Short haired Miniature Dachshund

Short haired Miniature Dachshund

Dachshund Facts

Everything YOU Want to Know About Miniature Dachshunds

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Temperament

Dachshunds are a loving kind animal, stubborn but good with families. They are known to bite, but we have not experienced that with our pets. Molly does not like being groomed and requires a muzzle for dogs in order for us to trim her nails and remove knots from her coat. Our other two do not have this issue.

Life Expectancy

Dachshunds, like other smaller breeds, tend to live a long time. You can expect that your dog will live well into their teens. Some owners have reported on this page (How Long do Dachshunds Live) that their Dachshunds age well into their twenties. You may want to consider that when picking out puppy.

Their Shape

Dachshunds are known for their long, low-profile bodies. The unusual shape warranted their Hot Dog and Wiener Dog nicknames. The forelegs are thick and strong used for digging out varmints, especially the Badger Hound for which they were breed. Their hind legs are thin.

They have a long nose and a very keen sense of smell. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes two sizes: the miniature and standard. The miniature weighs up to about 15 pounds. Standard Dachshunds are larger and can weigh about 30 lbs. The AKC does not recognize the Tea Cup variety Dachshund.?? The Miniature is very popular in the U.S.

Their Coat

Red Longhaired DachshundThere are three coat varieties: smooth, longhaired and wirehaired. Odie is a smooth haired Dachshund while Molly and Chloe are longhaired. The wirehaired are not as popular as the other two types. The coat comes in multiple colors predominately red or black with a mixture of lighter colors such as white or tan. Dappled Dachshunds predominately have the lighter colors with darker spots.

Single colored Dachshunds have coats of red or cream.?? Molly has a red coat but she has a touch of white on her neck and chest.

Back Problems

Dachshunds are prone to back problems. Their long back puts undue stress on discs that cause spinal injuries. The good news is that according to the Surgeon who successfully operated on Odie, they have about at 95% chance of recovery. More often than not, they experience back issues that can be treated with an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling. Regardless, your pet should be examined by a Vet if he has problems moving around or stops jumping due to pain.

Exercise and Playing

Despite their size, Dachshunds do play rough. Two of our three Dachshunds actually need dog toys for aggressive chewers. Odie is not as aggressive when it comes to toys, but he certainly will chew on balls until they stop squeaking. It is fact that is in their nature to attack at toys that sound like a small animal they are preying on.

Daily walks are necessary to keep your Dachshund trim and fit. They love to lead and pull on the leash. You should consider using a dog harness instead of a collar to prevent neck injuries.

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