Are you thinking of adding a Dachshund puppy to your family? These pups are a great choice. This dog breed comes in two different sizes: standard and miniature. Both are purebred Doxies and are energetic and affectionate. They’ll make an excellent family dog. So, if you’re going to bring home a Dachshund puppy, let’s prepare for it.
A quick overview of the Dachshund
Dachshunds are also known as Sausage dogs or Weiner dogs because of their short legs and long bodies. Miniature Dachshunds have stubbier legs making them smaller than the Standard Dachshund. This pooch can come in various coat colors and smooth hair, long hair, or a wire hair coat. In addition to their unique body type, they have unique coat types as well.
With that said, grooming needs will vary, depending on the type of coat they have. Dachshunds are not considered to be hypoallergenic and will shed quite a bit. They also have high energy levels and will need ample daily exercise and playtime. However, due to their small size and body type, they can only have small bursts at a time, so they don’t become too strained.
All dogs are different, depending on how they’re raised, but Dachshunds are typically loyal, protective, and love to cuddle. They’re not considered to bed a lap dog because they’re a little too big for that, but they’ll try to hop in your lap anyway. This doggo can be aggressive, especially with strangers. Early socialization and training will nip that in the bud.
This purebred will be okay with other dogs, cats, and small animals in the house. However, they’ll do better in a home that has older children. They are vocal dogs that love to bark and can be stubborn and independent.
Where to find Dachshund puppies
Dachshunds are a popular dog breed. You’ll be able to find them through reputable breeders. Their litter size is typically one to four puppies since this pooch is small. Many breeders have this purebred available for adoption.
Before buying for a breeder, shop around for the one you feel will be the right fit for you. A good breeder will care about the dogs and want to see them go to a good home. They won’t let them leave their mother until at least eight weeks old, and they’ll socialize the puppies. The breeder will also know the family tree and health history of the dogs. In addition, they’ll want to get to know you as well and meet you in person before giving you a puppy.
Alternatively, you can look at your local animal shelters and breed-specific rescues for purebred Dachshunds. You can call them up and ask what dogs they have available. They will sometimes have Dachshund puppies.
How much does a Dachshund puppy cost?
When you do happen to find Dachshund puppies for adoption, then you can expect to spend anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 for a puppy. This cost is partial since this purebred is high in demand due to its popularity.
Preparing for your new puppy
So, you found a Dachshund puppy and can’t wait to bring it home. But, before you can do that, there are a few things you should prepare for this small pooch. First, find a veterinarian who is accepting new patients. Together, you can work out what you need for your new puppy. They can help you choose a meal plan to start with for your Dachshund, and they can recommend other supplies you need.
Then, it’s time to go supplies shopping. Your pooch will need a lot. For example, a collar, leash, harness, crate, bed, toys, treats, cleaning supplies, poop bags, grooming supplies, and so much more.
In addition, you’ll want to buy puppy-proofing supplies and then set it all up in your house. This includes baby gates if you want your doggo to stay in certain rooms for the time being.
Bringing home your new puppy
When you first bring home your puppy, put them in one room and block off the exits. Allow them to get used to that one room and any new scents. Also, allow them to get used to you and any other household members. Starting slow is the way to go so that your pooch doesn’t get too overwhelmed or overstimulated. Show them where its bed and crate are, creating a safe space for your doggo.
Spend a couple of days with your new puppy and begin training as soon as you can. This way, it’ll be much easier to leave them home alone when you have to go back to work.
Should you get a Dachshund puppy?
Dachshunds will make a great family companion. As long as you can cater to their grooming needs and can be home often enough to exercise them, they should be a good fit for your family. Dachshunds will stick to a certain family member and will do better with older kids than younger children. However, early socialization and training are key. After that, your Dachshund puppy will fit right into the family.