Dachshund Rescue Australia Inc has re-homed over 1000 dogs since 2009

Please use this guide to help determine if you can give a dachshund the love and support it needs.

Some things to consider BEFORE buying a dachshund


Settling a dachshund into a new home takes love, time, money and patience. Lots of patience!


Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn. Keep your dog on a lead in busy areas and always clean up after them.


Food, vet bills and pet insurance are expensive (back surgery $8000+). Do you have the finances to give a dog the care it deserves?


Dachshunds require regular exercise to stay happy and at a healthy weight.


Dachshunds need a safe and comfortable environment.


Dachshunds suffer from separation anxiety and need to be part of your everyday life and not left alone for long periods.


On 22/5/2020, we asked our Facebook followers what are the Pros and Cons of owning a dachshund...
I would honestly say there is way more cons than pros. I would discourage anyone who is not committed to giving almost all of their time and attention to training and loving their dachshund. That being said, we love our girl and are so glad she is in our life, we wouldn’t trade her for anything.


Pros: they make you laugh every day, they have the spirit of a large dog in the convenience of a small dog. Low shedding, great guard dogs, love to snuggle on your lap. Con: the barking! Can't be trusted off-lead as they will chase anything and get on a scent and never come back. Separation anxiety. Also con: I don't think I could even own another breed!


Pros: big personality and very funny, they are super loyal but that leads into the con for us as they can be over protective and reactive to other dogs and people, hard to train too as they are so stubborn, potential owners MUST have the time and patience to dedicate themselves to training them long term.


Pros : loving, loyal, a huge personality in a small body, relatively long lived Cons: stage 5 clingers, single minded and stubborn to the point of insanity (Our long hair will sit by the piece of furniture his ball is “ lost “ under for hours. He just won’t give up), can and will eat themselves into a food coma if they are food driven , concerns about back issues If you are prepared to have a pet who is like a permanent two year old child with all their charms and faults, that’s a dachshund.


Pros: cuddly, sleepy, happy, fun, and never lose their adorable cuteness! Cons: BARKS like a maniac at anyone coming in the door until he has been able to see, smell & get a pat; not overly friendly (unpredictable - sometimes happy and will sniff/get a pat - sometimes gets nervy and barks) when out and about with other dogs/people. Toilet training - will NOT go outside when wet, we have to have a waterproof mat/towel inside - which is always set up and used!


Why you do NOT want a dachshund

  1. They bark. They can’t help it. It’s in their genetic makeup. They are bred for hunting, and when they are hunting, they use different types of barks to communicate with the hunters. They will bark to alert you to any changes in their environment, from a burglar right down to a bird landing in their yard. They will bark to communicate with you and with other dogs. You can contain the barking with lots of training, but you won’t eliminate it. So if you live somewhere where a barking dog will cause problems, you don’t want a dachshund.
  2. They dig. If they can see daylight on the other side of a fence, most of them will dig to try to get to it. If you don’t have solid fencing that reaches right down to the ground, expect some holes. There are exceptions, but if you are super proud of your yard and the thought of holes upsets you, you don’t want a dachshund.
  3. They are agile. Way more agile than they look. Do not for one minute be fooled that because they are small and cute, that they don’t get around. They CAN and will jump on the furniture, your lap, get up on your bed, find a way out of the back yard and more. If you don’t want dogs on the furniture or on your lap, you don’t want a dachshund
  4. They get fat! Most dachshunds love their food and will put on weight very quickly if you don’t watch their diet. This is worse for dachshunds than it is for most dogs because of their backs. So if you like to feed your dog people food, or extra treats, you don’t want a dachshund.
  5. They need to be indoors. Not all the time, but lots of the time. They need to be the centre of attention, and love to spend time with you and your family. If you want a dog simply to live in the back yard, you don’t want a dachshund.
  6. They are not easy to housetrain. Most dachies get it, given careful training and patience. If it’s raining or cold outside, you’ll probably find that your little princess won’t step foot outside to go. They will whine to come into the house if left outside, but they won’t do it to get out! They do housetrain, but they are not easy, so if the idea of accidents bothers
    you and you have a pristine white carpet, you don’t want a dachshund.
  7. They chew. If they can see something, it belongs to them. They have incredibly strong jaws and teeth, and love to use them. You will need to be super-vigilant about what they can get to, especially as a puppy, and if you can’t bear the thought of losing your favourite Jimmy Choos, then you don’t want a dachshund.
  8. They have delusions of grandeur. They have no idea of their size in relation to other dogs. They will happily pick on big dogs in the park to protect you. They were bred to hunt badgers in their holes and have courage that far outweighs the size of their bodies (and their brains!). They are incredibly loyal, so they will protect you and their territory from
    anything, no matter how big the dog. If you don’t like the sound of that, you probably don’t want a dachshund.
  9. They are incredibly stubborn. They learn quickly but they are not perfect – what they don’t want to hear and don’t want to see doesn’t exist. Some dachshunds do incredibly well at obedience, but be aware that it is ALWAYS on their terms. They also have selective hearing, so no matter how well trained, if you want a dog that you can walk off the leash, you probably don’t want a dachshund.
  10. They want to spend time with you. Obsessively. They will be under your feet, on your lap, in your bed, in front of the fridge when the door opens, in the loo with you. If you like your own space, you don’t want a dachshund.
  11. They can be OCD. They like it their way, and that’s about all kinds of things – where they put bones, what food they eat, what time you come home, about where furniture should be, what cushions are allowed on the couch – anything. If you aren’t prepared to spend time reassuring them, you don’t want a dachshund.

And now, if you’ve come this far and you still think that you might want a dachshund after reading all that, this is why. They are one of the most interactive breeds, with huge personalities and so much character. Every single one is unique and a whole lot of fun. Who can resist those big brown eyes and that deceptively sad face? They are loyal and protective of those they love to the very last and one of the most affectionate breeds out there – always ready for a cuddle with a waggy tail and a wet sloppy kiss. They are people magnets – when you walk a dachshund you have to be prepared to meet new people. They are addictive, once you’ve had one, you will probably end up with at least one more and will also be ruined for owning any other breed ever again. They are funny and will make you laugh more than they make you cry. If you’ve read all this and you think you still want a dachshund, you probably do want a dachshund!

**Please note that all dogs are different and your dachshund may exhibit none or all of the characteristics above – this is a generalised outline of the breed, intended for basic information purposes only.

Author: Joanne Emery
www.ivdd.org.au (A fantastic resource for all dachshund owners)

PLEASE! Do NOT support animal cruelty. Never buy from puppy farms or backyard breeders! Always visit where your puppy was born and reared.

Interview with an ethical, ANKC registered, Dachshund Breeder

1. What makes a good dachshund breeder?

In my opinion a good breeder is a person that has gained the appropriate knowledge of the breed they are going to produce puppies with, a person who has the knowledge to send a puppy to its new home with all the necessary information about the puppy so it will thrive and the new owner has confidence in rearing their new family addition.

A good breeder has facilities in place and a breeding program to produce – most importantly – healthy and well conformed puppies  from a gene pool that has produced exceptional quality representatives of the breed.

It should be obvious that puppies are well socialised in an inspiring environment that has constant attention and contact with a loving caring breeder


2. Where can prospective owners find a good breeder?

The best place to start is searching for Australian National Kennel Control [ANKC] members which you will find listed in breed section on the dogzonline website

www.dogzonline.com.au and you can certainly utilise Facebook groups again stipulating ANKC registered pups and members .

Also contacting your state affiliate office for breed listings dog Victoria, Dogs Queensland, Dogs West, Dogs NSW and Dogs South Australia. Breeders can also be verified from these contacts .

BIG No No ‘s are Gumtree and trading post and the majority of back yard breeders fb pages . Most often there are scammers on these pages and unscrupulous breeders.


3. What questions should prospective owners ask breeders to ensure they are buying the healthiest, happiest puppy.

When enquiring about a puppy from a breeder, here are some questions you can ask and points to consider:

a. Ensure you puppy is fit for the purpose of pet or possibly show: Is his/ her mouth correct? Are there testicles for male puppies? Are there any dew claws or kinks in tails?  Has the puppy been vet checked for clefts heart? Are the lungs, patella and hocks sound?

b. Ask about any incidents of IVDD in the sire and dam’s history.

c. Ensure there has been DNA testing for PRA cord1 and muscular Dystrophy.

d. Inspect the environment your puppy is reared in .

e. Check that vaccination and microchip is included.

f. Check what age puppy is expected to be available – 10 weeks is ideal, sooner can create settling issues.


4. What should potential owners avoid when looking for a puppy?

On your search for a puppy, avoid becoming impatient is my biggest hint.

  • Search safe avenues firstly and avoid breeders that appear set up for turning over numbers just for income.
  • There are lots of micro breeders out there and many do very ordinary efforts of rearing and producing quality puppies.
  • Breeders charging excessive amounts for fashionable colours and selling to other back yard breeders and micro puppy farmers are a big red flag .
  • If you are requested to pay deposits or full payment prior to pick up, tread carefully until you are sure they are genuine person at the other end.
  • Breeders that won’t speak to you on the phone or will not forward regular photos or video be careful as you may have found a scammer.
  • If registered ANKC breeder, ask for prefix and state body they are affiliated with and contact for verification of their details.


5. Do you have any other advice?

  • Do as much research as you can via Facebook and registering bodies or clubs.
  • Do not pay in full until pick up if in person and if flying move forward when your  confident you have a genuine Breeder .
  • If the deal is too good to be true walk away.

I hope my perspective on breeders and puppy searching helps with a family finding the perfect outcome.

Kind Regards Vicki

Where can I buy a Dachshund / How to become PAWRENT

  1. Think about whether you really have the money and time for a potentially 20 year commitment and could give a dog the love and commitment it needs.
  2. Attend dachshund meet ups and spend time with their owners or attend a dachshund show organised by a dachshund club. Ask questions to determine whether a dachshund would suit your lifestyle.
  3. Visit an animal shelter and meet other breeds to compare.
  4. Whatever dog you choose, always consider adoption first. Contact your local shelters and rescues to express your interest in any dogs that they have or that may become available that would suit your requirements and lifestyle.
  5. If you absolutely must have a puppy and cannot wait for one to become available that requires adoption, please ensure you ONLY buy from an ethical, registered breeder that carries out all the appropriate health checks and scans and that breeds only with healthy dogs that have no links to IVDD. NEVER buy from Gumtree, Pet Shops or unregistered, Backyard Breeders! Please research breeders in your area at the below links.


Dachshund Rescues


Dachshund Clubs


Dachshund IVDD Information & Support – IVDD affects 1 in 4 dachshunds, understand the risk and care required 


*Please note* Links above are provided for information only. Dachshund Rescue is not affiliated to any of the breeders or groups mentioned nor do we necessarily share or endorse their views and actions.


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