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.
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|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|
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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.
Rules of Variations and Mixes
At present, the rule of individual breeding has been set according to the variation of the type of coats:
- The long-haired miniature dachshund is made to breed with the Papillion,
- The wire-haired miniature dachshund is made to breed with the Miniature Schnauzer,
- The smooth-haired miniature dachshund is made to breed with the Miniature Pinscher.
Temperament and Behavior
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.
The miniature dachshund needs sufficient exercise for physical and mental stimulation. It is good for them if taken for long walks (half a mile every day) or some equivalent amount of jogging daily. They are dogs with lots of zeal and stamina and enjoy running or playing sessions in parks or open areasThey are dogs with lots of zeal and stamina, and enjoy running or playing sessions in parks or open areas.
The breed is an average shedder. The short-haired group needs a routine rundown, while the long-haired ones require regular combing and brushing. The breed is not suitable to live in kennels and love to live in the homes of their owners. Occasional trimming of the nails and checkups of their teeth, eyes, and ears are necessary. Some people love to ‘dress up’ their miniature dachshunds, for which apparels for the dachshunds like harnesses, sweaters, holiday clothing, etc. are available in the dog stores around.
This breed is prone to getting overweight and lazy. Hence proper care must be taken to ward off such possibilities. They are also vulnerable to a spinal disc problem typically named as the ‘dachshund paralysis.’ Other common conditions include urinary tract infections (UTI), mast cell tumors, cardiac issues, diabetes, deafness, Cushing’s disease, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or, bloat/torsion), epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), canine diabetes mellitus (CDM/DM), etc.
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.
Mixes and Types
The most popular mixes of the miniature dachshund are:
- Teacup Miniature Dachshund (an accepted AKC breed, tinier than the miniature dachshund),
- The English cream miniature dachshund (an off-white breed of miniature dachshunds),
- The piebald miniature dachshund,
- The miniature pinscher and dachshund mix,
- The standard and miniature dachshund mix.
Difference: Standard Dachshund Vs. the Miniature Dachshund
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.
- The miniature dachshund dog has many strange nicknames like the wiener dog, the hot dog, and the sausage dog.
- The conflict between little children and this breed is prevalent, during which the dogs lose most of the time and take refuge in the shelter.
- The miniature dachshund is very anxious about being separated from its master.
- This breed is an excessive barker.
- The very name ‘dachshund’ comes from two German words: ‘Dachs’, which means badger, and ‘hund’ meaning dog.