The only thing I know for sure about them is that you have to be very careful with their backs (I considered one before I got Pablo, but couldn't get past that particular potential problem after Dary and his CVI). The Doxies that I have met are loyal, enthusiastic characters, and great watchdogs! We camp next to a couple every Labor Day - smooth-coated black-and-rust "tweenies" - I call them The Sawed-Off Dobermans LOL! Great little guys!
Sister has eight mini dachshunds...yep, diggers and escape artists... she has all three coats plus a couple of dapples..she loves the temperment on the long coats the best, even though she thouroughly loves all eight. Her red smooth coat just had a tumor removed and one of her breasts, luckily the tumor was pre-cancerous, but a scary situation all around.
I had one. loved him dearly.Not a jumper or digger. but I did have to put him down at age 9 because of a bad back. He started out one day just yepping every time he turned his head. 3 days latter he could not even bend his head down to eat. The vet said it was degernative spinal trama. A very comman problem with dachsunds. Not treatable. I will not get another one because I saw the pain that he went through. It really happened within days of playing and beening happy. No jumping or horse play to cause it. Just out of the blue. I hope you don't have to go through this too.
I have never owned one but my hubby has growing up and his grandpa has one now. From what he has told me they are loyal dogs. His grandpa's Clifford is a great watch dog for them. He barks at anyone he sees when he is in their yard. He is also very attached to his grandpa and hangs around him all the time. He loves sitting in his lap and when we go visit them thats usually where he is at lol. I have been researching into the breed too because when we do get another dog the Mini Dachshund is the breed we have decided to get as well.
I have owned 8 total and currently have 6. None of mine have had back issues and so far, all have lived long lives. My first dachshund, Oscar, lived to be 18 and never had any problems with his back - he did have a bout with cancer when he was 11. He had surgery and then chemo and lived another 7 years. I lost another very old dachshund about a year ago to nasal cancer (not sure of his age - he was old when I got him). Of my current dachshunds, one is 15 and doing very well, except at a much slower pace than everyone else. I absolutely love the breed and highly recommend them. Oh - none of mine have been diggers, either. They canbe a little stubborn, but there's nothing I like better than coming home from work, opening the back door and watching 6 little wiener butts race around the back yard.
I think they are a wonderful little breed.. We haven't owned one personally, but our daughter has one and he is her constant companion and smart as he can be.. She adores Louie!
My cousin in Alabama raised them for many years, but is now widowed and retired, so he only has 2 of his "seniors" as his companions now. I was so very "tempted" to come home with a pup everytime we visited him and there was a new litter in the house..They are such adorable puppies and his were all so loving and very devoted to their "people."
One of my doxies is a rescue who had been kept in a small dark shed with 28 other small dogs. They had very limited access to food and water and several of the dogs were dead when they were finally rescued. After going to the humane society, this little guy was adopted a couple times, but always returned because he had such a terrible fear of people. I knew I could work with him, though. When I first brought him home, he would not even go outside to go potty if I was anywhere nearby, so I would have to prop the back door open and go hide in the bathroom in order for him to feel comfortable enough to go outside. That was 3 years ago and he is now the king of the castle. He is an adorable long-haired chocolate tweenie named Topper.