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Miniature Dachshund

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Miniature Dachshund puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Miniature Dachshund please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Miniature Dachshund puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Miniature Dachshund puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Miniature Dachshund breed is also commonly known by the names Badger Dog, Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog.

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Hound Group

Height
Males 13 – 18 cm
Females 13 – 18 cm

Weight
Males 3.6 – 5 kg
Females 3.6 – 5 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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small (4/10)

Exercise

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medium (5/10)

Training

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medium (4/10)

Shedding

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low (3/10)

Grooming

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low (3/10)

Children

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not good (3/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (3/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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above average (8/10)

Introduction

Dachshunds are native to Germany and they boast a long and interesting ancestry.  They were originally bred to hunt badgers, rabbits and to track wounded deer.  The Miniature Dachshund is the smaller of the two types with the Standard being the larger dog.  Today these charming short legged dogs are among the most popular companion dogs and family pets both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world.  Miniature Dachshunds are always a big hit at dog shows too thanks to the charming looks and kind, affectionate natures.

History

Dachshunds have always been highly prized in their native Germany for their hunting abilities and their courage.  They earned themselves an excellent reputation for being able to track wounded deer as well as to slip down small holes when prey went to ground. 

There is some evidence of similar dogs depicted on tomb and cave walls that date back thousands of years and which were discovered in both Egypt and South America.  The dogs we see today are thought to have originated in Germany over 400 years ago.  Their short legs do not deter the Dachshund from covering a lot of ground at speed.

They were given their name Dachshund which translated means “Badger Dog”, although they are also often referred to as “Sausage Dogs”.  They first appeared in the UK in 1840 when the Royal Family bought some Dachshunds back to England with them so they could use them on pheasant shoots on larger estates.  They are among the most popular small dogs both here in the UK and thanks to their charming, loyal natures and the fact they are such intelligent dogs.

Appearance

The Miniature Dachshund is a very striking looking dog with short legs that accentuate the length of their well-muscled, compact bodies.  Their heads are long and when seen from above they seem conical in shape without being too narrow or too broad.  They only have a slight stop and their muzzles are only slightly arched.  Their lips are tight with dogs having extremely strong jaws.

Their eyes are medium in size and a lovely almond shape being set obliquely on a dog’s head.  Dapple coated dogs can have either one or two “wall” eyes which is acceptable as a breed standard.  Their ears are set high without being set too far forward.  They are broad and moderately long being well rounded with the forward edge just touching a dog’s cheek.

Their necks are well muscled, long and nicely arched with no dewlap.  Their front legs are extremely well muscled and powerful.

A Miniature Dachshund has a long and well-muscled body with nicely sloping shoulders and a reasonably level back that flows from the wither to their slightly arched loin.  Their tails continue from the line of a dog’s spine with a slight curve in it.

When it comes to their coat, the Miniature Dachshund can either have a short coat or a long one.  A smooth coated dog has short hair all over their body with the hair on the underside of their tails being that much coarser.  On a longer coated dog, the hair is that much longer on their body and more especially on their ears, bellies, legs and underside of their tails.  The accepted breed colours are as follows:

Black and tan, Chocolate and tan, Chocolate dapple, Red, Shaded red, Silver dapple

Temperament

The Miniature Dachshund is a very intelligent little dog and one that boasts a tremendous amount of courage.  They are extremely loyal characters that form strong bonds with their owners and families.  They may be small in stature, but the Miniature Dachshund is an energetic dog and as such they like nothing more than to be out and about doing something.  They have a tremendous amount of stamina.

Being so intelligent, they also need to be given a lot of mental stimulation every day for them to be truly happy, well-rounded characters.  They are quite happy to relax and chill out when they are tired.  The old adage of a “tired dog being a good dog” is never truer than when describing a Miniature Dachshund.

They can be quite wilful which means they can be a little disobedient when the mood takes them. 

They can be quite vocal especially when there are any strangers about or when they don’t like something that’s happening in their environment.  They have quite loud barks, considering their small size and will be quick to warn their owners if anything is amiss.  Although friendly by nature, they tend to be aloof and wary of strangers.

Because they form such strong bonds with their owners and in particular with the person who usually takes the most care of them.  They are more than likely to suffer from quite severe separation anxiety.  This includes chewing on furniture and anything else they find.  They can be quite difficult to house train, but with a lot of patience and understanding, a Miniature Dachshund can be taught to be clean around the home and to do their “business” outside.

Although they make great companions, the Miniature Dachshund is not the best choice for first time owners because they can be quite challenging to train, all thanks to the fact they have such a strong stubborn streak in them.  They are best suited to people who are familiar with or have already owned a similar type of dog and in households.

Intelligence / Trainability

Care has to be taken as to where and when a Miniature Dachshund is allowed to run off their leads.

It cannot be stressed strongly enough the importance of early socialisation which has to begin as soon as a dog has been fully vaccinated.  Their training has to start early too and it has to be consistent as well as fair so that a dog understands what an owner expects of them. 

They are sensitive dogs by nature and therefore they do not respond well to any sort of harsh correction or heavier handed training which would not achieve any sort of good results. 

Children and Other Pets

Miniature Dachshunds thrive in a family environment where the children are slightly older and who therefore know how to behave around such a small dog. 

If a Miniature Dachshund has been well socialised from a young enough age, they generally get on with other dogs although if they feel threatened in any way, they will stand their ground even when faced with a much larger dog.  Care also has to be taken when a Miniature Dachshund is around cats or other small animals and pets because their high prey drive might just get the better of them.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Miniature Dachshund is between 10 and 12 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Like so many other breeds, the Miniature Dachshund is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these active and good-looking dogs.  The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Vitiligo, Thyroid problems, Spinal problems, Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

Grooming and Caring for a Miniature Dachshund

As with any other breed, Miniature Dachshunds need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Smooth coated Miniature Dachshunds have dense short coats and as such they are low maintenance on the grooming front.  A weekly brush is all it takes to keep their coats looking good and to remove any dead hair.  A wipe over with a chamois leather will keep a nice sheen on their coats too.  Dogs with long coats are a little higher maintenance and need more in the way of brushing to prevent any tangles or knots forming in their coats.

It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

The Miniature Dachshund is a high energy, intelligent dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs.  They need to be given anything from 20 to 40 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible.

These dogs like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam.  However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these active, alert little dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape.

With this said, Miniature Dachshund puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Miniature Dachshund puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets.  You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets.

Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters.  It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. 

Average Cost to keep/care for a Miniature Dachshund

If you are looking to buy a Miniature Dachshund, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £1500 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Miniature Dachshund in England would be £22.20 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would cost you £41.75 a month (quote as of July 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life.  This would set you back between £30 – £40 a month.  On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Miniature Dachshund would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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