The Miniature Dachshund (pronounced: US /ˈdɑːkshʊnt/ DAHKS-huunt or US /ˈdɑːksənt/, UK /ˈdæksənd/), also known as the Zwergteckel Dachshunds, is a breed of miniature or mini dachshund hounds, widely-kept as a pet dog. They were mainly bred to hunt down small animals like to sniff, dig out and chase off underground animals like badgers. They have a typical weight of 8 – 11 pounds, with a robust, muscular structure, standing very close to the ground with short legs and a black nose, giving them a keen sense of smell over many other dog breeds.
|Dog Breed||Miniature Dachshund|
|Coat||Long, medium, short, water-resistant, thick|
|Color||Solid color or combinations of white to silver, red, tan, yellow to blonde, chocolate, brindle, black, grey, blue (rarely) or, dappled|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Weight||8 to 11 pounds|
||Small; 5 to 7 inches|
|Temperament||Social, aggressive, loyal|
|Good with Children||Moderately|
|Litters||3 to 4 puppies at a time|
|Gestation Period||58 to 63 days|
|Health Concerns||Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Cushings Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism), Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Epilepsy, Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV)/Bloat/Torsion, Deafness|
|Competitive Registration||FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR, DRA, NAPR, ACA. For standard variety: ANKC, CKC, APRI, ACR|
Used to hunt down smaller animals, this breed of dogs evolved in Germany, probably in the 16th century. Initially, these dogs were mated with the individuals of the same breed. However, it was long after that the mixes with other dogs like the pinschers and the toy terriers began, which continued till the early 20th century.
At present, the rule of individual breeding has been set according to the variation of the type of coats:
The miniature dachshund is, at the same time, loyal, aggressive, social, and courageous. Being a hunter dog, they are independent by nature and have a high spirit. They would bark loudly at strangers. However, they would be tolerant of them once the introductory period is over. They are always alert and have self-explanatory facial expressions. They have a good sense of trailing by its keen nose. The different varieties have their definition of charm, depending upon the qualities of their parents. Since they are not too good with kids, they are suitable for those with relatively older children. They are devoted to their owner’s families and can even travel well with their owners. They have an instinct to guard their families, making them a good guard dog as well. Intruders intercepting into their objects of defending might end in getting bitten, though rarely. They tend to jump a lot and stumble upon any passer-by. These behavioral issues, at times, might make them unpredictable to even their owners.
Impart the Miniature Dachshunds socialization, obedience, and housetraining since their puppy days to help them shape their personality in a better way.
Feed the miniature dachshund with dry, good-quality healthy dog food. The recommended amount is ½ to 1 ½ cups per day, divided into two regular meals.
The most popular mixes of the miniature dachshund are:
As the names suggest, the difference between the mini dachshund and the standard dachshund is primarily in their sizes. Whereas the miniature breed weighs no more than 8-11 lbs and stands at 5-7 inches, the standard dog is 16-31 lbs with a height of 8-11 inches.