Known Health Issues
All Dachshunds shed hair; many have a noticeable doggy stench. If your dog sheds excessively, you may want to change his diet to prevent the over shedding. Many Dachshunds live a happy long life, but some will grow to be crippled mid age from disk disease. The vertebrae in their backs become stretched to breaking point and gets weak with age. Dachshunds also suffer from eye diseases, epilepsy, heart disease, urinary diseases, and itchy skin diseases among others with advanced age.
Suitability as a Family Pet
Dachshunds make excellent family dogs if brought up with kids, but under constant supervision, so that children don’t hold them improperly. Their flexible nature and modest training needs make them suitable for young people, couples or seniors.
Before buying a Dachshund hound, consider whether the dog will suit your lifestyle and needs. Puppies are fun, but they require time and effort before they grow up. A grown Dachshund will most likely be less active and demanding than a puppy. Either way, you can find the perfect dog at shelters, breeders or an already trained dog in need of a new home.