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15 Most Hated Dog Breeds of All Time

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12. Dachshund

While many of the most hated breeds weight over 50 pounds, the Dachshund proves that even a little dog can develop a bad reputation. This canine is very distinctive in its appearance. Most people recognize them for their long body and short legs, which earns them the label of “wiener dog”.

Dachshunds come in three main sizes, both of which are relatively small. The kaninchen (or “rabbit”) size weighs 8 to 11 pounds, the miniature weighs under 12 pounds and the standard grows to between 16 to 32 pounds. What the Dachshund lacks in size it makes up for in temperament.

Owners love their Dachshunds because of their playful nature, but also find their stubborn attitudes to be a big challenge when training. Statistically this breed is more aggressive to other canines and strangers compared to almost any other dog breed. Most Dachshunds will growl or bark at people they don’t know, a problem which can escalate if the dog isn’t properly socialized.

To make matters worse, Dachshunds are also difficult to train. They generally follow commands over 50% of the time, but their stubbornness can steer them in a direction their owner does not want them to go. They are prone to suffering from separation anxiety which can cause damage to property if not controlled. Housebreaking is also difficult, which doesn’t help to improve the way they are viewed by people who have no experience raising Dachshunds.

When introduced at an early age and frequently socialized, a Dachshund can learn how to live harmoniously with children in the household. They should be closely monitored or separated from unfamiliar children because they will become aggressive if a child moves quickly or starts to tease them.

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 found that 6,000 dog owners indicated that small breeds were more likely to be “genetically predisposed towards aggressive behavior” with the Dachshund rated as the most aggressive.

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