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Dachshunds are playful, but can be stubborn, and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals,
birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a
challenge to train. Several quotes have been recorded regarding the training of dachshunds; one is from E. B.

"Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every
sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and
temperament of the dachshund and why he can't be trained and shouldn't be. I would rather train a striped
zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address
Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something
he wants to do.

They have a loud bark and without proper training they can become nuisance barkers. Dachshunds are
known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners, though they can be standoffish towards strangers. If left
alone, many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. Like many dogs if left alone too frequently,
some dachshunds are prone to separation anxiety and may chew objects in the house to relieve stress. They
rank 49th in Stanley Coren's Intelligence of Dogs, being of average working and obedience intelligence.

Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak, and patience and consistency is often needed in this endeavor.

According to the American Kennel Club’s breed standards, "the dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to
the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. Any
display of shyness is a serious fault." Their temperament and body language give the impression that they do
not know or care about their relatively small size. Like many small hunting dogs, they will challenge a larger
dog. Indulged dachshunds may become snappy or extremely obstinate.

Many dachshunds do not like unfamiliar people, and many will growl or bark at them. Although the dachshund
is generally an energetic dog, some are sedate. This dog's behavior is such that it is not the dog for
everyone. A bored, untrained dachshund will become destructive. If raised improperly and not socialized at a
young age, dachshunds can become aggressive or fearful. They require a caring owner who understands
their need for entertainment and exercise.

Dachshunds may not be the best pets for small children. Like any dog, dachshunds need a proper
introduction at a young age. Well trained Dachshunds and well behaved children usually get along fine.
Otherwise, they may be aggressive and bite an unfamiliar child, especially one that moves quickly around
them or teases them. However, many Dachshunds are very tolerant and loyal to children within their family,
but these children should be mindful of the vulnerability of the breed's back and not carry them around

A 2008 University of Pennsylvania study of 6,000 dog owners who were interviewed indicated that dogs of
smaller breeds were more likely to be "genetically predisposed towards aggressive behaviour". Dachshunds
were rated the most aggressive, with 20% having bitten strangers, as well as high rates of attacks on other
dogs and their owners. The study noted that attacks by small dogs were unlikely to cause serious injuries and
because of this were probably under-reported.
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