This type of close relationship of dog and handler is not for everyone; you must decide whether it is right for you. The chances are that you will be very disappointed, if you leave your dachshund in a kennel with little attention beyond feed and water from one hunting season to the next.

The hunting dachshunds have their inconvenience in the sense that they are bred to be tough working dogs first and not bland, "lawn cruising" pets. They do require quite a bit of exercise and obedience training. The strong will that keeps them working through wet and cold for many hours can also come out as stubbornness and independence. Most of them are excellent with children when handled right, under supervision of adults, but some individuals are possessive enough so that an infant should not try to take a bone or a biscuit away from them. We do not let our puppies go until we are thoroughly aware of their temperament. We try to match the personality of the puppy to the needs of the particular family.

In the United States the dachshund is classified as a scent hound, but psychologically it differs substantially from other small scent hounds such as beagles. To be happy and to work well a tracking dachshund needs more human attention than most beagles do. Dachshunds do not have much pack instinct as they they were never developed to work in a pack of dogs the way beagles do.  They have a capacity to develop a close intuitive relationship with their handler. The handler-dachshund relationship develops best if the dog lives in the house as part of the family.

Our best tracking dachshunds have all been housedogs who usually stay in their kennel for part of the day. There has been never a problem of them lacking toughness and stamina on the trail in freezing beaver swamps and vast thickets of briars. In making our dogs part of the family we have followed the German practice that is widely accepted there.

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