Although, a Dachshund is fine for a novice dog owner, it will take a good deal of patience during the training process. They can either be stubborn or independent in though sometimes ignoring the wishes of their master. You will need to establish rule with this breed, and let them know that you are the pack leader.
Early socialization is vital with this breed because of their tendency to be aggressive and sometimes standoffish with strangers. In fact, a study by the Universty of Pennsylvania found that out of 6,000 dogs, the Dachshund was guilty of biting their owners, strangers and fellow dogs 20 percent of the time. This can be truncated with early socialization and a positive upbringing.
This breed does like chasing smaller animals as well as birds, so if you have those kind of pets, this dog may not be for you.
A Dachshund can be prone to severe health issues with their backs. Most owners of this breed recommend setting up a ramp or stepping platform for this dog. This will help relax the strain that their elongated body suffers.
Daily walks is always a good idea to keep this dog in tip top shape and not bored. Playing catch with a Frisbee or having them chase after a tennis ball will help keep them entertained and mentally stimulated.
Their ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid infections from fungus, bacteria and mites. Those big ears that droop can attract all kinds of nasty critters.