- Small, long and short
- Tenacious and high-spirited
- Bold and clever
Ideal Human Companion
- City dwellers
- Families with older children
What They Are Like to Live With
Dachshunds may look cute and cuddly, but they are tirelessly energetic, clever and curious—some might even say “intense.” Always up for a walk or a game in the park, they can easily get guard dog.
Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around, they will frolic: chasing small animals, fervently barking and possibly digging a few holes. They will also be training, they will surprise you with a lovable and dependable temperament. They thrive with single people or families with older children. Very young children could lack the necessary patience and maturity required with Dachshunds.
Miniature dachshunds are prone to back problems, due to their relatively long spine and short rib cage. If allowed to jump down from a bed or couch, they can easily slip a disk. For this reason, it is also important to hold them properly, supporting their full frame.
A healthy Miniature Dachshund can live as long as 16 years, providing years of fun and companionship.
Miniature Dachshund History
A breed dating back to at least the Middle Ages, Dachshunds-coming from the German dach, which means “badger, ” and hund, which means “dog” – were used widely in 17th century Germany as Normal, Miniature and Toy.