The Miniature Dachshund is an inquisitive breed, and they love to have fun and explore! Our dogs are completely cared for in every aspect, and we ensure that they are safe and comfortable. Due to this, they produce adorable puppies. If you have any questions about this fantastic breed, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
The Dachshund “look” is hard to miss low, long, and short with a body that somehow stays solid and balanced despite its squat frame. Its convex head is erect and alert with ears that hang low and a pair of friendly oval eyes. The base of the neck slopes down to a protruding chest and a tighter abdomen, and the tail follows the line of the back. Miniature Dachshunds come in three varieties— smooth, longhaired, and wire-haired—and colors can vary from solids of red, tan, or yellow or combinations of chocolate, black and gray (among others).
Dachshunds aren’t built for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming, but they are Always up for a walk or a game in the park, they can easily get bored when left to their own devices for too long. Sometimes, that can involve chewing things. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they make fine watchdogs. Bred to be an independent hunter of dangerous prey, they can be brave to the point of rashness, and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over. Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around, they will frolic chasing small animals, fervently barking, and possibly digging a few holes. They will also be happy in an apartment (they are among the most popular city dogs), but require lots of play, interaction and regular walks to stay in physical and mental shape.
Weight: up to 11 pounds
Height: 5 – 7 inches
Group - Hound
It is extremely important that a Dachshund not be allowed to become overweight. This is not only because of general health reasons, but also to avoid strain to the Dachshund’s long back, which can lead to slipped or ruptured (herniated) discs. Ignore the pleading eyes, and give only the recommended amount given by the manufacturer of the quality dog food of your choice. Give table scraps very sparingly, if at all, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Remember that the Dachshund’s nose can get him into trouble, and always keep food well out of his reach.
Dry food - This is perfectly fine if you choose the ‘Complete’ option and not the ‘Complementary’ food.
Wet food - Again, wet food is fine, if it is a ‘Complete’ type.
Home cooked food - You can prepare your own meals for your dachshund if you prefer. Just make sure you know what nutritional value you need to be giving him and every meal meets that.
Raw food/BARF diet - Dachshunds generally love raw food, it’s great for their health and skin, and it’s actually quite natural for them to eat that way.
Many owners think that because they are so small, Dachshunds don’t require more exercise than just running around the house. However, they do need regular exercise not only to stay fit, but also to build strong muscles to support and protect their back. Two walks every day of moderate length should be sufficient. To avoid injury, never allow your Dachshund to run up and down stairs or jump on or off furniture. Because they are very social, Dachshunds do not do well as outdoor dogs—they want to be with their humans.
Dachshunds are very intelligent but are also independent and often stubborn, so they can be a challenge to train. They love to give and receive affection and do best with positive, reward-based training. They are sensitive and will not react well to harsh commands or punishment. Patience and consistence are key. Dachshunds have an excellent sense of smell as well as a strong prey drive. Because they were bred to stay focused and follow a trail without distraction, if they are busy with something more interesting, they may not always pay attention to you.
Generally a healthy breed, the Dachshund can be expected to live 12 to 16 years with proper care, so long as he’s kept on a good diet and has enough exercise to maintain good muscle tone. To prevent disc damage to the Dachshund’s long back, be vigilant about keeping him from becoming overweight, and always monitor his activities to avoid back injury. Like most dogs with drop ears, Dachshunds can get ear infections if their ears aren’t kept clean.
Dachshunds are moderate shedders, relatively clean, and have little or no body odor. The breed’s grooming needs vary with the three coat types. Smooth-coated Dachshunds are somewhat “wash and wear,” needing little beyond a wipe with a towel or hound glove to look dapper. Longhaired Dachshunds may require more frequent brushing, depending on the thickness of the coat. The Wirehaired coat can be plucked or hand-stripped several times a year to look its best, but beyond that is easy to maintain between groomings with occasional trimming of the beard and eyebrows and brushing or combing once or twice a week. All Dachshunds should have their nails trimmed every month.
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