An inner look into the world of a Dachshund
Children may be particularly attracted to Dachshunds. Their typical, yet funny oblong body may cause a laugh or two. They call them the "hot dog"and they eagerly want to pet one as it walks by. One day finally may come then, where children may ask "Mommy can we adopt one?" and as a mom you may say yes because after all, you are very fond of this breed as well.
But do Dachshunds make good family pets? Are they friendly enough to be kept around children?
Well, to tell the truth this past summer we were visiting my sister in law which had just recently adopted a cute Dachshund called Sweet Daisy. She was a very sweet dog indeed. Until, this one day my 4 year old nephew started playing with her ears. The only thing following the play session then was a loud scream and crying as Daisy ran out of the house. My nephew then raised his bleeding finger to the air.
I personally still think that my nephew sort of looked for it. Not all dogs seem to be very tolerant of having their ears touched. Also we do not know exactly "how he was playing with her ears". Was he just petting them and moving them or was he pulling them causing her pain? We will never know, but what we knew for sure was that Daisy had not much tolerance. So we kept an eye on both of them from the day of that occurrence.
The bite wound was relatively small, but with every bite comes the potential for infection. Canine teeth are full of bacteria and puncture wounds are the most difficult to treat. However, my nephew's bite went away shortly thereafter, along with his temporary fear of Dachsunds.
So do Dachshunds make good pets for kids?
Well it all depends on a variety of factors. Usually some appear to be a bit temperamental around very small children, like toddlers. But this may be due to they way they are treated. Most small children do not know the difference between a pet and a stuffed animal, so accidents as the one with Daisy may tend to happen.
Also small children may cause serious damage to a Dachshunds delicate back. All it takes to injure their delicate back is a child mishandling a Dachshund and dropping it on the floor.
On the other hand, some Dachshunds are great with children and make great pets if trained properly. As other small dog breeds they need discipline and leadership. A lack of discipline may cause behavior problems in this strong willed and often stubborn breed.
Some Dashounds accept children in the household very well, but may be stand-offish and temperamental with unfamiliar children. Always keep this in mind, a Dachshund that loves your kids not necessarily loves ALL kids.
As a general rule of thumb, I would be cautious of combining toddlers with Dachshunds. The combination of a noisy child screaming or mishandling a dog and a dog breed not very tolerant may likely result in a snapping dog and a crying child. It would be best to adopt a Daschund once children have passed those terrible twos and threes and wait perhaps a bit more longer.
Ideally, good research is the key to having a stable minded Dachshund. Look for breeders that raise them in a loving home around children. It may take a good dose of luck along with a good amount of discipline to make children and Dachshund live happily together. Sometimes the best solution seems to be adopting adult Dachshunds that have already proven their temperament around kids versus a Dachshund puppy whose temperament may remain a doubtful and uncertain question mark...
Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on April 09, 2011:
This is a really great and well informative blog. I'm so rating this blog up!
JC on April 06, 2011:
My dachshund has never liked kids. I was always told by others though that he'll like mine when I have kids. This couldn't be more accurate. My dachshund absolutely loves my 6 month old. She pets him, pokes him in the eyes, and pulls his ears...He doesn't care at all. But you bring around someone elses kid that he doesn't know and all bets are off. Note: if you get a male dachshund...get him fixed EARLY.
Karie on January 15, 2011:
I am wanting to adopt a mini dachshund. We are looking at adopting 3month old. I have 3 year old twins. I am wondering if they are a good breed to have around my 2 3yr olds?
Sheral on June 08, 2010:
How hard is it for a dachshund to adapt to new surroundings? Say for instance, a lady is giving one away, it's about 4 years old, house broken, knows a few tricks, etc. I have a two and a half year old and a three and a half year old. Do you think that this can work?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 03, 2010:
Puppies are like sponges, they get to absorb a lot when they are small. This includes getting them used to children and people. There is a very important time during a dog's life between 4 and 16 weeks where they must be socialized as much as possible. With this, if you put in a good amount of effort, you should have good chances your puppy will grow tolerant of children and respond well to training.
One important factor: training goes two ways: you must teach your children how to handle dogs properly and to avoid petting when the dog is eating, with a toy or napping.
However, if you were looking to adopt a dog from a shelter try to get a good assessment of its training and background. Some shelters allow you to take dogs on ''trial'' and test their personality and temperament before adopting. There can still be good dogs at the shelter that were simple surrendered because of economical problems or lack of time.
There is however always an amount of risk in both puppies and older dogs. Puppies can be trained but their genetic backgrounds and personalities may play a role too. You may have a shy dog or one whose parents have passed not the greatest temperaments. Have a good breeder assist you in the choice if this is your first dog. Here is a helpful hub on starting on the right foot;
Best of luck whichever route you go!
Alexandra on April 02, 2010:
So what's better a dog or a puppy? I thought if you get a puppy you can train them the way you want.I thought if adog is older they are harder to train.please write back I was about to adopt a dachshund and I don't know if I should get a4year old or a 4 mounth old.
Mia on March 14, 2010:
I love Dachshunds, but would definitely wait on getting one til my child was old enough to understand how to handle a dog. At the moment I have two Rottweilers and we go to the dogpark all the time. There's a little black and tan miniature Dachshund who gets my 120 lb guy into submission just by running up to him. I wish I had a video of the my big guy cowering for the little guy :) It's too cute.
However, my two gargantuan things I call dogs are great with kids. My neices and nephews climb on the dogs and play with their mouths and do various (I'm sure annoying) things to the dogs (supervised, of course). They're too lazy to get bother getting startled by kids running around and they're too large to register pain inflicted by a kid (we have successfully proven my male can hold up a 180 lb. man on his back, accidentally of course).
alyssa on January 23, 2010:
you have to raise the doxie along with your baby or child you cannot adopt one and expect for it to get along with your baby or kid, i raised my dachshund with my baby and he pulls there ears hugs all on them
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 10, 2010:
Sounds like a great dog you have and very tolerant. As mentioned each dog is different and no generalizations can be made about their tolerance level around children. I am sure you trained this dog very well and he comes from a good breeder.
Sammy on January 09, 2010:
I LOVE my Dachshund!!! He is the sweetest dog I have ever owned. He is great around all ages and would never think about hurting anyone. There are some disatvantages though...he pee's when ever he gets excited or meets someone new. He jumps a lot and we are not sure it is good for his back.He also is the most stuborn dog in the world! It takes patience to train him (and start as early as possible.)Also he sheds like CRAZY! If you are thinking about getting a Dachshund you should always keep a vaccum near by. My Dachshund is great with other dogs and loves playing with them! He always wants to sit on our laps and relax, but when he is crazy there is no stopping him. Also the Dachshund is the longest living breed recored.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 13, 2009:
Thanks, yours looks adorable as well!
lrohner from USA on July 13, 2009:
Great hub, Alexadry! I completely agree with you. I wrote a hub a few weeks ago about why dachshunds are not for everyone. My mini-doxie is very much an easygoing people lover whether large or small. But I do spend time every month with groups of dacshunds and their owners and know that not all are as tolerant. (And Sweet Daisy is truly adorable!)