Why It’s Hard To Wait
Get Ready! It may be a bumpy road ahead. Waiting for your doxie’s first birthday has it’s challenges. Here is what to expect from your Dachshund when they start going through puberty (before they turn one). It’s also what will happen going forward if they don’t get fixed at all.
When my Dachshund’s vet asked me to wait on Eko’s surgery until he turned one, she also added “If you can wait that long.” She emphasized that his male hormones would be showing up and that can bring on a whole different personality. Well, she was correct.
Around 10 months of age, my Dachshund, Eko, started showing aggression when he had a toy, a bone, or food. This is often called possession aggression. In the past, I noticed some very mild aggression from my first Dachshund, Reno…but, not like this!
In the moment of Eko’s aggression, his eyes literally turned all black, he showed his teeth, sounded off a deep growl, and even gave a hard bite to my husband’s hand.
Our sweet and innocent doxie pup had turned into a little devil dog in a quick instant. My husband and I were in shock! It felt very much like a bazar transition from Dr. Jekll to Mr. Hyde.
Eko was showing us for the first time how strong his male hormones really were. Folks, this was a first for me. As I read a little more on the subject and heard from other Dachshund parents going through the same thing, I found that this is not a “new behavior” for Dachshunds at this age. It is one of the major reasons why many of us get our Dachshunds fixed.
When Eko turned one, we didn’t hesitate to get him fixed because of the change in his behavior. It was about a month after his surgery that we noticed a big difference in his aggression level. I would describe it as going from a possessed devil dog down to a bratty teenager, which is a lot more tolerable.
Oh, the Pee! I always tease my husband that having 10 Dachshunds is on my ultimate bucket list. His response is always: “How would we clean up all the pee?” Dachshunds tend to hold magic reserve tanks of urine. Even after being properly potty trained, pee still finds it’s way into the home.
Intact Dachshunds will heavily mark certain spots on the rug or furniture to stake their claim… It’s mine! After being fixed, about 50-60% of dogs stop marking in the home. That’s right, not all of them, but most of them will stop this stinky behavior.
You knew this one was coming up, right? My first Mini Dachshund, Reno, had the humping issue when he was a young pup. He would ravish my couch pillows and any stuffed animals he could get his little paws wrapped around.
After he had his way with them, he was so exhausted he could barely move. He was like a machine!
It got so bad that it felt more like an addiction that he couldn’t stop. It had a strong grasp on him. After Reno was fixed, there was no more of this behavior…it was gone!
Waiting for your doxie to reach that golden age of 1 can be really hard, but it is worth the wait to lower the health risks listed above.
I understand that this particular subject can get a bit heated with different opinions. If some doxie parents decide not to fix their dachshund, that’s fine. No two doxies are the same. If your dachshund was fixed very early in life and had no health issues, I am glad to hear it.
Please know, waiting to get your Dachshund fixed after going through puberty will reduce the risk of development issues and health risks. This does not mean it will make them Disease Free, IVDD Free, or cause them to act like a perfect angel…we are still talking about Dachshunds, right?
Thanks so much for reading about the 5 Reasons Why You Should Wait To Fix Your Dachshund.