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Rescuing Sweet Doxies: Guide to Finding and Adopting Dachshund Puppies (2024)

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dachshund rescue guide how to find one and what it will be likeLast week, we rescued six dachshund puppies from deplorable conditions.

As we nurtured them back to health, their playful, affectionate spirits shone through, reminding us why we advocate tirelessly for this breed.

If you long to make a positive difference in a doxie’s life, consider adoption.

With realistic expectations of their needs, you’ll discover the joys and challenges of dachshund companionship.

Key Takeaways

  • Research dachshund rescues online to find adoptable puppies in your area and submit an adoption application.
  • Expect to undergo a home visit and sign an adoption contract when working with a dachshund rescue organization.
  • Verify health tests and lineage records if adopting a dachshund puppy from a breeder rather than a rescue.
  • Trust your instincts when meeting potential dachshund puppies to adopt and evaluating your options.

Dachshund Puppy Characteristics

Dachshund Puppy Characteristics
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Dachshund puppies are petite, with standards reaching just 8-9 inches tall and 16-32 pounds.

Despite their small size, they have a big dog bark and energetic, spirited temperaments. With proper care and training, doxies make devoted companions in the right home.

Key considerations include potential back issues, regular exercise needs, and training challenges due to their stubborn streak.

Grooming and Health Needs

Grooming and Health Needs
You’ll need to stay on top of grooming as puppies grow, depending on their coat type:

  • Brush smooth-haired pups occasionally.
  • Frequently groom long-haired ones.
  • Hand strip wire-haired pups if the coat becomes matted.
  • Trim facial hair to avoid eye irritation.
  • Regularly clip nails to promote mobility.

Attend vet visits for vaccinations and preventative care. Spay/neuter by adoption contract timeframe.

Monitor for back issues – keep puppies slim and fit, provide ramps to avoid jumping on/off furniture.

With attentive grooming and preventative healthcare, dachshunds thrive in caring homes.

Training and Exercise

Training and Exercise
Leading those adorable pups on walks and play sessions will tighten your bond while protecting their backs.

As those inquisitive sniffers explore, reward wanted behaviors with treats and praise.

Their independence calls for patience with positive reinforcement.

Socialization classes prevent shyness and stimulate their minds.

Take advantage of that playfulness with games incorporating different textures and motions to challenge them.

Walks should stay short to avoid back injury but frequent to meet their energy needs.

You’ll soon have a devoted companion once Doxie behaviors are consistently encouraged.

Ultimately, the training and exercise you provide builds healthy muscles securing their long frames.

Ideal Human for a Dachshund

Ideal Human for a Dachshund
Being adaptable to apartments or larger homes while providing ample daily exercise, you’re an ideal dachshund owner by avoiding households with young children.

As an ideal human for a dachshund:

  • You have patience for training as a first-time dog owner.
  • You provide at least two daily walks for energy release.
  • You socialize them in puppy classes to build confidence.
  • You consider adopting from a dachshund rescue.
  • You research reputable breeders if going that route.

Despite their stubborn nature, dachshunds can thrive with first-time owners in any living situation. By providing proper exercise and training, you set them up for a long, healthy life span.

With realistic expectations about their protective tendencies, an adult-only home is best.

Acquiring a Dachshund Puppy

Acquiring a Dachshund Puppy
Whether you’re set on adopting or going the breeder route, finding the perfect doxie pup takes dedication.

Let’s look at your options – we can point you toward reputable rescues and breeders, but the legwork’s on you to ensure you find an ethical source.

With some strategic searching and asking the right questions, you’ll be prepared when bringing home your bouncing bundle of dachshund joy.

Adopting Dachshund Puppies

Many of you are considering adopting one of these sweet doxies as a new furry friend.

When choosing breeds, research dachshund rescues online for adoptable puppies.

The adoption process involves:

  • Submitting an application
  • Home visits
  • Signing a contract once approved

Consider training tips and health care needs when adopting a doxie.

With some effort, you can rescue an energetic pup to join your family.

Finding a Dachshund Breeder

Once you’ve explored dachshund puppy adoption opportunities, finding a reputable breeder requires researching credentials to source healthy pups ethically.

  • Verify health tests and lineage records.
  • Meet parent dogs and puppies.
  • Ask about breeder policies and practices.
  • Understand puppy care and training.
  • Trust instincts when evaluating options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are common behavioral issues to expect in an adopted adult dachshund?

Unfortunately, adult rescued dachshunds often struggle with:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Stubbornness
  • Barking

Patience and positive reinforcement training are key.

Never punish unwanted behaviors.

Instead, reward calm, quiet moments.

With time and love, these sweet dogs blossom in their new, permanent homes.

How can I prepare my home before bringing home an adopted dachshund?

Puppy-proof your home by:

  • Securing cords
  • Removing small objects
  • Installing baby gates
  • Covering crates and beds
  • Providing appropriate chew toys
  • Designating potty areas
  • Preparing a safe space when you can’t supervise

The key is managing the environment to prevent destructive behaviors while building trust.

What supplies will I need to buy ahead of time for my adopted dachshund?

You’ll need enough supplies for quadruplets!

Stock up on:

  • Chew toys
  • Comfy beds
  • Nutritious treats
  • Puppy pads
  • Combs
  • Nail clippers

Anything to keep your energetic new friend healthy, safe, and feeling cared for as you welcome them into your family.

What type of daily routine and schedule should I plan to provide structure for my adopted dachshund?

Establish a daily routine with:

  • Regular playtime
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Potty breaks
  • Puppy kindergarten classes
  • Enforced naptimes

Structure provides security and meets your dachshund’s needs.

Slowly introduce schedule changes to ease anxiety.

What adoption fees are typical and what is included (spay/neuter, vaccinations, etc.)?

Do you ever wonder what adoption fees provide beyond finding a furever home?

Typically $250-500, they cover medical care like spays, neuters, shots, and more so all pups have a healthy start.

Rest assured the fees support the rescue so we can save even more lives.


The unconditional love of a doxie will fill your days with joy once you open your heart and home.

With realistic expectations of their spirited temperament, these devoted companions reward adopters richly.

Contact local rescues and shelters to find your new best friend – a sweet dachshund pup eagerly awaiting a lifetime of cuddles by your side.

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief with a team of qualified veterinarians, their goal? Simple. Break the jargon and help you make the right decisions for your furry four-legged friends.