Miniature dachshunds make perfect family pets, as their small size enables them to live just about anywhere. They do well in large, open areas such as country homes as well as in small spaces like apartments.
Dachshunds were popular hunting dogs in the 17th century. Their great sense of smell and small, long bodies made them ideal for hunting both above and below ground. That’s why miniature dachshunds were mainly used for hunting smaller mammals such as rabbit and badger. Today, mini dachshunds continue to have hunting abilities; however, they are preferred as pets rather than working dogs.
Miniature dachshunds have long, thin bodies, short, crooked legs, and floppy ears. They should weigh no more than 11 pounds and measure between 5 to 7 inches in height. Miniature dachshunds come in three coat varieties; long-haired, smooth, and wire-haired. The breed comes in various coat colors and patterns as well including; dapple, piebald, black and gray, red, tan, and more.
Miniature dachshunds have a natural instinct to protect their territory and family. They will bark to alert you of any strangers or unusual activity near your home. Mini dachshunds are also social creatures, but it may take some time for them to get used to being around strangers. Overall, miniature doxies are loving, curious, and playful dogs.
Some owners have trouble training their miniature dachshund, while others do just fine. Besides the dog’s personality traits, the training technique you use also has a big influence on the outcome. Positive reinforcement is usually the best training method that works with dachshunds. Their stubbornness can sometimes cause obstacles, but patience and practice will overcome any issue.
Shedding all depends on the type of coat, which is why miniature dachshunds shed about the same as the other sizes. Brushing their hair, bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and brushing their teeth should be done on a regular basis.
Miniature dachshunds are lively dogs and enjoy any type of activity. A daily walk is recommended, but this can be substituted for a game of chase or fetch.
Health & Life Span
Health ailments in all dachshund varieties are about the same. Examples of these include; intervertebral disk disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and eye problems. The average life span of a miniature dachshund (12 to 15 years) is also about the same as the other types.
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