Dachshund (Miniature)

Dog Breed Profile
Dachshund Miniature

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Stats:
• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Moderate tolerance to heat
• Moderate tolerance to cold

Overview:

The Miniature Dachshund is a low-profile dog breed that has a great ability to reach inside places most dogs can’t and they still have excellent jaw strength to enable it to overcome its prey. He’s a confident dog with great hunting instinct, which has served him well since he was first bred in the 1500s in Germany.

He’s curious and is always on the lookout for an adventure. The miniature Dachshund is smaller than the standard dachshund, but retains all the personality qualities and lovability of the breed. Nothing has been sacrificed in the smaller breed, except, of course, size.

He’s happy hunting and digging and tracking scents, and although he does enjoy his independence, he loves to spend time with his family whenever possible. He is great with the children in his own family but when confronted by other children they have been known to snap, so supervision is always a good idea when children are involved..

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors, and are suitable for country and city living
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include eye issues
  • Grooming needs include regular brushing and the occasional trip to the salon depending on hair type.
  • The Miniature Dachshund is a friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young (with supervision) and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 1 to 11lbs and 5 to 6 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 1 to 11lbs and 5 to6 inches tall

Care & Health:

Dachshunds are an active breed, but they are quite content with a walk on a leash or playtime in a fenced in yard. He can adapt to city life as easily as life in the country as long as he gets regular exercise to avoid obesity.

He prefers to sleep indoors with his family, like most hounds, and truly is a sociable creature with those he knows and trusts.

Grooming is fairly simple, as a short coat requires once a week brushing and the long coat does better with twice a week brushing to remove dead hairs. They all appreciate a trip to the salon occasionally for a trim.

Major Health Concerns:

–intervertebral disc disease

Minor Health Concerns:

–KCS and occasionally diabetes, epilepsy, patellar luxation, deafness, gastric torsion

Test for:

–eyes

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Additional information:

-Obesity is a major problem which in turn predisposes them to intervertebral disc disease

Breed History:

Evidence of the dachshund breed dates back to the 16th century, when he was called a burrow dog or badger dog due to his size and stature. This hound was good at going into small spaces, capturing its prey and killing it.

They were available in two sizes, the miniature and standard and had three different coat styles, smooth, miniature, and terrier-type.

The different types all were better suited to particular terrain and climate hunting jobs. The miniature was originally popular for going after small prey, such as rabbits.

In the early 1900s, a strict standard was developed for each type, and the miniature was bred to be what he is today, a popular family pet and even arm ornament for celebrity dog-lovers.

  • Family history is scenthound, terrier, dachshund
  • Originally from Germany
  • First bred in the 1500’s
  • Original purpose was flushing badgers
  • Today they are used for earthdog trials, dachshund field trials
  • Also known asteckel (miniature: zwergteckel)