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The Dachshund was bred several hundreds years ago as a hunting dog, their long low shape enabled them to follow creatures into underground burrows. It is suspected that they share a common ancestry with the Basset Hound. Dachshund history traces all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, with mummified dogs found buried with their owners. However, they are more recently historically linked to England and the 1700's with Queen Victoria.
The Dachshund's unique appearance has made them popular as pets. They are easy to train and you should understand that it is in their nature to bark and dig. They are usually no taller than 14 inches, and come in three varieties (the Toy Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund and Standard Dachshund). Unique among this dog is that they have over 40 teeth in their mouth making their mouths like small razor farms. They come in both short and long haired breed versions, both exhibiting traditional dachshund stature being low to the ground and elongated bodies. They are prone to spinal and disc problems, and care should be taken to ensure the dog does not jump from couches or places that are high off the ground relative to their height. Several cases of paralysis of dachshunds are reported each year from jumping less than 2 feet off the ground.
This is a cheerful yet independent breed, and they have a tendency to bond strongly to one person. Dachshunds are extremely intelligent and will take well to training as long as their independent nature it taken into consideration. They are great and fun puppies with a lot of energy, but care should be taken when raising dachshund puppies around children. Also, special care should be taken that they are not allowed to become overweight as it will put undue stress on their spine. It's always sweet to feed your puppy, but if you feed them too much you are setting them up for a world of health issues. If you are careful with what you feed them and where you place them in your home, your Dachshund dog can live up to 16 years.
Basic Dog Breed Information
Weight Range: 9 - 11 lbs.
Avg. Height: 8 in.
Breed Origin: Germany
AKC Group: Hound
Miniature Dachshund Liftstyle Info
Tolerates Cold Weather
Tolerates Hot Weather
Good w/Other Animals
Can Live Outside
Needs Grooming Often
Lives Well In City Life
Good With Kids
The miniature Dachshund was developed to hunt rabbits, it had to be smaller to be able to fit in rabbit warrens.
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Left On: Apr 24, 2013 07:43PM From: ICL
Title: Mini doxie - dental care
Hi everyone -
Want to share this with all doxie owners / lovers, so no one will be hurting as I am at the moment. We have twin mini doxies, male and female, who are now 4.5 yrs old. We've had them since they were 8 weeks old, and they are as precious to us as our "two-legged" children.
At their annual check-up earlier this year, the vet recommended that we consider deep cleaning for our dogs' teeth, as the female's teeth especially had too much plaque. The female is a petite, slender hot dog of 12#, and the male is a larger, huskier 21# sausage "tweenie". They had the deep cleaning done today, and I was SHOCKED that my female had to have NINE teeth pulled.
Because she's petite, and this breed has 42 teeth, her teeth are tightly "packed" and overlap in her mouth. This further increases the risk of dental decay and infection, especially under the gum line. Dixies, the vet told me, are second after Yorkies for high risk of dental problems. At this point, the vet recommends we have the dogs' teeth deep cleaned once a year, especially the female's, given her tooth loss and higher risk than her brother's. The husky male, who's larger and has a bigger mouth, thankfully walked away with perfectly cleaned pearly whites.
So don't wait for your vet to recommend cleaning: if your mini is especially small, and you see ANY plaque on the teeth, invest the money in their health and do the deep cleaning. Vet said around 3 yrs old is when the plaque can suddenly appear and build up very fast. I just wish I did this a year earlier, and someone tole ME about the risks.
Love your doxies: no one else will as much as you do.
Left On: Apr 14, 2013 01:34AM From: kensey
Title: my stella
Stella is my minni dachshund she is the bestest friend I could have asked for she jus turned 5 she's spunky stubborn smart n loving. Her back is hurting her aready thou due to jumping probly n stairs. She was rather hard to potty train hating the cold n rain. Advice f the paper plop em right outside
Left On: Feb 16, 2013 10:48AM From: Teresa
Title: Potty problems
My short haired mini dachsund is four years old & wets in the house. He has been checked by a vet & is in good health. He has access to the outside (doggy door) 24 hrs/day as no one is home for 10-11 hrs during the day. He sneaks off secretly to spots when weather is bad & he doesn't want to go out. I am getting new laminate flooring which can't take moisture. Living in Indiana, I hate to put him outside but running out of options. Can he be kept outside in doghouse with electric dog pad for warmth during the day (in fenced yard)?
Left On: Jan 11, 2013 03:32PM From: Kim
Title: Answer to Sandra....Potty trianing
You can lay out newspaper indoors or let them go out with the yorkie when they potty. Their smart dogs and if their threatened by the yorkie they may do it out of spite.
Left On: Jul 15, 2012 07:13AM From: Sandra
Title: Potty training
I have had my Dachhund for 2 months now, and he still goes potty in the house,even after he goes out side. Does anyone have any advice on how to help me train him better? I have 2 yorkies also and thy get the message, they are 10 yr. old now
Left On: Jun 01, 2012 08:06PM From: Mel
Title: dachsund history
The dashsund is a german bread dog that was bread to dig for baggers in germany. They are small but think they are the size of a much larger dog. I have 2 now one male and one female. The female is very obedient. The male goes thru seperation anxiety when my husband leaves to go to work. I'm at my wits end as to what to do. Any suggestions?
Left On: Jun 01, 2012 07:47PM From: Mel
Title: RE: Rebeka
i have had several dachshunds. My first one had back problems and eventually had surgery. I am in the health care business and he didn't want to use his back legs so i started putting him in a tub with water just to hold him up and for 3 times a day and before i knew it he was using his back legs to swim and then he was back to his old self. He was 10 at the time and lived to be 17. With no problems. Hope you see this and it helps.
Left On: Mar 28, 2012 07:15PM From: pam
Title: response allergic reaction/emily's mini-doxie
@3 or 4yrs.ago,1 of the 2 rescue animals we got had same problem with her vaccinations.don't remember whether it was the dachshund or the puggle tho. they were only 1 wk. apart. sorry. it was scary but we were prepared the next time with anti-histamines ahead of time so it was easier.it is unusual i heard but i personally am one of those"unusual" kind of patients for my md.so i guess i figured why not my dogs?
Left On: Jun 13, 2011 09:42AM From: catherine
my miniature dachshund is turning 7 months on the 15.she already knows how to sit fetch and walk without a leash.but this was a progress.but one thing is that if you teach them something,don't stop there you have to keep reminding them because they will forget everything..trust me!
Left On: Apr 22, 2011 10:38PM From: Jim
Title: How Old?
At what age does a miniature Dachshund come into her first heat?
Left On: Feb 23, 2011 03:13PM From: Rebeka
I have a mini dachshund, he will be nine in june. He was paralyzed for about two and a half months, last year. We took him to the vet and they told us he did have a chance to walk again but it was going to be alot of work they gave him valium and steriods. So I worked with him and eventually he slowly started walking again. He was doing great but now he has swollen ankles and small cuts on the bottom of his feet. My fiancÃ© gave him a walk couple days ago because he is starting to gain weight. When he came back from the walk he seemed wore out and his ankle was swollen. Then the next day both of them were. He has been sleeping alot and doesn't have energy like he did. Can someone tell me why his ankles are swollen and if I can't walk him what do I do to get the weight off??
Left On: Feb 15, 2011 11:09AM From: Emily
Title: Vaccination Allergic reaction
We had our our mini doxie vsccinated in July 10 and a couple of months later in which both times she had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccinations. Has anyone encountered this. Our vet told us it was unusal, but that he had one more incident like this within 2 weeks. Can anyone give me any info on this or refer me someone who can.
Left On: Feb 05, 2011 07:18PM From: Kent David Robinson
Title: new mini Doxie
Just adopted a mini today. He is just one yr. old. He came from previous home where their other dog fought with him. The doxie (male) has scars ALL over. Including, the tip of his tail has been bit off!! He is tremendously frightened of me and my Siamese. I am already IN LOVE with him. I have left him mainly alone today, cause, I don't want to stress him out. Am I handling the situation correctly?
Left On: Feb 04, 2011 11:20AM From: Renee
Patience, Doxies are territorial but they get over it. sometimes it takes more than a few weeks. My two doxies are litter brother's and they had issues at first but now they have grown to depend on each other and if they are seperated they panic. Mind you they still bicker with each other but for the most part they really love and care for one another. I'm their solo owner and they both want my undivided attention which isn't always easy to give but I try and it helps they relate to each other as equals with me as the pack leader who has final say. Tell your friend to be patient and they will eventually find a middle ground with each other.
Left On: Jan 17, 2011 01:23PM From: Lori
Title: House Training problems in 5 yr old mini
Hi, I have 2 minis, both female and both about 5 years old. One of them has always had issues with house training, and I dont know what to do.When we are home on the weekends, she does good but during the week, I always have messes to clean up. Also this dog has some real anger issues, one minute she will be fine, the next minute she turns into Cujo for no apparent reason.Sometimes she will be on my bed and I will walk into by bedroom, and she will coming flying at me with her teeth bared and snapping. Then she will go hide under the bed and wont come out for awhile.She does this to everyone in our house, and there is no provocation for it. Other timesm she will be so sweet that she will lay all over your face and lick you to death.. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated..
Left On: Nov 22, 2010 09:52AM From: samantha
Title: answer for patty
hi this is for patty we just recentley got a minie doxie for my sister and i dont know if u need advice on potty training or on commands like sit but my sister trains her doxie by getting it in trouble if it goes to the bathroom she gets her in trouble and puts her in the kennel all i can say now is good luck i hope that helped
Left On: Nov 09, 2010 02:03PM From: Patty
I am having a hard time training my dachshund, any advice??
Left On: Aug 14, 2010 08:37PM From: stephanie.(:
my weinnie dog is 1 year old and a few months!(:
he is the cutest little thing.(:
he is a perfectly marked black and tan smooth haired.(: totally gorgeous!!! he knows every trick in th book! no lie. he can roll over, lay down, sit, shake, walk, beg, speak...anything! dachshunds are very obiedient dogs, obviously.(:
we want to find bama a female dachshund for sale so we can have some weinnie puppys.(:
if by chance anyone has a female mini dachshund smooth coat for sell in ALABAMA we would gladly appreciate some information.(:
Left On: Jun 28, 2010 10:56PM From: Derek\'s mommy
Love my new mini! He has some issues. First it was Giardia. And now it is hook worms, and yeast in the ears. So lucky we found a wonderful vet who is caring for our lil guy! He is 4 months old, and the best dog I have ever had!! : )
Left On: May 18, 2010 11:38AM From: 2222222
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Left On: May 15, 2010 05:28PM From: Momilee
Title: Ear Odor
Have your vet check your mini weenie for ear mites as this can cause odor you describe. It\'s easy to treat....sometimes comes back and has to be treated 2 or 3 times before it\'s gone forever.
Left On: Mar 29, 2010 08:28PM From: sherrie
Title: love mini weenies
i love my mini weenies.... i just recently purchased another mini and he has a bad ordor comming from his little ears... my other one never had this problem and i was woundering if anyone out there could tell me what this might be?
Left On: Sep 02, 2009 06:27PM From: Tammi
Title: My new Doxie (mini) puppies hate each other - HELP!
A coworker purchased a mini Dox as soon as it was weaned...everything going smooth..under the advice of many friends (dog owners) she purchased another so they could be raised together & have a companion... It\'s been almost 2 weeks with the new puppy & they hate each other, biting, growling...they can\'t be within a few feet of each other without trying to \'kill\' each other...didn\'t ask the gender of each...does anyone have any advice? She is starting to have 2nd thoughts about bringing in the 2nd puppy...any Dvice is appreciated.