Adopting A Dog
You feel the time is right for you and your family to get a dog. You have done the research, found a vet a to consult, and decided to get a Dachshund. The finest and smartest of all the little dogs, (if we do write-so ourselves!) So, you have chosen a breed; now what do you do? How do you find a reputable breeder? Should you get a rescue Dachshund? We will answer the last question first, because that is the easiest one to answer. If you have small children, we DO NOT recommend a rescue Dachshund.
Dachshunds turned in for rescue or shelter intake are often suffering from behavioral issues. It is not always the case, but is most definitely OFTEN the case. Sometimes it is because the dog is old, or the owner is moving and can’t take the dog, or because the owner can no longer afford a dog that may have medical issues. It should be noted that Dachshund rescues and animals shelters all have the best interest of the dog in mind, and also make the dogs’ safety equally as paramount as the humans’ safety. Animals shelters follow strict guidelines set forth by the state in which they are located and will not negotiate on spay and neuter rules. The evaluations are not as in-depth as a rescue, HOWEVER, they will do an assessment of the dog and will be aware of the suitability of a dog for a family.
Some rescues are very realistic, but others may see a dog suitable for a home with children because they love the dog so dearly and want him or her to have a forever home. Small children are unpredictable and this is a risk to their own welfare. The welfare of a child is most important. Having written this, if the worst were to happen, a dog without ability to reason, will be thrust out of your home and into yet another home, or perhaps, even end up having to be put down. In order to avoid devastation on all sides, PLEASE, do not bring an older Dachshund with a potentially unknown history into the home with your small or young children. If rescue or shelter dog is suitable for your family dynamic, always keep in mind, you are taking in a dog that may have issues. You must be prepared to be patient and loving and forgiving. Again, worst case, it could be devastating for all involved, so go into it with your eyes wide open.
If you decide to get a newborn puppy, you must also exercise caution if you have small children. A miniature Dachshund eight weeks old can fit in the palm of your hand. If dropped, stepped on, or sat on, the injuries can be fatal, even if the child is small. The body of a 20 lb. child can do permanent or life-threatening damage to a Dachshund puppy, either mini or standard. The dog should have a safe space and needs to be supervised closely. The toys should be appropriately sized, as well as snacks made for mini or small dogs ONLY. DO NOT cut snacks for large dogs into small pieces for your little dog. It is work to have a tiny puppy around, but the love of a Dachshund is so precious. If a breeder is the way you want to go, please start at The Humane Society of America website. The Humane Society provides referrals, advice, and has a contact telephone number for direct information. The only other safe, beyond reproach site would be the American Kennel Club. These organizations are old, established, and function to make the sure all dogs are protected.