Just like its larger counterpart, the Miniature Dachshund comes in smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired varieties. Bred to hunt, the origins of the Miniature Dachshund date back to late 19th century Germany. Hunters desired a smaller sized Dachshund that would be able to chase hares down their tiny burrows, the Standard Dachshund too large for this task. A long process of selective breeding ensued, resulting in what we today refer to as the Miniature Dachshund. Although considered a fairly independent breed, these dogs also exhibit strong devotion to their family. Highly intelligent, Miniature Dachshunds can be particularly hard to train as they have a mind of their own.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to their small stature and easygoing temperament, Miniature Dachshunds make for the perfect apartment dog. Don't let their size fool you however - these dogs are more energetic than you might expect, and will always appreciate a brisk walk around the block to blow off some steam. These dogs are great with children, it is important for parents to ensure however that the kids are taught how to appropriately treat their dog. Keen diggers, owners must also ensure that their backyard fencing is sufficient to prevent an escape act!
Common Health Issues
Intervertebral Disc Disease, Pattern Alopeica Baldness, Vitiligo.