7) Dachshunds Are Prone to Back Issues
The Dachshund breed is prone to a hereditary disease called Intervertebral Disk Disease, or IVDD, which can cause disks in a dog’s neck or back to rupture.
Less frequently, a Dachshund can have back problems from acute injury, like being hit by a car, or degeneration from old age.
One in four (1:4) Dachshunds will have back issues between the ages of 4 and 7 because they have IVDD.
If a Dachshund’s spinal disks crack or bulge, the result can be anything ranging from severe pain to paralysis.
Treatment can range from medication and 6-10 weeks of strict crate rest to surgery followed by crate rest.
Complimentary treatments like acupuncture, cold laser therapy, hydrotherapy, body conditioning exercises for dogs, and supplements can help in the recovery process and prevent future flare-ups.
Unfortunately, owning a Dachshund is kind of like roulette in regard to back issues. No reliable test exists to check for the genes that cause it.
The best thing you can do is learn as much as you can about the signs and symptoms of IVDD-related back pain in Dachshunds so you can catch it early if it happens to your dog. Fast and early treatment for IVVD is crucial.
If you have your eye on a particular Dachshund puppy from a breeder, be sure to ask about the parents – how many generations back does the breeder know about and were there any incidences of back issues (hint: there shouldn’t be).
Looking back at family history is no grantee your dog will be free from IVDD, or back issues, but it can help give you a good idea of how likely it is to happen.
8) Dachshunds Have a Big Dog Bark
Like people, dogs can have different “voices”. However, most Dachshunds have a bigger bark than you would expect to come from a small dog.
I can attest that at least one pizza delivery person thought there was Rottweiler inside my house when they knocked on our door.
Since they also like to hear themselves bark, this can cause problems in apartments, condos, and other close living quarters.
In fact, trying to teach a Dachshund to stop barking is one of an owners “favorite pastimes”.