Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Zwerg-Dachshund; Zwerg-Dackel
The Miniature Dachshund is a smaller and often more energetic variety of Dachshund. Like the other sizes, it comes in a variety of colors and coats, including smooth-haired, wire-haired and long-haired. They make endearing family pets, but you do need to know the basics of hound psychology, since these dogs can't resist digging and chasing if presented with too much temptation.
According to the National Miniature Dachshund Club (NMDC), the preferred weight of the Miniature Dachshund is between 8 and 11 pounds. While most kennel club size divisions use weight for classification, other kennel club standards determine the difference between the miniature and standard by chest circumference; some kennel clubs even measure chest circumference in addition to height and weight.
Appearance / health:
The Dachshund is a long, active, muscular dog with very short legs. He carries himself with pride and should have an intelligent, alert expression. His head is elongated with a slightly convex skull; eyebrows are arched and protruding; his muzzle is long, slightly arched, and his jaws powerful with a scissors bite and extremely strong canine teeth. It is preferred his nose be black; his eyes are dark red or brown-black, oval in shape, and have a dark colored rim. His ears are long and hound-like with rounded ends and hang long on his cheeks. His body has a protruding sternum, which provides a front end designed for digging, and his abdomen is moderately retracted; he carries his tail in line with its back.
Long-haired Dachshunds require daily combing with a bristle brush; wire-haired need professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require regular rubdown with a damp cloth. Dry shampoo or bathe when necessary. The smooth-haired dachshund has little body odor. This breed is a moderate shedder.
Dachshunds do not require a great amount of exercise, but a nice walk each day is a fun activity for them. A safely enclosed dog park, and close monitoring of your Dachshund while within a dog park, is another enjoyable activity for them.
Dachshunds are particularly prone to spinal disc problems; they have a tendency to become lazy and obese, which adds to their risk of back injury. Additionally, health risks to watch for include: heart disease, diabetes, urinary tract conditions, eye diseases and skin problems. Other health concerns can include: bloat, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and joint problems. Dappled Dachshunds, and especially Double-dappled Dachshunds, Dachshunds are prone to blindness and deafness.
Behavior / temperament:
For such a little dog, Dachshunds have an impressively loud bark; they make very good little watch dogs. By nature, the Dachshund is brave, loving, friendly, playful, affectionate and intelligent. They can also be willful and tend to have characteristics of the Terrier breed. Believe it or not, many Dachshund fanciers and experts agree that the long-haired variety tends to be the calmest of the three varieties, while the wire-haired variety is the most clownish and out-going.
Dachshunds are lively and affectionate, proud, bold, and tenacious. They can be stubborn and clownish as well as mischievous. They are devoted to their family and some fanciers feel the long-haired variety is calmer than the other two types, while the wire-haired variety is more outgoing and entertaining. All are slightly difficult to train. Sometimes Dachshunds refuse to be handled. They require a substantial amount of interaction and, if you allow them to become bored, they can be very destructive. Because of this destructiveness, crate training as a puppy will make it easier to confine them when you will be away and/or unable to entertain them. Early and extensive socialization is vitally important to the Dachshund, as is obedience training. Try not to spoil your Dachshund as this will lead to demanding behaviors. Dachshunds make great little travel companions.
Dachshunds are rated high in learning rate, medium in obedience and high in problem solving skills. This combination can easily result in a very intelligent dog who isn’t overly concerned with minding you. They require a firm, knowledgeable trainer in order to prevent the Dachshund from training you. It is said that the long-haired variety is much easier to train, but they still have a mind of their own and require firm handling. Due to their tendency toward back injury, they should be trained not to jump beginning while very young. Dachshunds are also stubborn about house breaking, so implementing crate training with house training is a good way to subject your home to less accidents. Puppies should never be allowed free range of your home until they are completely house broken.
Dachshunds love to bark and have a big bark for such a small dog.
big personalities, good natured, wonderful family members, hilarious, good watchdog, excellent lap dogs
small bladders, spine gave way, barks, strangers, slipped disc, potty train
proud little dog, doxie races, diabetic alert dog, long hair mini, coat colors, coat varieties
When I got my Miniature Dachshund, Piper, I had no idea what I was going to be dealing with. Dachshunds are very lovable and extremely loyal dogs. They will stick to one person or one family like glue! Piper is definitely the most stubborn dog I have ever met. She is picky and even still, at almost two years old, when it's cold or rainy out she will sneak to another part of the house to go to the bathroom on the floor. If you get a dachshund, be prepared for this level of stubbornness! Even so, they are still my favorite breed and every bit of my dog is worth all of the stubbornness! She is very loyal, playful, good and gentle with kids and other animals, but she will try to bark at someone to death to stick up for her family! They're the best!.
From Jamie Feb 15 2018 7:21AM
Acupuncture can be a nice add-on therapy for pets with mobility concerns.
I have had multiple patients find some improvement with acupuncture treatments, in addition to the standard medications and therapies. I do not recommend this as a standalone treatment, but do discuss it with owners as another treatment form. Surprisingly, most dogs will lay still for the needle placement and tolerate the entire process very well. Prices will vary pending on your location..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 57 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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