12 Miniature Dachshund Insights Unleashed (Plus Puppy Pics!)

Discover loyal low-riding miniature dachshunds who wear their hearts on their paws. Get the scoop with fun facts and adorable photos!

Updated October 26, 2023

Miniature dachshunds are rising in popularity as pets because they’re so darn cute. But what’s the deal with these little weiner dogs? Are they really just a smaller version of the standard dachshund? Well, yes, but their personalities haven’t shrunk at all. Find out more about these pint-sized pups and maybe you’ll be dachshund through the snow to add a doxie to your home!

Their Body Shape Serves a Purpose


The pint-sized dachshund is like the mini-me of the standard dachshund, originally from Germany. Dachshunds were originally the ultimate badger-hunting buddies, and their flexible, low-riding bodies made them the superhero sidekicks for chasing vermin into their secret lairs. In German, "dach" means badger, and "hund" means hound — and that's how they got their pawsitively catchy name!

Fast Fact

Digging comes naturally to these little guys as part of their badger hunting history. If you adopt one, create a dedicated "dig zone" so they can express this natural instinct and you can save your purple salvia.

They're Snack Sized


Compared to the standard dachshund, who weighs in between 16 and 32 pounds and measure around eight to nine inches, the miniature dachshund is a lot smaller. Mini doxies weigh 11 pounds or less and only measure around five to six inches high. That’s less than the length of a dollar bill! 

There's Only One Dachshund Breed


Mini dachshunds aren't actually their own breed. Dachshunds come in two sizes, which are the miniature and standard size, but they're still considered the same breed. Even so, the National Miniature Dachshund Club is currently working toward gaining separate breed recognition, so they may be a distinct breed some day! 

They're Smart and Independent


Mini dachshunds are smart, courageous, and adventurous little dogs. This breed can be very independent and doesn't mind spending time on their own, but they're also very affectionate and playful. Just know, it might be on their own terms! 

They're Prone to Back Issues


Sadly, their low-riding style can cause some real back drama. The experts put it at about 25% of dachshunds dealing with spine disc issues at some point. To keep your dachshund dancing, NorthStar VETS recommends keeping stairs out of the equation, discouraging couch Olympics, and popping your pup in a crate when you're away to dodge these spine issues as best as you can.

Minis Do Well With Kids


Miniature dachshunds are usually good with kids, but they're pretty delicate. They can also be prone to small dog syndrome when they're not feeling safe and secure. Children who interact with this breed should understand not to carry them and learn how to avoid injuring their backs and small bones. 

They Love to Talk!


Miniature dachshunds' origins in badger hunting mean these dogs can talk — and boy do they love to! They have a loud bark intended to help their human companions track them through the plains and prairies, but this can be tricky when translated to apartment living. 

Quick Tip

Teaching your miniature dachshund the "quiet" command and working with a trainer to desensitize your doxie to outside sounds can help restore the peace.

Be Careful With Other Pets


Unfortunately, a miniature dachshund isn't always a good fit for a household with cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, or other small pets. Because of the breeds' badger-hunting origins, they might instinctively chase these critters. Their small size and mighty personality might also not always mesh with other animals. Of course, all dogs are individuals, so many do have other furry friends! 

They Have 3 Unique Coat Types


Miniature dachshunds come in three different coat types:

  • Longhaired: They have long, silky hair that should be brushed a couple of times a week to remove any tangles or debris. 
  • Smoothhaired: They have short, smooth hair that requires very little grooming. 
  • Wirehaired: They have dense, wiry hair that requires brushing, and excess coat can be removed with a stripping comb. 

Miniature dachshunds aren't hypoallergenic, but of the three coat types, wirehaired minis are usually the lowest shedders. 

Miniature Dachshunds Come in Many Colors


Along with having three different coat types, mini dachshunds also come in many dozens of different colors and patterns. The most common colors include red, black with tan, and "wild boar," which is the color seen in wirehaired dachshunds. Some of the more unusual doxie colors include wheaten, chocolate, and blue with cream. These dogs can carry different coat patterns, including brindle, dapple, sable, and piebald. 

Fast Fact

The merle pattern is actually referred to as "dapple" in dachshunds, but it's the same thing! 

Weight Gain Is Serious for Mini Dachshunds


Miniature dachshunds generally live an average of 12 to 16 years, depending on many factors. But beware their hearty appetites; these little chowhounds often end up battling the bulge. Once the weight gain train gets rolling, it can worsen more serious genetic issues, like disc disease and heart problems. 

Quick Tip

PetObesityPrevention.org has veterinarian-provided calorie guidelines for dogs of all sizes, plus calorie counts of the most-common dog foods and treats.

Consider Fostering a Dachshund in Need


If you're on the hunt for a furry BFF but can't decide on the right breed, why not try fostering a charming miniature dachshund from a nearby shelter or rescue? You'll have a blast discovering their lovable quirks and chatting with the shelter crew about their delightful dachshund-y characteristics. Who knows? It could be a paw-sitive match made in doggy heaven!

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