Dachshunds have a reputation for being aggressive, stubborn, difficult to potty train, and lap dogs.
However, these are just stereotypes and generalizations that do not apply most Dachshunds.
In this blog post, I’ll be busting these five common misconceptions and showcasing the true nature of the breed
1) They’re Aggressive
A common stereotype is that Dachshunds are aggressive.
However, the perception of aggression is almost always due to behavior that is a result of improper training, socialization, or genetics.
2) They Can’t Be Trained
Time and time, in response to something said about training a Dachshund, I hear “Yeah, right!”
People are under the impression that Dachshunds can’t be trained so they either don’t try or give up after trying only once or twice.
But Dachshunds are very smart, and most are very food motivated and will do anything for it, so Dachshunds really aren’t that hard to train.
Dachshunds are often thought of as stubborn and defiant, but this is not the case.
Because they are independent thinkers, and highly intelligent, it is true that they have a tendency to do what they want without proper structure, boundary setting, and training.
Dachshund that are taught what behavior is acceptable, and what you want them to do instead of the undesired behavior, will be a relative breeze to live with.
Dachshunds may also be perceived as stubborn when they suddenly stop on a walk and refuse to budge.
4) They Can Never Be 100% Potty Trained
Potty training can be a challenge for any breed, not just Dachshunds.
While it can take more dedication and consistency with Dachshunds, it is possible to achieve 100% reliability in regard to potty training.
Believe it or not, it’s even possible to get a Dachshund to potty outside in the rain or cold consistently.
5) They Don’t Make Good Adventure Buddies
Just because Dachshunds are small, and they have a propensity for back problems, doesn’t mean they can’t handle outdoor activities.
As long as they’re in good physical condition, and the hike is appropriate for their abilities, Dachshunds can make great hiking companions.
There are also many benefits to traveling with a small dog and Dachshunds love to go with their people.
The stereotypes surrounding Dachshunds are generally not accurate and do not apply to all Doxies
Each Dachshund has their own unique personality and behavior.
It’s important to consider each Dachshund as an individual and not judge them based on generalizations and stereotypes.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.