Are Dachshunds Good Apartment Dogs?

by Betty Lewis
Despite his size, the dachshund is an ideal watchdog because of his strong bark.

Despite his size, the dachshund is an ideal watchdog because of his strong bark.

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Now that you're settled in your new apartment, there's just one piece missing to turn your space into home, sweet home: a dog. Small dogs are often the first choice for apartment dwellers because their size is suitable for close quarters. In most cases, the dachshund is a good choice for an apartment mate.

Size and Finish

When it comes to the dachshund, you have choices. The miniature stands 5 to 6 inches at the shoulder and weighs up to 11 pounds. The standard dachshund carries 16 to 32 pounds and stands between 8 and 9 inches. In addition to size, you can choose according to his coat: wirehaired, longhaired or smooth coat. All are energetic and brave, however, the wirehaired tends to be frisky, eager to explore and occasionally gets into trouble. The longhaired is more reserved and laid back, while the smooth coat is in the middle, not as playful as the wirehaired or as quiet as the longhaired.

Living Small

Patient, consistent training can make any dachshund a good candidate for apartment living. Don't let this guy's small size fool you; his little legs need daily exercise. Two walks a day will help him burn off his energy and make him a happier pup. Provide him with some blankets to burrow in while you're gone because the dachshund is a natural digger. The potential downside to the dachshund in an apartment is his watchdog behavior; he will bark if he thinks his home needs protecting, so consider your neighbors when you bring this pup home.

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