Miniature Dachshund

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The Miniature Dachshund is ranked as the 3rd most popular small breed, and 9th overall

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Miniature Dachshund

The Miniature Dachshund is a friendly, curious, and brave dog, coming in three coat types; smooth-haired, wire-haired, and long-haired. They also come in a variety of color patterns.

You can be sure that he will make a fine watchdog, due to their vigilant and smart nature, as well as their “big dog” bark – which they are quite eager to share with everyone!

Because the Dachshund was bred to be independent hunters of dangerous prey, their bravery can put them in positions you’d probably prefer they didn’t. They can also prove to be a bit stubborn, but with a loving nature, and the famous long and low silhouette, the Miniature Dachshund has proven to be a popular breed over the years.

A fully grown Miniature Dachshund has an average height of 5–6 inches, and will weigh somewhere between 10–11 pounds.

The average life expectancy of a Miniature Dachshund is around 12–16 years.

Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshund Average Statistics

Average size and life expectancy of a Miniature Dachshund.


5–6 inches


10–11 pounds

Life Expectancy

12–16 years

Miniature Dachshund Characteristics

Just like humans, dogs have unique personalities. But did you know that there are common personality and character trends unique to each breed?

This means that it’s worth taking the time to understand the differences in personality, character, and needs of each breed before choosing the right dog for your family, for you, and your lifestyle.

Below is a table we created to show the personality and character traits commonly associated with Miniature Dachshund‘s in an easy-to-read table. Each row contains a character trait, a score ranging from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), and a description.

Affectionate5How affectionate a breed is with family members or close friends. Some breeds are reserved around strangers, while others treat everyone as a close friend.
Playful4How eager a breed is to play, even as an adult. Some breeds will want to play tug-of-war or fetch until they are old, while others will be content to lounge on the couch with you.
Energy3A breed’s need for exercise and mental stimulation. High-energy breeds are always ready for their next challenge. They’ll spend the day running, jumping, and playing. Low energy breeds are like couch potatoes who enjoy a good nap.
Trainability4How easy it will be to train and how eager your dog will be to learn. Some breeds only want to please their owners, while others prefer to do their own thing, whenever they want!
Grooming Requirements2How often a breed’s coat needs to be brushed, trimmed, or otherwise maintained. When looking at the grooming effort required, consider your time, patience, and budget. Nail trimming is required on all breeds.
Shedding2How much fur and hair the breed will leave behind. High-shedding breeds require more frequent brushing, are more likely to cause allergies, and require more frequent vacuuming and lint-rolling.
Drooling2A breed’s drool-proneness. If you’re a neat freak, dogs that slobber on your arm or wet your clothes may not be the best choice.
Watchdog5How often the breed will bark or howl. Some breeds will bark at every passer-by or cat in the window. Some barkless breeds can still communicate using other sounds.
Good with Children3The breed’s tolerance to children’s behavior and overall family-friendly nature. Always supervise dogs around young children or children of any age unfamiliar with dogs.
Good with Dogs4How sociable a breed is with other dogs. Interactions and introductions with other dogs should always be supervised, but some breeds are naturally more likely to get along, both in public and at home.
Good with Strangers4How friendly a breed is towards strangers. Some breeds are reserved or cautious around strangers, whether at home or in public. In contrast, others will be excited to meet a new human!

Keeping your Miniature Dachshund happy & healthy

Did you know that each dog breed has different needs to keep them both physically and mentally healthy?

That means things like exercise requirements, grooming needs, mental stimulation, frequent training, and bonding time will need to be taken into consideration before you decide whether a Miniature Dachshund is right for you.

So let’s start with listing out the needs of the Miniature Dachshund, and describe the minimum expectations that will be required to keep your dog happy and healthy, helping you to decide if they’re the right breed for you.

Exercise Requirements for Miniature Dachshund‘s

While a Miniature Dachshund doesn’t require extensive exercise, it will need moderate levels of activity each day to stay happy and healthy.

We suggest aiming for daily exercise between 30 and 60 minutes, which can be spread across several daily walks or playtime in the backyard.

Are Miniature Dachshund‘s a playful breed?

Yes, Miniature Dachshund‘s are a playful breed. In fact, Miniature Dachshund‘s are rated as one of the most playful small dog breeds, making them a perfect fit for young, fun, and playful families. They’ll just love running around playing in the house or yard, and love to play games such as rope pull, chase, and make games for themselves out of any soft toy.

Are Miniature Dachshund‘s easy to train?

Miniature Dachshund‘s are known to be quite a challenge when it comes to training, but with some persistence, consistency, and patience, you can be sure to reap the benefits from taking the time to train him.

Just remember that as with any element of training, but especially potty training your dog, positive reinforcement and consistency from you is one of the most important aspects of training.

Random Facts about Miniature Dachshunds

For a bit of fun, here are some facts about Miniature Dachshunds:

  • The Dachshund originated from Germany more than 300 years ago. The name is a literal translation from German: “Badger Dog”, broken down as “Dachs” (badger) and “hund” (dog).
  • The standard-sized Dachshund was developed to find (scent), chase, and flush out burrow-dwelling animals such as badgers, and foxes. While the miniature Dachshund was bred to hunt smaller animals such as rabbits.
  • While Dachshunds have various aliases associated with them, including badger dog, due to their long, narrow build, they are also fondly referred to as wiener and sausage dog.
  • Dachshunds come in three coat varieties: Smooth haired, wire-haired, and long-haired.
  • During World War I, American adopters of the Dachshund started calling them “Liberty Hounds” due to the anti-German sentiment of the time.

Medical Conditions

Some breeds are prone to medical conditions, so severe, others mild. But either way, it’s important for you to be aware of such issues as a responsible dog owner, so you know what potential symptoms to look out for, and what steps to take if you spot any in your dog.

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  • Lafora Disease – an inherited form of epilepsy that can affect any breed but is known to be present in Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshunds, Beagles, and Basset Hounds.

FAQs about Miniature Dachshund‘s

People also regularly ask the following questions about Miniature Dachshund

What is the average height of a Miniature Dachshund?

The height of a fully grown Miniature Dachshund will be somewhere around 5 to 6 inches. Don’t worry if your Miniature Dachshund is slightly over or under those figures, as this is just a breed average.

What is the average weight for a Miniature Dachshund?

Ideally, your Miniature Dachshund should weigh somewhere between 10 and 11 pounds. This is an average for the breed overall, so if your pup comes in slightly over, or slightly under this weight, don’t worry too much.

How to tell if my Miniature Dachshund is overweight?

In surveys conducted by Pet Obesity Prevention since 2012, more than 55% of dogs are now classified as overweight or obese. This number has been steadily increasing from 52.5% in 2012, with the most recent numbers in 2018 being 55.8%.

That’s an increase of 3.3% in just six years, showing that dog obesity is a problem that is only getting worse over time.

We’ve created an easy-to-use dog calorie calculator to give a pretty good idea of how many calories your dog needs to maintain energy requirements (or MER).

Keep your dog happy and healthy, and be sure to regularly check the weight of your dog to ensure a long and healthy life.

What is the life expectancy of a Miniature Dachshund?

The average life expectancy for a Miniature Dachshund is 12 to 16 years, although don’t be surprised if your dog lives longer!

It’s not uncommon to fall outside of this age range, mainly due to health and medical conditions. So keep your dog happy and healthy, ensure your dog’s weight is kept within the ideal range, with plenty of exercise and playtime to keep his mind and body healthy, helping to extend his life!

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