So you finally made up your mind and decided that a Dachshund puppy would be perfect for you and you’re family. You read up all of the information about the Dachshund dog breed and the training that they need and think you’re ready.
Well now it’s time for you to look for a Reputable Dachshund Dog breeder. This article will give you some ideas of where to look for a good breeder and show you which places you should stay away from. Also be prepared with the right questions to ask the breeder along with what to expect.
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Where to look for a Dachshund Puppy Breeder
Now that you made sure you are ready for the responsibilities that come with owning a Dachshund puppy, it’s time for you to look for a reputable Dachshund dog breeder. I’ll go over some of the most popular places to look if you want a healthy Dachshund puppy.
Classified Ads – Although it almost seems like newspapers are a thing of the past, with their readership dropping as time passes by, browsing through classified ads in your local paper might help you find the puppy that you always wanted.
Online Classified Ads – The big online classified ad sites like Craigslist, ClassifiedAds.com and Oodle.com are filled with posts both for Dachshund adoption and breeders. The problem with these sites is that there might be a lot of bad apples posting ads because it’s so easy to post as someone you’re not.
Pet Store Bulletin Boards – In store bulletin boards are a great start to find Local dog breeders. Although the chances of finding a breeder with available Dachshund puppies.
Online Dog Breeder Directories – Online web directories such DogBreederDirectory.com or Breeders.net have a lot of dog breeders. Again, you have to be careful who you do your business with when doing things online.
Places to Avoid When Purchasing a Dachshund Puppy
Some places that offer Dachshund puppies for sale are not showing their true colors. Often you will see adorable pictures of the puppies playing and running outside in the grass, but in reality the dogs are kept in cages their entire life and only let out to take those same pictures.
Other places breed Dachshund dogs just for profit and prey on people like you and me who love this particular dog breed. The consequence of this is the overpopulation of the breed, dachshund dogs without home and poor dog health.
When browsing for a Dachshund puppy, avoid these places no matter how tempting they might be:
Backyard dog breeders – Backyard breeders are people who breed their dogs without doing the right paperwork, health checks and testing. Their puppies can often have serious genetic problems because lack of attention to the dogs family history.
Puppy mills – Puppy mills are like industrial factories that are focusing on breeding as many puppies as they possibly can. They always have available puppies for sale and usually include several popular breeds. Don’t be tricked by the pretty pictures that they show you, because the realities of the lives of those dogs are nothing like the pictures.
Pet store puppies – The puppies in the pet store windows are most of the time brought there from a puppy mill. Don’t purchase puppies from pet stores because the money that you give them will support the cruel industry of puppy breeding at the expense of their happiness and freedom.
Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Dog Breeder
To help you separate the good dog breeders from the greedy people who only care about the money you can use these five tips to your advantage. Remember that it’s up to you to distinguish good dog breeders from the shady ones. So don’t be fooled by empty promises and fake smiles.
1. How often do you breed your dogs? If the dogs are bred more than two times per year then it’s a hint that these people breed the dogs purely for profit.
2. How often do you have puppies available for sale? Those breeders that have puppies for sale almost all year round are either overbreeding their dogs or are a part of a puppy mill.
3. Do your puppies stay with you at home or in a kennel? People who care about the puppies will keep their puppies at home where they can socialize with people, not in cages outside.
4. Are your puppies AKC registered and can you provide all of the needed papers? Lack of the required papers is a classic sign of a backyard dog breeder.
5. Is the family history of both parents show any serious genetic diseases or problems? Backyard breeders often forget that genetic diseases can be passed down generations without showing apparent symptoms.
Be Prepared For These Questions
If you do your homework and find a reputable Dachshund puppy breeder then you’re almost guaranteed to be asked questions. Don’t worry though; the breeder is not trying to be nosy. Instead he just wants to learn more about you and your home to make sure the puppy ends up in good hands.
It’s actually a good sign that the breeder wants to learn more about you before giving one of his pups away. Here are some popular questions you can expect to be asked from a dog breed:
Have you ever owned a dog before? You have nothing to worry about if you haven’t owned a dog before. They will ask you this question to learn more about your experience and how much you know about raising and training a Dachshund.
How big is your yard? They want to send their puppies to homes where the dogs can run around and have fun. If you don’t have a large backyard, you can take your puppy to the park or take a run with him around your neighborhood.
Do you have any other pets? Some pets can get along with others, while others don’t want another addition to the family.
Will the puppy spend most of his day home alone? Puppies need social interaction so if you have long work hours and have to leave the puppy alone all day, consider hiring a dog sitter or asking your friends or neighbors to take care of your puppy while you’re gone.
Nobody likes to clean up after their dog’s “accidents”, which is why dachshund potty training should be done as soon as possible. The longer you let your dog to potty indoors, the harder it will be for them to drop the habit.
You need to make sure going potty indoors never becomes a habit. This means walking the dog often, correcting their behavior if/when you catch them in action and rewarding them for peeing and pooping outside.
If you catch your dachshund in action, you have to pick him up and carry him outside. Even if this means more for you to clean, you should still do it. It’s the best way to housetrain your dog and show him that peeing and pooping should be done only outside!
Dealing with an Accident
Occasional accidents are bound to happen. There is no way around that fact. This means that you need to be prepared with dealing with potty accidents. First thing you should remember is that you should never punish or hit your dachshund puppy for having an accident. Housebreaking is about teaching them, not punishing them for things they don’t understand.
What you have to do is first, walk the dog to make sure he is completely finished peeing/pooping. Then you have to clean up the mess completely. You can’t leave any residue or odor behind. Remember that dachshund dogs have strong sense of smell, which means even if you can’t smell the odor, they probably can.
You have to use an odor removing spray to completely eliminate all the smells. If your dog smells a spot and remembers that he has gone there before, he will be more inclined to go potty there again.
Crate training is when you put your dachshund in a small crate or kennel and hope that he will hold in his urge to pee or poop until you let him out. The basic idea is that the dog won’t want to relieve himself inside the crate because it will be unpleasant and he won’t want to sit in a crate that stinks all day.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I personally don’t crate train my dogs because I find it unnecessary. Other people with limited time and busy schedules might disagree. From my point of view, limiting the dog’s space and freedom to prevent accidents from happening is not worth it.
An alternative to crate training would be to walk the dog more often. If you have work, ask your neighbors or hire a dog walker to walk the dog while you’re not home. If you work close to your home, you can also pop in during a lunch break to let your dog out.
Dachshund Puppy Potty Training Tips
Here are some tips on how to housetrain their dachshund puppies:
Walk your puppy every couple of hours – I know that might sound like a lot, but puppies need to be walked more often than adult dogs. Younger dachshund puppies can’t hold in for as long as adults so you are bound to have accidents happen inside if you don’t walk them often enough.
Don’t rush back home once your puppy is finished – Dachshund puppies love to explore new territory. Going outside to a puppy is like going out on adventure. If they learn that the “adventure” quickly stops as soon as they pee or poop outside, they will hold it in until the last moment to squeeze out more adventure time out of you.
Adult Dachshund Housetraining Tips
Adult Dachshund house training is very similar to puppy training. The only difference is the dog needs to unlearn the old habits before he can learn new ones. Here are some tips on how to potty train adult Dachshund dogs:
Watch out for what time your dachshund needs to go, and take him out during those times – Some dogs need to go outside after 10 minutes of eating, others after 20 minutes. Time how long on average your dachshund needs to go potty and schedule your walks around that time. This will greatly reduce chances of your dog having an accident indoors.
Reward the dog for going potty outdoors – Because going potty indoors is now a habit, you need to make potty time outdoors a lot more rewarding. When housebreaking your adult dachshund, give him a treat or at least some praise for doing his business outdoors.
We all want the best for our Dachshund dogs. These dogs are extremely loyal and have complete trust in their owners, so it’s our duty to give them the best of everything we can. We want to give them the best toys, the highest quality food, the tastiest treats and most importantly – a long and healthy life.
To do that however, you need to understand common health problems in the Dachshund dogs. Although they are considered to be one of the healthier breeds, they still need the required attention to their health and wellbeing. Small changes that will improve your dog’s health can also greatly improve their life expectancy.
Dachshund Back Problems
One of the more common health problems amongst the Dachshund breed is back injury. Their long and stretched bodies supported by small legs can cause a lot of stress on their spine. If you take in account the additional weight that can add up from overfeeding, then there is no surprise why this condition is considered to be so “common”.
Dachshund back problems can make it painful for them to walk or stand. In extreme causes, this condition can cause paralysis. This is why it’s very important that you try to prevent this problem before it happens.
To help prevent back problems and injury, make sure you feed your dog with the right proportions of healthy and nutritious foods. Don’t always look at the feeding recommendations on the labels of dog food packages – often times the feeding suggestions are overestimated.
Watch your Dachshund’s weight and activity levels to see how much your dog really needs to eat. If he starts gaining weight, cut back on the food or add more activities. Maintaining a healthy weight will help prevent back problems in Dachshund dogs.
Dachshunds, just like all other dog breeds, are susceptible to all kind of skin problems. Brushing your dog weekly will give you time to inspect their skin so you can spot any problems early. Causes for Dachshund skin problems can be as something as simple as a rash or allergies to something more complicated such as parasites, germs, bacteria or illness.
If you’re not sure what the primary cause of the skin problem in your dog, a trip to the vet won’t hurt. If it’s a parasite, bacteria or infection – your vet will prescribe the right medication to fight the problem. Early signs of skin problems include abnormal discoloration hair loss, blisters, constant itching and licking.
The sooner the vet diagnoses the problem, the easier it will be to cure whatever it is that’s bothering your puppy. Don’t wait until the skin problem spreads before you call the vet.
Just like us humans, dachshund dogs can have allergic reaction to food, plants, shampoos or anything else they come in contact with. Sometimes the allergy signs can be obvious, other times they can be mistaken as symptoms for other problems.
A Dachshund suffering from allergies will most likely be scratching and licking the irritated parts of his body. This constant licking and scratching can cause a rash, which can quickly get infected.
Children doses of certain allergy medication can help relieve some of the allergic symptoms. However the best solution is to identify the cause of the Dachshund’s allergies and prevent or at least limit the exposure.
Allergic reaction to food can be determined by giving your home cooked plain meals with as little variation as possible while still maintaining the required nutrients (usually rice, chicken and some vegetables). Then you continue on adding different foods as long as the Dachshund shows no allergic symptoms.
Avoiding Dachshund Health Problems
Here are some additional tips that will help prevent, or at least identify early, some of the Dachshund health problems. Follow these tips to improve your dog’s health and happiness while at the same time extending their lifespan.
Feed your Dachshund with high quality food – Food is an important factor in your dog’s overall health. Make sure the food that you give to your Dachshund has plenty of vitamins and protein.
Dachshund dogs need exercise – Running can help relieve a lot of stress. It’s soothing, calming and it gets their heart working. A Dachshund that exercises will live a happier and healthier life.
Inspect your dog for health problems every time you groom him – Look for any signs of health problems when grooming your dog. Check his ears, paws, skin and mouth for anything that might look strange or unusual. Strong foul smells can be a dead giveaway when it comes to infections.
Naming a Dachshund seems like a simple task right? Well unfortunately as simple as it may seem, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with a good name. The name you give to your Dachshund puppy will last his entire lifetime, so it’s obvious why people have a hard time coming up with a good name.
Dachshund Dog Name Tips
One of the best tips I can give someone when they are picking out a name for their dog is, keep the name short and simple. Why? Well there are two basic reasons:
Reason 1: Shorter name is much easier for your Dachshund to remember
Reason 2: You don’t want to run around the park, chasing your Dachshund puppy while shouting out a ridiculously long name.
You should also avoid naming your dog after common words that you use in your everyday life. If you name your Dachshund “sausage” then every time you say the word sausage, your Dachshund will think you’re talking to him.
Take Your Time Picking the Perfect Dachshund Name
Don’t rush the naming process when choosing a name. Ask your friends and family for advice and opinions and settle only for the name you personally like the best. And once you think you found the right one, stick to it.
Dachshund Name Ideas
Here are some popular Dachshund names:
Female Dachshund Names
Anka, Elfie, Elke, Elsa, Elsie, Freda, Greta, Gretchen, Heidi, Lexi, Lulu, Maddie, Millie, Mitzi, Riley, Sammy, Schnapps, Sophie, Susie
For Male Dachshunds
Arnold, Axel, Barry, Baxter, Benson, Bentley, Cooper, Dieter, Duncan, Felix, Frank, Fritz, Gavin, Günter, Jasper, Kaspar, Klaus, Luther, Marty, Max, Murphy, Oscar, Otis, Riley, Rusty, Sammy, Schnapps, Siegfried, Spencer, Tucker, Viktor, Willie
Dachshund Names By Size
Here are some name ideas for the smaller Dachshund dogs. They are a little more fitting with the miniature Dachshund size:
Miniature Dachshund Male names:
Atom, Feisty, Munchkin, Banjo, Foxy, Nails, Gumball, Nibbles, Bug, Hidalgo, Nit Pik, Bungee, Niles, Bongo, Ike, Ounce, Calvin, Itty Bitty, Pez, Jiggs, Pipsqueak, Dancer, Jiminy, Pixie, Dazzler, Pixel, Devin, Kit, Pumpkin, Dollop, Kisses, Drop, Quip, Mini, Quimby, Elf, Mite, Rival, Fang, Zippy
Mini Dachshund Female Names:
Lucky, Glitter, Lucy, Apple, Happy, Maggie, Baby, Heart, Mini, Bambi, Hillary, Minuet, Bitty, Hint, Misty, Betty Boop, Hope, Moxie, Buttercup, Honey, Nadia, Crissie, , Nelly, Dab, Itty, Nova, Diva, Jot, Ono, Dot, Jumper, Opal, Doodle, Kasey, Peanut, Elf, Kisses, Queenie, Eve, Lady, Rascal, Frisky, Limerick, Snip, Lollipop, Teeny
Grooming dachshund dogs is fairly easy and doesn’t take up much time at all. You can easily groom your dachshund at home and save the extra cash you would have spent on a professional dog groomer.
You don’t need any grooming equipment or any other special tools. All you need for a well groomed and clean dachshund pup is:
A Good Brush – Can be purchased at a pet store for cheap. The type of bristles you should get depends on your dachshund’s coat.
Pet safe shampoo – Never use human soaps or shampoos. Your dachshund’s coat can’t handle the chemicals in human shampoos. If you want your dog to have a healthy and shiny coat- always use pet safe products!
Dog nail Clippers – Don’t use regular scissors, they will cause you more hassle than necessary. You can also use a nail file.
Cotton Balls – Can get them at any pharmacy. Q-tips for dog ears are a no-no.
Dachshund Grooming – Shiny and clean coat
Dachshund dogs are good at keeping themselves clean. Giving baths too often to your puppy can actually do more harm than good. You should bathe a dachshund every 3-6 months or when your dog gets exceptionally dirty. Always use pet safe shampoo!
If you just want to get rid of the dog smell you can spray some dog freshener on a cloth and wipe your furry friend down. I don’t like spraying that stuff on my dogs directly because it leaves too strong of a smell and my dogs don’t seem to like it very much. Wiping them down with a cloth does the job though.
Dachshund Excessive Shedding
All dogs shed, no matter the breed or size. You should expect normal shedding, and heavier seasonal shedding. If you’re dachshund is a heavy shedder, then there might be an underlying problem.
I suggest you brush down your dachshund at least once every two weeks. This will eliminate a lot of the loose hairs that are hanging on and also keep them clean. You should also brush them and inspect them for ticks after going to the park depending where you live.
Make sure you feed the dachshund with quality food and give him all the nutrients and vitamins that he needs. You should also give your dachshund more exercise to keep him healthy. If the food and exercise are not the problems (even though 9/10 ten times it most is one of the two), you should get your dachshund checked out by a vet.
Ear infections are a common thing amongst dogs. Since they can’t keep the ears clean themselves, you will have to help them with that as a part of your grooming routine. Every other week or two, get a couple of cotton balls and wipe the inside of your dog’s ears. Don’t push the cotton balls too deep into their ear canals though.
You can also take the opportunity to inspect your dachshund’s ears for any signs of infections. A foul smell is a good indicator that something might be wrong. If you suspect that your dachshund is suffering from an ear infection take him to the vet. They will prescribe to you medication that should clear it right up.
Clipping and Trimming Nails
A broken nail is one of the most common visits to the vet. If you want to prevent these painful incidents from happening to your dachshund, clip or trim their nails on a regular basis. The shorter the nail the less likely it will get caught in something and break.
Don’t cut at the “pink” spot inside the nail. That part is very sensitive and if you cut it, it will bleed and hurt your dog. Instead give it some room and cut just the empty nail part. If you’re too scared to do it yourself, you can use a nail file to file it down instead of cutting.
Also note that dogs that spend more time outdoors will have their nails filed down naturally by running on rough terrain. The dachshunds that stay inside or don’t get much time to run around outside, will need to have their nails trimmed ever couple months.
Those of you with Dachshund puppies are probably aware of how much hassle they can be at times. This article should have you better prepared with information about Dachshund puppy care and training.
The more you know about the breed, the better you will be prepared to raise a healthy, social and obedient Dachshund puppy, regardless if your puppy is Purebred Dachshund or a Dachshund Mix.
Dachshund Puppy Care
When you bring home a Dachshund puppy, you need to take care of couple of important things. Preparing and getting the Dachshund dog used to grooming is highly important while they are young.
You should frequently brush them, trim their nails, clean their ears and teeth while they are young to get them used to you doing it once they are adults. For example, you want them to know its normal when you reach for their feet to trim their nails. It will be much harder for them to get used to these things once they are older.
Remember that being brought into an unfamiliar new home with strange new people might be a little frightening. So don’t rush your puppy. Let him take everything in at his own pace. Let them smell out new things, explore different rooms and meet new people when they are ready.
Puppies, particular Dachshund pups, love to explore and naturally have a high level of curiosity. Take that into account when puppy-proofing your home. Don’t assume the puppy won’t try to get into cabinets just because there is nothing interesting there – chances are that’s the first place they will check.
Dachshund Puppy Training
You should start Dachshund puppy training right away. You don’t have to jump into trick training, but basic things like obedience, come here, and socialization training should begin as soon as possible.
Dachshund puppy training tips:
- Introduce your Dachshund to all your friends, neighbors and family (better socialization)
- Teach them to recognize their name (easier to get their attention later)
- Train the puppy before a meal (the treats taste much better when they are hungry for them)
- Use their pack mentality to your advantage during training (faster results)