Any dog that has a quoted description that goes "A half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long" must be fun to have around, right? Well, in the Dachshund's case that's definitely true. Although they were originally bred to flush out badgers and other small mammals, Dachshunds today enjoy the life of a true family dog.
Dachshunds are very lively, proud, bold dogs that can be stubborn at times. They are, however, extremely affectionate and devoted to their family but can be difficult to train sometimes. They'll be protective of kids and they have surprising stamina for such little dogs!
Be aware that these little dogs are curious and like to dig, so if you've got a prize-winning flower garden you'd better put up a fence just in case. Dachshunds also like to bark, and they can bark pretty loud for such a little dog. They make excellent watchdogs.
Dachshunds don't need a lot of exercise, which makes them great for apartment living, but be careful not to overfeed this breed as they can gain weight quickly. They're prone to back problems because of their elongated shape, and if they become overweight this can only add to the strain on their back. They do enjoy walks and will welcome any outdoor play with enthusiasm. They should be discouraged from jumping and bounding up and down stairs, as this can really hurt their back later in life.
Mini Dachshunds generally live 16 years or more.
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club
. If you would like information on adopting a Mini Dachshund in dire need of a loving family, you can visit www.drna.org
||5 inches tall
||Tan, Yellow, Dark Brown, Deep Black, Gray
||Daily with the long-haired breed, and only occasional with the smooth-coated dogs
||AKC, ANKC, NZKC
||Dachshund literally means "badger dog" in German