One breed that’s gaining a great deal of popularity these days is the miniature dachshund. While this breed is a smaller version of the standard dachshund, the characteristics between the two are very different.
The dachshund name comes from two words in German translation, dach meaning “badger” and hund meaning “dog”. In 17th century Germany, the miniature dachshund was used for hunting purposes. Even though their stature is small, they can be tenacious and intense. Their natural ability to sniff out competition and to use their other sharp senses makes them great for outdoor adventures.
Physically, the mini dach weighs up to 11lbs and heights range from 5 to 7 inches. Miniature dachshund are extremely playful. While one might think they tire easily from their small frame and short legs, the miniature dachshund has endless amounts of energy.
The mini dach is territorial of their owners and living environment. With the right amount of patience, they warm up to new guests easily. Their sometimes relentless barking and bold attitude has given them a status of being a tiny guard dog.
Typically, miniature dachshunds experience back problems because of their considerably long spine and short rib cage. Owning a mini dachshund is best suited for older children because they possess an understanding and maturity to delicately handle the dog to prevent back injuries.
With the proper tender, love and care, a miniature dachshund can live up to 16 years. What you’ll gain from owning a miniature dachshund is a beautiful companionship. At Pauley’s Pups, we have sweet and clever miniature dachshunds waiting to become a member of your family.
Source – Dogster