Dachshund Miniature Puppies

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The Affectionate and Loving Miniature Dachshund

This miniature version of the Dachshund is just as cute and recognizable as its bigger brother. With it's squat legs and long body earned it the nickname "weiner dog." The miniature version is ideal for city dwellers and their loveable personality makes them a great companion.

Dachshund Miniature At a Glance

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Dachshund Miniature At a Glance

  • Size: 5"-6", 7-11 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Can be short and smooth, longhaired, or wirehaired
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Hound
  • Common Nicknames: Wiener Dog, Doxie

Miniature Dachshund Breed Guide

Learn More About Miniature Dachshunds

  • Temperament

    The temperament of the Miniature Dachshund is very similar to that of the standard Dachshund. They are loyal pups that are devoted to their families but are typically timid around strangers. Once they warm up to someone, though, they are affectionate and loving. While Dachshund Minis have an independent streak, they love being included in all of their family's activities. Due to their hunting instincts, Miniature Dachshunds love to be outdoors. Keep a close eye on them, though, because they may run off to chase a rabbit or follow a scent. Training a Mini Dachshund isn't too difficult, but it does require a firm hand and some patience. Overall, the Miniature Dachshund is a great choice for anyone looking for a small, active companion dog.

  • Health

    Dachshunds are generally a healthy breed but, because of their long and short frame, are at risk of spinal diseases like intervertebral disk disease and fragile backs. This breed is also prone to obesity, hip dysplasia, eye conditions, seizures, and patella luxation.

  • Activity Level

    Dachshunds require regular exercise to stay fit and to maintain strength in their long back. Breeders recommend two walks a day and playtime in the yard as a starting point. They can be aggressive with other dogs, be sure to keep them on a leash or in a fenced-in yard when they are outside.

  • Grooming

    The grooming needs of Dachshunds varies based on the type of coat they have. Smooth-coats need little more than a wipe down with a towel. Longhaired Dachshunds need more frequent brushing. Wirehaired coats need to be plucked or hand stripped a few times a year and occasionally trimmed.

  • Shedding

    Dachshunds are moderate shedders, which differs based on which of the three coat types your dachshund has. Despite having different coat types, the Dachshund is not hypoallergenic.

  • Appearance

    The Dachshund is best known for its long body and short legs. They come in three coat types: smooth, longhair, and wirehair. Their coats can contain shades of red, black, chocolate, white, or gray, and may have tan markings that are spotted or dappled. They have a long muzzle with long droopy ears.

  • History

    The Miniature Dachshund is a smaller version of the standard Dachshund. The breed was developed in Germany, but came to the United States in 1870 to hunt rabbits and small game. Over time, hunters began to prefer smaller Dachshunds because they could get into small areas and tight spaces that bigger Dachshunds could not. At first, these mini Dachshunds were just the runts of their litters, but later on, Miniature Dachshunds were bred intentionally by crossing Dachshunds with toy terriers and pinschers. As time went on, the Miniature Dachshund developed into a breed of its own and found its niche as a family companion.