Are Dachshunds a Good Breed for Families With Children?
Are You Looking to Get a New Dog for Your Family?
Perhaps you love dachshunds, but are wondering if one would be the right fit with your children. The good news is, Dachshunds can be a great breed for families with kids. As with any breed, every dog is different and you’ll always want to supervise interactions between your pets and young children.
Also, if you are planning on adopting a dachshund (or any other dog) from a shelter, learn what you can about its past to ensure it hasn’t had any bad experiences with young children.
There are Four Reasons you will be Glad You Chose This Breed as Your Family Pet:
#1. They Love Cuddling
They love cuddling up with a beloved family member. They will also typically allow children to pet or pat them, as long as they are being gentle. When you welcome your new dog into your home, let them settle in and begin to feel comfortable first. Then, you can encourage them to come and snuggle up with your children.
#2. They Watch Over Children
Dachshunds often act like a watchdog and can become very protective of ‘their’ people. They are always on the lookout for potential dangers and threats to those they love. This trait can cause them to bark at people who approach your home or at strangers they may encounter when out for a walk. Dachshunds like belonging to a pack and will make your family their new pack. Their job then becomes to ensure the safety of all the pack’s members.
#3. They Love to Play
Dachshunds can be very active and playful. In fact, getting enough exercise each day is important to their overall health and well-being. When this breed gets enough exercise, it can help them stay out of trouble and maintain a healthy weight. Teaching your child how to safely play with your dog can help them get this essential exercise. It can also help deepen the connection your child and pup feel towards each other. You could also set up a time each day for a family walk to let everyone get some much-needed exercise together.
#4. They are Adventurous
Finally, dachshunds can be very adventurous. They love getting out and exploring new places with their families. This makes them an excellent pet to bring along for family vacations, such as camping, hiking, or even swimming.
If you have young children, you will want to be sure they know to be gentle with your dog, and due to their long bodies, it’s important to teach them how to properly hold a Dachshund.
A Dachshund is a Loving and Loyal Family Pet
As you can see, there are many reasons your family will love having a Dachshund as a pet. They’ll quickly become a cherished member of your family and if handled correctly, have a loving and lasting relationship with the children in your family.
Do you have a Dachshund and children in your own home? Let us know in the comments below!