the 1500s, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badger and fox. The
original dog was the Standard Smooth Dachshund and all other
dachsies were developed from this dog. Miniature Dachshunds were
bred in Germany specifically to hunt rabbits as they are small
enough to go down into a rabbit's burrow.
Miniature Dachshund is about 6 inches high at the shoulder. This dog
comes in three coat types.
The long-haired dog has a soft, straight or slightly wavy coat and can be red,
black and tan, gray or white with rust markings, dappled or brindle.
Despite its size, this breed has terrier-like qualities and likes to
be the boss! He may be stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train.
However, the Dachshund is also friendly, playful, alert, and
spirited, and makes a terrific companion.
of his temperament, the Miniature Dachshund requires early and
consistent training from a strong, patient, take-charge master. If
spoiled, he may become snappy. Training can be difficult and may
require extra time and patience. Early socialization is a good idea.
The Miniature Dachshund makes a good watchdog as he can make a
surprising amount of noise when barking!
A fenced yard is a must as the Miniature Dachshund has a great sense
of smell and will wander off after an interesting scent. Dachshunds
require regular exercise to fight a tendency to become overweight.
This is particularly important as the Dachshund's body shape does
not support extra weight well. If regularly exercised, this dog can
live in an apartment. However, the neighbors may not appreciate his
watchdog instincts! Children should not be allowed to roughhouse
with this dog.