- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Extra training required
- Need to be aware of potential health issues
- Enjoys active walks
- Needs under an hour of walking a day
- Small dog
- Minimum drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Lifespan:||12 – 16 years|
|Weight:||4.5 – 5kg|
|Height:||12 – 15cm|
|Colours:||Range of colours|
|Kennel Club Group:||Hound|
|Easy to train:||2/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||3/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
This dog can be very independent and needs kind, consistent, patient training. Early socialisation is required in order to acclimate Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshunds to children, strangers and other animals. They are a breed that becomes very attached to their family and usually one family member in particular, but they can be reserved with strangers.
The Dachshund will suit an owner who may not have much space but wants a strong-minded, determined, one-person dog who will go everywhere with them - as the Dachshund does not like being left.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Sweden
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 hunt rabbits out of their warrens.
Did You Know?
- It is thought that a translation error is why this breed appears in the hound group and not the terrier group! Its German name means Badger Dog, but back in 1874 when the breed was entered in the English stud book, authors wrongly translated the German ‘hund’ as ‘hound’ rather than as ‘dog’. Many owners will agree that living with a Dachshund feels more like living with a terrier than a hound!
- The miniature Dachshund is one of the most long-lived of all dog breeds.