Long Haired Miniature Dachshund

Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)

The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund dog breed is a long-backed, short-legged dog of diminutive height. While small, the Dachshund is still muscular and powerfully built with a deep, broad chest and well-developed forelegs. He has an attractive soft, straight coat that comes in a range of colours (see the breed standard for full details). The adult Miniature Dachshund weighs 4.5-5kg and is approximately 12-15cm in height.

Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)
  • Category size: Toy
  • Grooming requirements: Once a week
Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)
  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Vocal
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound
Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)
  • Alone: Less than 1 hour
  • Other pets: Low
  • Stability as a guard: Medium

Origin

Dachshunds can be traced back to 15th century Germany. However, Dachshund-type dogs have appeared in ancient Egyptian and Mexican art and remains of a similar dog were found with shipwreck remnants in Italy, dating back to the 1st century AD. The German breed standard was set in 1879 and the breed club established in 1888. Dachshunds were exported to Great Britain with Prince Albert and became popular in Britain and America throughout the 19th century. Miniature Dachshunds were used in lieu of ferrets to get rabbits out of their warrens.

Personality

The most common health problem seen in the Dachshund is related to their body shape, making them prone to spinal disorders. Heart disease is also relatively common in the breed. As with many other breeds, various inherited eye disorders can be seen, and breeding dogs should be routinely eye tested.

Health

This dog needs a minimum of half an hour's daily exercise. Before letting him off-lead, do ensure his recall is reliable, as his hunting instincts can drive him to run off in pursuit of a scent or quarry. Bear in mind that Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds were bred to 'go to ground' and can dig under many types of fencing, so check your garden's security.

Exercise

This dog needs a minimum of half an hour's daily exercise. Before letting him off-lead, do ensure his recall is reliable, as his hunting instincts can drive him to run off in pursuit of a scent or quarry. Bear in mind that Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds were bred to 'go to ground' and can dig under many types of fencing, so check your garden's security.

Nutrition

Toy-sized dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds should be completely brushed and combed at least once a week. The extra hair between their pads should be trimmed as needed. Special attention should be paid to keeping the ears clean as drop eared dogs are more likely to develop ear infection. Although a dainty eater, a long coated Dachshund can sometimes get food on their long ears, so these may need additional cleansing.

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Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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