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Should You Get Two Dachshunds: Pros & Cons of a Pair

Should you get two dachshunds? It’s a question nearly all owners consider if they’ve got a single-dachshund home.

I’ll run through the pros and cons, as well as other information that will help you make this decision. Let’s discuss everything you need to know below!

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Do Dachshunds Need a Companion?

As Dachshunds are a breed that thrives on plenty of social interaction, having a constant companion will always be preferred over not having one.

While not strictly needed, it’s certainly the better option.

It’s well known that Dachshunds get lonely easily and don’t like being left alone for too long.

That being said, having a companion will help to avoid loneliness and the negative behavioral and emotional effects associated with spending too much time alone.

Are Dachshunds Better In Pairs?

You could opt to get another breed, but what about another Dachshund? Why not double down?

It’s no secret that Dachshunds love to have a play mate, and they typically love having another Dachshund as that play mate.

Of course, if you are getting two sibling dachshunds from the breeder, this is the ultimate scenario where it will work out effortlessly.

If you are looking to bring another Dachshund into your home with an existing Dachshund, then you’ll need to ensure both of them are socialized and trained in order for the relationship to work out smoothly. Still, this is also something you can work out slowly after the fact.

Owners that have two Dachshunds have told us they’re true partners in crimes. They absolutely thrive off each others similar temperament and personalities, and they find it easy to socialize with other.

Researchers are not sure whether breeds can actually recognize their own breed (likely not), but due to their similar size, looks, and temperament, two dachshunds usually get along super well with each other.

We can’t really conclude whether two dachshunds are “better” than one, but yes, they certainly love each others company.

Should You Get Two Dachshunds?

When considering whether to get two Dachshunds, it’s important to consider the following key questions.

➡️ Do you have the time and energy for two dogs?
Dachshunds are active, playful, and require regular exercise, mental stimulation, and companionship. Can you dedicate enough time each day to ensure both dogs are well taken care of? This includes feeding, exercise, training, grooming, and bonding time.

➡️ Can you afford to care for two dogs?
Keep in mind that adding another Dachshund to your household doubles the cost. Vet visits, vaccinations, preventative care, food, grooming supplies, toys, and potential emergencies can add up. It’s essential to take a hard look at your finances and ensure you can comfortably afford two dogs.

➡️ Do you have enough space?
While Dachshunds are small dogs, they still need enough space to move around, play, and have a quiet spot to retreat to. Your living situation will significantly impact the comfort and happiness of your dogs.

➡️ Are you prepared for potential behavioral issues?
Sometimes, having two dogs can lead to behavioral issues like resource guarding, jealousy, or littermate syndrome if they’re from the same litter. Are you equipped to handle these potential issues? Consulting a professional dog trainer or a behaviorist might be necessary.

➡️ Is your current Dachshund sociable and well-adjusted?
If you already have a Dachshund, consider their personality and behavior. Are they well-socialized and friendly with other dogs? Would they welcome a new companion, or could they see a newcomer as an intruder? It’s important to consider your current pet’s needs and feelings too.

➡️ Are you willing to go through the puppy phase again?
If you’re considering getting a second Dachshund as a puppy, remember that puppies require a lot of work. You’ll need to dedicate time to house training, basic obedience training, and socialization. Also, puppies have lots of energy and may disrupt the routine of an older dog.

Remember, every Dachshund has a unique personality, and there’s no guarantee that two will necessarily get along just because they’re of the same breed.

Littermate Syndrome & Dachshunds Explained

Littermate syndrome is a phenomenon where two puppies from the same litter (or of a similar age) form an intense bond with each other to the detriment of their relationship with humans. This is something to consider if you’re thinking about getting two Dachshunds at once.

According to respected veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, this syndrome can lead to behavioral issues such as extreme fearfulness of unfamiliar people, animals, and environments. To prevent this, it’s important to spend one-on-one time with each puppy, and encourage individual socialization and training sessions.

Littermate syndrome is simply something to be aware of, dachshunds are no more prone to this developing than other breeds.

Pros of Having Two Dachshunds

➡️ Companionship:
One of the biggest benefits of having two Dachshunds is the companionship they can provide for each other. Dogs are social animals and Dachshunds are no exception. Having a playmate around the same size and energy level can be a great source of entertainment and comfort, particularly when you’re not at home.

➡️ Exercise and Play:
Dachshunds have a natural zest for life and a playful spirit. A pair of these adorable dogs can play and exercise together, helping to burn off energy and stimulate their minds. This shared activity can be a great way to keep them both fit and healthy, while also reducing the possibility of boredom-related behavioral issues.

➡️ Socialization:
Having two dogs can provide constant opportunities for social interaction. This regular communication with a fellow canine can aid in teaching them appropriate behavior around other dogs, an essential skill for any dog’s wellbeing and happiness.

➡️ Mitigation of Separation Anxiety:
Some Dachshunds may struggle with separation anxiety when left alone. A second Dachshund in the household can help alleviate this stress by providing a comforting presence, reducing feelings of loneliness and anxiety when you’re not home.

Cons of Having Two Dachshunds

➡️ Increased Responsibility and Cost:
While having two Dachshunds can have its benefits, it’s important to consider the added responsibility and cost. Owning two dogs means twice the feeding, grooming, training, healthcare, and overall attention. The costs of veterinary care, food, toys, grooming supplies, and potential pet insurance can add up quickly, not to mention the additional time and effort required to care for two dogs instead of one.

➡️ Potential for Conflict:
Even with the most sociable breeds, there is always a risk of conflict when bringing another dog into the home. Conflicts can occur over resources like food, toys, or your attention. Even if the Dachshunds get along initially, changes in their environment or health can alter their behavior and relationship.

➡️ Space Considerations:
Dachshunds are small dogs, but they are also active and need room to run, play, and have their own space. Two dogs will require more space than one, both indoors and outdoors. This could be a potential issue if you live in a smaller apartment or don’t have access to a safe outdoor area.

➡️ Potential for Littermate Syndrome:
If you’re considering getting two Dachshund puppies at the same time, particularly from the same litter, there’s the risk of littermate syndrome. This condition can result in the dogs becoming overly dependent on each other, leading to anxiety, behavioral issues, and difficulty in training.

Choosing The Sex of Second Dachshund

There isn’t a definitive answer on whether two male, two female, or one of each sex Dachshunds get along better.

It often depends more on the individual dog’s personality, and how well they’ve been socialized.

That said, Stanford University’s School of Veterinary Medicine notes that, in general, a male and a female dog tend to get along better than two dogs of the same sex.

When To Get a Second Dachshund

Adding a second Dachshund to your family is a big decision.

If you’re considering getting a second Dachshund, it’s generally recommended to wait until your first Dachshund is at least a year old, and is fully trained.

This is to avoid the aforementioned littermate syndrome, and to ensure that your first Dachshund is well-settled and secure in your home.

In the end, whether or not to get a second Dachshund comes down to personal choice, lifestyle, and resources.

Just remember, each Dachshund is unique and requires love, attention, and care – whether they’re an only pet or have a furry sibling!

Do Dachshunds Need Another Dog? Or Are We Enough?

Another interesting question that’s usually next, is whether or not Dachshunds actually need another canine companion, or if we (you) are a good enough companion for them?

Surprising Answer!

Although having another canine-buddy is certainly ideal, in the eyes of your Dachshund, YOU are still the most important companion they could have.

The truth is that dogs can’t replace owners. And the companionship that you offer to your Dachshund will be regarded of higher value than that of another Dachshund (or any dog). This is due to the basic hierarchy analyzed in canines… You being the human owner will always be at the top, and therefore the most valuable companion.

Is there still a need to get a canine companion for your Dachshund if you are enough?

Technically, no. And a Dachshund can be just as happy if his/her owner is there to give enough of their love and attention. In the end, this truly depends on how much time you are able to spend with your Dachshund.

An additional canine companion will certainly improve your Dachshund’s life, but won’t serve as a replacement for the companionship that your Dachshund wants from you.

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Last Thoughts

Dachshunds are awesome, two dachshunds are double awesome.

If you’re ready for what it takes to own two of these little pups then go ahead and double up that cuteness.

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