be more prone to obesity than other breeds. As an owner, you need to be able to provide this exercise and also be able to keep a close eye on your dog’s health. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Dachshund into your home. There are many Health Tests available for all dog breeds in order to understand potential risks and the level of those risks which includes Progressive Retinal Atrophy for Dachshunds in particular. Certain health conditions that Dachshunds are more prone to include back problems, epilepsy, degenerative eye disorders, bloat, hormonal conditions, diabetes and deafness. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. As a first-time owner, the Dachshund may not be best for you due to being so prone to certain health issues – they are well-suited to people who are very familiar with their needs and who know how to care for them in the best way regarding these health conditions. This breed does shed, but not in majorly excessive amounts and their coat is pretty low maintenance. Wirehaired Dachshunds need regular brushing and commonly need their coats ‘stripped’ two or three times a year to keep them looking their best. The longhaired dogs also need to be brushed regularly to prevent any tangled mats forming in their coats and also need bathing more regularly than other coat varieties to keep their coat healthy. So, the grooming is not massively high maintenance depending on the type and length of hair the dog has. It’s super important to do lots of research before making your final decision when getting your puppy, so we highly recommend watching more videos and reading up about the breed. Overall, the Dachshund is not well suited to first-time dog owners due to the difficulty in training and the certain health conditions that they are prone to. They are lovely dogs that are more suited to an owner is very familiar with the little dogs’ particular needs and is able to train them with extreme consistency.