I disagree to the fact of Bassets. They are not trainable at all. They do have there own mind and great effort to hunt. So if you have cats around, Good luck.
Sorry, I beg to differ...
Bassets are not hunting dogs, they are tracking dogs. The difference is that a hunting dog was bred to kill and a tracking dog was bred to track the pray and not kill it.
Ever owned a basset Malealea?
I have one. I do not have cats but he often visits my son whose tenant does own a cat and there is no problem. He will put his nose to the ground and go around in circles following a track but he never even chases after a bird.
Oh and... there is no such thing as an untrainable dog. If bassets are so untrainable, I must have one of a kind.... in fact three of a kind.
That is def. not a good Idea. A Dachhumd is a hunter aswell, but by far better trainable, but in Germany these Dogs are well knwon to have snap quite easily. I would be very carefull. Maybe a Collie is a good deal at all.
Here you are correct. Dachshunds were bred for hunting and they will chase after a smaller animal so if you have rats and mice and kittens running around the house, you might have a problem. My dachshund is 12 years old, I've had her since she was 10 days old. She's met many cats before and never killed one, in fact she is so tiny she will come off second best. Mice, birds and such might very well be prey to her.
The solution is socialization and if a dachshund was brought up in a household with cats, they see one another as part of the pack. I am able to give you many examples of duchsies living quite peacefully with cats.
Just as a matter of interest, even a collie will snap if it's not properly been trained and socialized. I had a collie many years ago what came from an abandoned litter. Even with lots of love and attention, she was still very afraid of people and fearful dogs often snap.
I'm not sure how the dogs you refer to were integrated into a family situation or trained but I can assure you that all the members contributing to this thread see their animals as part of their family and treat them as such.