Miniature Dachshund Breed Overview
The Miniature Dachshund is the smaller cousin of the Standard Dachshund. Notably, they possess most all the characteristics and charm of their cousin, the Dachshund, but for size. They are smaller, making them a fun, mobile companion. Sometimes these dogs are referred to as Weiner Dogs, Hot Dogs, or Sausage Dogs. They have long bodies with short little legs making them quite the character.
High-spirited, with tireless energy, this dog was bred in Germany in the16th century. Hence, their job was to protect property from rodents and vermin. Especially loyal to their family, they make great companions. That said, they are smart, with a playful spirt, so they can act mischievous. Being always the entertainer makes them most endearing, and a very popular breed.
Find out more about this breed at the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Miniature Dachshund is 12-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Mini Doxi, (which it is often called) will weigh up to 11 pounds. They are part of the Hound Group. Curious and bold, this dog loves to chase and play. Their short legs will keep them close to a scent. Digging is a big hobby of theirs.They have a medium activity level due to their smaller size. Short walks are preferred. However, that said, they are easy to manage and very portable.
These guys do great in either an apartment or a home with a yard. They love indoor play and should never be left in a yard alone. A large family or an individual owner will do great with this breed
Care & Grooming
The Mini Dachshund has 3 types of coats. All 3 coats shed minimally.
- Smooth, which is short and shiny
- Wirehaired, which is short and wiry
- Long-haired, which is long, wispy and soft.
Maintenance is low for this breed, as they are a naturally clean breed. Bath only when doggy stink sets in. The long floppy ears will need weekly cleaning to prevent infection. Other grooming includes: nail trimming and teeth brushing. A high quality diet will keep your Doxi fit and trim.
In any event, always contact your vet or breeder for more information.