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Miniature Dachshund


Miniature Dachshund puppies are playful, high-spirited, and affectionate. They enjoy showering their owner with love and being with other pets. Like Standard Dachshunds, they adore the outdoors. If you like to be entertained, these extroverted dogs are a wonderful choice.


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The Ultimate Guide to Miniature Dachshunds

The Miniature Dachshund has many nicknames including Doxie, Dashie, and Teckel. In Australia, it is commonly known as the “sausage dog.” The German word “dachs” means “badger” in English, while the word “hund” translates to “dog.”

Miniature Dachshund Puppy Origins

Mini Dachshunds date back to 15th century Germany where they are known as badger dogs. At that time, they were bred to hunt deer, foxes, and rabbits. It was only in the 1800s that they were bred for pets.

In 1888, the German Dachshund Club was founded. Seven years later, the Dachshund Club of America was established. Today, Miniature Dachshunds are recognised by the American Kennel Club.


Key Characteristics of Miniature Dachshunds

Are Miniature Dachshund puppies family-friendly? Yes. These dogs are suitable for families. They are good with children and make wonderful companions for single or older people.
Daily exercise needs?

Miniature Dachshunds don’t need a lot of exercise. Thirty minutes a day is enough to keep them healthy and happy.

Common health issues & considerations Like other dogs, Mini Dachshunds are at risk of some health issues including the following:

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Bloating
  • Cushing’s Disease
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Nature / Temperament Playful, independent, loyal, courageous, and clever
Size Weight
Five kilograms or less at maturity
13 to 18 cm
Suitable Environment  Miniature Dachshunds will do well in small living spaces as long as they get a moderate amount of exercise daily. They can live in apartments as well as houses that do not have a backyard.
Grooming There are three varieties of Miniature Dachshund puppies: short-haired, wire-haired, and long-haired. It is recommended to groom short-haired dogs once a week, and wire-haired and long-haired dogs several times a week.

Other Considerations:

  • Despite their size, Miniature Dachshunds have a surprisingly loud and high-pitched bark. They can be suspicious of strangers, so early socialisation is advised.
  • Because of their long body, these dogs are prone to back issues. It is suggested to train your canine not to jump to and from high places.
  • These dogs have hunting instincts, so do not be surprised if they display some related behaviours. It is recommended to train them at an early age so that they do not dig up your flowers or treat their toys as prey.

Average cost of a Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshunds typicaly range between $1000 and $5500AUD.

How can I take care of my Miniature Dachshund?


The recommended daily food intake for Miniature Dachshunds is ½ to 1½ cups of high-quality dry dog food a day, divided into two meals. Choose food that is high in protein and rich in vitamins, minerals, and fats.

Try to monitor your dog’s food intake every single time as obesity can put a strain on its fragile back. You will know if you are feeding it too much if it starts leaving some food behind in its bowl.


The Miniature Dachshund is a low-maintenance dog. You can wipe clean your short-haired canine with a damp cloth between baths. If you have a wire-haired and long-haired dog, brush its coat regularly to prevent mats from forming.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • When it comes to your dog’s teeth, brushing at least thrice a week is recommended to prevent tartar and bacteria formation.
  • Trim your purebred’s nails at least once a month or when you hear them clicking on the floor.
  • When grooming your dog, check for signs of infection such as redness, rashes, and sores. Eyes should not have any discharge and ears should not emit a bad odour.


At age zero to 12 months, your Mini Dachshund needs only five minutes of physical activity for every month of age. When it reaches four to six months old, you can begin building up the time spent on walks. Starting slow and playing light are recommended while your dog is still young.

This purebred is prone to getting overweight, so daily exercise is suggested. Set aside at least 30 minutes of walking or playing outdoors once it is fully developed, which is usually at age one.


While intelligent, Miniature Dachshunds can be very independent, making them a little challenging to train. Try to be patient and persistent when training them, and use positive reinforcement such as treats and rewards.


To prevent your dog from getting bored, keep your training sessions short and avoid repeating the same exercises. You may also enrol your canine in a kindergarten class where it will be taught basic obedience and socialisation.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Miniature Dachshund Questions

What does a Miniature Dachshund look like?

A Mini Dachshund has an elongated head, a long body, a large chest, well-defined muscles, and short legs. Common colours include red, cream, tan, grey, brown, and black.

Does a Miniature Dachshund shed a lot?

All three varieties of the Miniature Dachshund shed but not excessively. Each is considered a moderate shedder.

What’s the price of Miniature Dachshund puppies?

Miniature Dachshund puppies typically cost between AUD $2,500 and $5,500 from a reputable breeder. To get a healthy dog, avoid buying from a pet store or puppy mill.

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