Many parents think about bringing home a puppy for their kids. So naturally, the first thing they want to know is if the new dog is a good match for a family with small kids. Dachshunds are among the most popular small dog breeds in the world. Doxies are small and cute, they seem like an ideal dog for couples with babies, but are they really? Let’s find out.
What is a kid-friendly dog?
A kid-friendly dog is gentle with children, has a sturdy body that can stand all hugs and rough love that kid’s like to give to puppies. They also must be playful and willing to run around whenever the children want to play with the dog. Children-friendly dogs must also be patient with screaming children. They can’t easily be stressed by kids or find children annoying.
What about dachshunds?
So, do dachshunds fit the bill? Well, not really. Let’s see why. Dachshunds have small bodies and fragile backs, they can easily be injured by a child that doesn’t know how to handle sausage dogs. Dachshunds don’t have the body sturdiness for being a kid’s furry pal.
But what about their character? Dachshunds are smart and stubborn, they are notoriously difficult to train and always try to do what they want. Doxies are also very manipulative and motivated by food. This can be problematic because they will find a way to make children give them treats all the time, and even share their own food with them, or simply steal it right out of their hands. This can be bad for your dog because it can lead to obesity and can also be fed things like chocolates that are poisonous to dogs.
Dachshunds as family dogs
Sausage dogs are very keen on warmth and comfort, they are not very playful like other dogs, they do physical activities like going on walkies with their human. But they are not very fond of playing with kids.
In general dachshunds are great family dogs. They are loyal and incredibly loving and affectionate toward their family. They are also very protectives and distrusting of strangers. Doxies are a great companion for adults and teenagers, but they are not the best match for young children.
Of course, every dog is an individual, not all dachshunds are the same in terms of character. Dachshunds can be trained to be kid-friendly, but one unavoidable issue is their fragile backs. This is the main reason why dachshunds are not the best dogs for kids. The only way a dachshund can be a child’s companion is if the kid is taught to be dachshund friendly and handle them carefully not to hurt their backs.