Why should I let my daughter get a Dachshund?
I have a very responsible 12 year old daughter at home, she has wanted a Dachshund for a long time.
Why should i let her get one?
This is a difficult question to answer as I don't know your full situation, but here are a few thoughts that come to mind and that you might want to take into consideration when making your decision...
Dogs can offer emotional support and unconditional love to their owners and become a much-loved and valued companion/friend.
Taking care of a puppy or dog requires patience, empathy, responsibility and accountability... plus a fair amount of time and hard work!
Owning and caring for a puppy or dog can be expensive, particularly at first when shots/deworming/initial equipment purchases are at their highest, and it's important that any potential owners realize this. Consumables such as food and treats will be an ongoing expense and veterinary care isn't cheap.
..... Whether or not you allow your daughter to get a pup/dog depends on so many things including
* Home and lifestyle
* Available time
* The entire families' feelings/desires
As for the Dachshund breed in particular, it's really a matter of personal choice. These dogs make great family pets and are bright, active, loving and fun. Even though they're available in a number of sizes, they're all small dogs and do well in a variety of home situations or environments.
They are terriers so need to be kept active and busy particularly as puppies, and may be a little stubborn or willful at times. They are generally friendly and are good with other dogs/cats, but not with small animals such as hamsters due to their vermin-hunting background! They're also very people friendly.
If your daughter is responsible and her desire for a Dachshund isn't a whim, then if you feel that she will be able to give this dog the time, attention, love and care that it needs and you are happy to add a dog to your home, it may be something that will enrich your lives greatly.
But, if you feel it will be a strain financially, emotionally or in any other way then it's best not to take on a responsibility that your family won't be able to maintain. If that happens, then hearts will be broken, or worse, and this pup may end up losing the only home and family he/she knows.
Only you and your daughter/family can make this decision and I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide.
I'd recommend that you both check out these pages on my website as they will help you with this whole decision:
Choosing A Puppy
Best Dog Breeds For Children
New Puppy Care
New Puppy Checklist
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