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Miniature Dachshund Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a Miniature Dachshund? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a Miniature Dachshund is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Miniature Dachshund live? 9-12 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Moderate

How big will my Miniature Dachshund grow? 3-7kg 

Will a Miniature Dachshund be suitable for my family? Miniature Dachshund's are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my Miniature Dachshund? Backyard not essential

Miniature Dachshund Temperament

Mini Dachshund’s have a fairly good temperament. They make excellent companion dogs, and are known for their lively, proud and sometimes even ‘bossy’ personalities. Mini Dachshund’s will both demand and give affection to anyone who they trust.

They are an alert breed that likes to know what’s going on around them and relish being the center of attention. They are generally known to be strong willed, intensely loyal and very attached to their owner. This can sometimes turn to jealousy if they are not properly socialised with other people and dogs while they are puppies, and result in an over-protective, unsociable and sometimes even aggressive Mini Dachshund.

Although Mini Dachshund’s are smart animals, they can sometimes prove a little difficult to train due to their strong willed personalities, so the best approach is generally with treats, positive reinforcement and affection.

Miniature Dachshund Health Issues

Ear Infections: Dogs have a vertical ear canal (unlike humans which are horizontal) so it is easy for moisture and debris to be retained within the ear canal, causing irritation. It is seen most in floppy eared breeds, so it is important that ears be dried properly after a bath or swim.

Patella Luxation: An abnormally shallow groove in the knee, which causes the knee cap (patella) to slip out of position.

Spinal Trauma: The nature of a Mini Dachshund’s back predisposes the breed to back injuries including soft tissue damage, pulled muscles, fractured vertebra and dislocations.


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