Miniature Dachshund Dogs
Dachshunds may look cute and cuddly, but they are tirelessly energetic, clever and curious—some might even say “intense.” Always up for a walk or a game in the park, they can easily get bored when left to their own devices for too long. Sometimes, that can involve chewing things.
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- up to 11 pounds
- 5 - 7 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- City dwellers
- Families with older children
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- Small, long and short
- Tenacious and high-spirited
- Bold and clever
What They Are Like to Live With
Though very loyal to their owners, Miniature Dachshunds can take time to warm up to other people. This is not always bad: Their (sometimes) relentless barking at the sign of strangers makes them an extremely handy-albeit tiny-guard dog.
Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around, they will frolic: chasing small animals, fervently barking and possibly digging a few holes. They will also be happy in an apartment (they are among the most popular city dogs), but require lots of play, interaction and regular walks to stay in physical and mental shape.
Things You Should Know
Dachshunds are proud and bold. With proper attention, positive reinforcement and training, they will surprise you with a lovable and dependable temperament. They thrive with single people or families with older children. Very young children could lack the necessary patience and maturity required with Dachshunds.
Miniature dachshunds are prone to back problems, due to their relatively long spine and short rib cage. If allowed to jump down from a bed or couch, they can easily slip a disk. For this reason, it is also important to hold them properly, supporting their full frame.
Also, be sure to ration their food appropriately: Dachshunds can gain weight quickly, causing more back problems and other issues.
A healthy Miniature Dachshund can live as long as 16 years, providing years of fun and companionship.
Miniature Dachshund History
A breed dating back to at least the Middle Ages, Dachshunds-coming from the German dach, which means “badger,” and hund, which means “dog” - were used widely in 17th century Germany as hunting dogs. Their short, sleek frames and an incredible sense of smell allowed them to hunt above ground, below ground and track animals for days at a time. Various sizes were developed over the years-i.e., smaller Dachshunds for hunting foxes and larger Dachshunds for hunting boar-and in 1895 the Dachshund Club of America began to promote the breed in the U.S. Dachshunds can be found in three sizes: Normal, Miniature and Toy.
The Look of a Miniature Dachshund
The Dachshund “look” is hard to miss: low, long and short with a body that somehow stays solid and balanced in spite of its squat frame. Its convex head is erect and alert with ears that hang low and a pair of friendly oval eyes. The base of the neck slopes down to a protruding chest and a tighter abdomen, and the tail follows the line of the back. Miniature Dachshunds come in three varieties— smooth, longhaired and wire-haired—and colors can vary from solids of red, tan or yellow or combinations of chocolate, black and gray (among others). See Small Dog Breeds.
Talk About Miniature Dachshunds
Stubborn but devoted
I agree with what I read above, but was surprised not to see stubbornness listed as one of the Dachshund's traits. This makes Dachshunds a little harder to train than most other dogs. But their devotion to their owners and strong wish to please, and their extreme intelligence, makes up for their obstinacy.
The type of work they were bred for makes this stubborn streak a necessity. I don't like my miniature Dachshunds using stairs, especially as they are a relatively excitable breed and can almost literally throw themselves down the stairs to greet you, so we have made a ramp for our dogs to use. Even Jessika at 9 weeks old learned how to use it, catflaps and all, after being shown only once. You have to be very firm with them. "Boss Dog" (that's you) uses the door and the steps and they want to do what the "Boss Dog" does!
Dachshunds have a huge amount of charm and, while they might back away from your friends, barking all the time, they will show no timidity in trying to get at "prey" that has a strong advantage over them. In our case the "prey" is possums, introduced into New Zealand from Australia. Possums are vermin in New Zealand and they are much larger than their Australian cousins, while their claws make them very dangerous when cornered. My Dachshunds attracted a lot of attention from children when I lived in Auckland. I had to smile when I heard, "Mummy! Look at the puppies!" The two Dachshunds concerned were most definitely middle-aged.
~Laraine Anne B., owner of a Miniature Dachshund
Sometimes they don't know how to stop running
My Miniature Dachshund is the most loving dog I've ever had. He needs to be physically close a lot of the time and is extremely loyal. When he's awake, be prepared for lots of energetic play. They can get fixated on something and will not let go. An example of this is my own dog's extreme fixation on rocks. At the beach he spends a great deal of time digging up the largest ones he can find and, after digging a fresh hole, moving said rock! Quite the spectacle!
Be prepared to give your puppy/dog a lot of attention. Do not leave him alone for any length of time. This is not a great dog for a person who works long hours. They will run and run almost indefinitely and have to be monitored in this regard, as they sometimes don't know how to stop.
This extremely loving and affectionate breed will give you more than you can ever imagine. Smart and easy to train, their intelligence is hard to hide. They seem to be able to read minds -- human ones at least.
~Pamela A., owner of a Miniature Dachshund
Life with a mini Dach
We live in an apartment with our five-year-old Mini Dachshund -- she weighs about 6 lbs. We walk her five to six times a day on her leash, because she will take off when she sees squirrels or cats. She's very interested in everybody and everything. She loves the car and walking through the woods, with her nose always to the ground.
Our mini was raised with two much larger dogs, so she's learned to hold her own. She's very social with the neighbors and always wants to meet new people. She has been a dream to live with, what a doll! She was the runt of her litter but acts like a giant!
~Pat H., owner of a Mini Dachshund
A fantastic addition to any home -- but be patient!
We have a mini dachshund who is smooth black and tan. She is almost nine months old. She is a fantastic addition to our family, although she refuses point blank to wee outside at home. She is very headstrong, but we are sure with time and patience she'll get the idea.
We spoil her rotten and she loves to play with our eight-year-old. She is incredibly intelligent, and enjoys a warm lap and a fuss. Our little lady can run very fast and zooms around, then stops and sleeps the rest of the day.
~Yates family, owner of a Miniature Dachshund
Likes to chase the chickens
We have a 6-month-old longhaired mini dachshund named Molly and she is the sweetest thing alive. From the day we got her she hasn't been shy or standoffish. She loves people and loves lying on our laps every chance she gets.
We live in the country with a large yard and she loves playing outdoors. We have 15 chickens that she absolutely loves chasing!.
The one downside is that she was pretty difficult to housebreak. It took months and lots of patience (which ran thin sometimes), but she eventually got it and is such a joy in our life!
~Sarah L, owner of a Miniature Dachshund
Loyal but stubborn
My 6-year-old Mini is my entire world. She is very bright, extremely lovable, and always affectionate. She is a shorthaired mini, black with a bit of brown.
This breed is very loyal, but ours tends to be stubborn. She always knows when she's wrong, but loves to prove a point; it's quite cute how this shows her personality. She is very social.
Living with my mini is so enjoyable. When sleeping she loves to tunnel her way into blankets and stay close to my side. We always have to be careful when sitting on a bed as she might be under the covers! She goes on daily walks and has recently been able to come off the leash, as she will not go far from me in public.
She is the first small dog I have owned (after previously owning German Shepherds), but I wouldn't change her for the world. They are amazing dogs, and nonstop fun.
~Alyssa, owner of a Miniature Dachshund
Cocky and intelligent
We acquired our mini dach as a surprise gift from a friend. Neither me or my partner have had very good experiences with dachs until this little one came into our lives. He is brave, lovable, and fun to watch as he is so cocky and and relentlessly persistent when he wants to fetch.
He also adores his big brother, a miniature Schnauzer who is a year older than he. He loves people, although he warns us when anyone approaches the house. He is extremely intelligent and is easily trainable. The only negative is that he poops and pees in the house when left alone: "I'll show you guys not to leave me."
~Joy M, owner of a Miniature Dachshund