RMDR & Dachshunds
Frequently Asked Questions
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When was Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue founded?

Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue was founded in 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah by a dedicated group of dachshund lovers!

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Is Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue a non-profit?

Yes! Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue (RMDR) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue's tax identification number is 88-3314809.

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What does Rocky Mountain Dachshund do with donations?

Donations to Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue are typically used to cover the vet bills. A small amount helps us run the rescue on the operations side (Website, PO Box, etc.). Our volunteers are unpaid and RMDR has no paid employees. Donors can specify which dog they want to help if they would like to.

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What are Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue's adoption fees?

Puppies thru 1 yr $600.00
Young Dog 2 thru 7 yr $500.00
Adult Dog 8 thru 11 yr $300.00
Senior Dog 12+ yr $250.00
Bonded Pair Puppies thru 7 yr $650.00
Bonded Pair 8+ yr $400.00
Special Needs* $150.00

Special Needs” means considerable medical or other issues for the dog.

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What states does Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue work with?

RMDR accepts dachshunds from the Rocky Mountain region: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Why do people volunteer with Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue?

People volunteer with Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue to help rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need, as well as to support the organization's mission and contribute to the welfare of the breed and reduce suffering of this breed.

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What is a home-based foster organization?

Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue is a home-based foster organization. We do not have a physical building. We operate primarily through a network of volunteer foster homes rather than a central facility. Our foster volunteers open their homes and hearts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for dachshunds in need. In this way, homeless dachshunds are placed in temporary foster homes where they receive care, socialization, and sometimes training until they are adopted into permanent homes.

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Where does Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue get dogs from?

Owner Surrenders: People who can no longer care for their dachshunds may surrender them to RMDR due to reasons such as moving, financial difficulties, or changes in family circumstances.

Shelters: Some dachshunds end up in shelters due to being stray or abandoned. Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue works with shelters to rescue dachshunds in need of care and rehoming.

Other Rescue Groups: Sometimes rescue organizations collaborate and transfer dogs between each other to ensure they find suitable homes.

Owner-Assisted Adoption: In some cases, owners who are unable to keep their dachshunds may work directly with RMDR to find a new home for their dog without formally surrendering them.

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What are some dachshund fun facts?

Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers, and their name translates to "badger dog" in German. They have a unique elongated body and short legs that allow them to dig into burrows.

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Are there any famous dachshunds?

Yes, there have been a few famous dachshunds over the years, including Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, who gained fame on social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube. A few more famous dachshunds are King Kingsley, Moonpie, Starbox and WillieBoy. Of cource we think that all RMDR dogs are ROCKSTARS!

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What famous people have been owned by dachshunds?

Some famous people who have been owned by dachshunds include Andy Warhol, Ashley Olsen, Audrey Hepburn, Christian Slater, Clint Eastwood, David Bowie, David Hasselhoff, George Harrison, Jack Black, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Josh Duhamel, Kim Cattrall, Kirsten Dunst, Leonard Nimoy, Liz Taylor, Picasso, Steve Schirripa and John F. Kennedy.

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What are the breed traits of a dachshund?

Dachshunds are known for their independent nature, intelligence, courage, stubborn and some bark more than others. They are also loyal and affectionate companions.

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What are the sizes of dachshunds?

Dachshunds come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Standard dachshunds typically weigh between 16-32 pounds, while miniature dachshunds weigh 11 pounds or less. Toy dachshunds are even smaller.

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What type of coats do dachshunds have?

Dachshunds can have three coat types: smooth (short hair), long hair, and wirehair. Each type requires different grooming needs.

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What are the dachshund mix types?

Common dachshund mixes include:
Chiweenie (Chihuahua Dachshund)
Doxle (Beagle Dachshund)
Dorgi (Dachshund Corgi)
Doxiepoo (Dachshund Poodle)
Golden Dox (Golden Retriever Dachshund)
Daug (Dachshund Pug)
Dachsador (Dachshund Labrador Retriever)
Dorkie (Dachshund Yorkshire Terrier)
Jackshund (Jack Russell Terrier Dachshund)
Schweenie (Shih Tzu Dachshund)

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How do I dachshund-proof my house?

Its very much like baby-proofing your home. Dachshunds are curious and energetic dogs, so it's essential to keep small objects, electrical cords, and hazardous substances out of their reach. Also, make sure to secure trash cans and block off any areas where they could get stuck.

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How much exercise does a Dachshund need?

Dachshunds require regular exercise, but the amount can vary based on factors such as age, health, and individual personality. Generally, a daily walk or playtime in a fenced yard is sufficient for meeting their exercise needs.

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Why is jumping (ie: from the couch) bad for dachshunds?

Dachshunds are prone to back problems, including intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), so jumping or activities that strain their back should be minimized to prevent injury.

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Dachshunds and small childern is that a good mix?

Dachshunds can be good family pets, but they may not be the best choice for households with very young children who may not understand how to handle them gently. Like many dogs, Dachshunds are opportunistic when it comes to taking food and treats from small hands, which can sometimes result in nips or bites.

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Would you like FREE Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue stickers?

If so, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue, PO BOX 522461, Salt Lake City, UT 84152. Limit 1 request per household. Don't forget to include a note sharing your experience with the RMDR website. We're excited to hear from you!

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Where does the word dachshund come from?

Dachshund is a German word, in modern Germany, the dogs are more commonly known by the short name Dackel. Working dogs are less commonly known as Teckel.

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What were dachshunds bred for?

Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany for hunting badgers and other burrowing animals.

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Why do dachshunds need ramps?

Dachshunds have a long back and short legs, making them prone to back problems. Using ramps instead of stairs can help prevent injuries from jumping on and off furniture or climbing stairs.

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What vaccinations should ALL dogs get?

All dogs should receive core vaccinations, including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Additional vaccinations may be recommended based on the dog's lifestyle and risk factors.

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Why should all dogs have dental checkups?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining a dog's oral health and preventing dental issues such as periodontal disease, which can lead to pain (decay/infection), tooth loss, fistulas, and other health problems.

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Why does RMDR prefer a fenced yard for our rescue dogs?

Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue prefers a fenced yard for their rescue dogs to provide them with a safe and secure environment where they can exercise and play without the risk of escaping or getting lost.

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Why do you spay and neuter rescue dogs?

Spaying and neutering rescue dogs helps control the pet population, prevent unwanted litters or breeders abuse, and reduce the risk of certain health problems, such as reproductive cancers and tumors.

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Why is getting your dog microchipped important?

Microchipping your dog provides a permanent form of identification that can help reunite you with your pet if they become lost or stolen. It's a simple and effective way to increase the chances of a happy reunion. Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue microchips all dogs that come in to the rescue.

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What are the types of coat patterns for dachshunds?

Apart from the signature black and tan coat color, Dachshunds also dawn red, blue, fawn, and cream color coats. These colors make unique and beautiful combinations with various coat patterns common among Dachshunds like dapple, merle, and brindle.

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What food should dachshunds avoid?

Dachshunds should steer clear of foods toxic to dogs, including chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and peanut butter containing xylitol, as well as foods high in fat. Additionally, their dietary requirements may vary based on age and health conditions.

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Can I give my dog Peanut Butter?

A lot, okay most, dogs like peanut butter, but some brands of peanut butter like contain xylitol. Peanut butter without xylitol is safe for dogs and can be a healthy treat in moderation due to hydrogenated fat, mono diglycerides, sugar. As per Healthiest Peanut Butters For Dogs (50+ Tested) By Dr Sara, DVM on doglab.com Popular brands like Skippy, Jif and Peter Pan are xylitol free. Remember to carefully read the label to ensure it’s safe for your furry friend.

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What plants should dachshunds avoid?

Dachshunds should avoid plants that are toxic to dogs, including lilies, tulips, azaleas, and poinsettias.

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Where can I get a Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue shirt?

You can find shirts and other items available in our online RMDR shop.