Miniature Dachshunds were bred in
Germany specifically to hunt rabbits as they are small enough to go down into a rabbit's burrow.
The Miniature Dachshund is
about 6 inches high at the shoulder. This dog comes in three coat types.
smooth-coated dog can be red, chocolate, gray or white with rust markings, dappled or
brindle. The Smooth-Coated Dachshund needs a sweater in especially cold weather.
Despite his size, this
breed has terrier-like qualities and likes to be the boss! He may be
stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train. However, the Dachshund is
also friendly, playful, alert, and spirited, and makes a terrific
of his temperament, the Miniature Dachshund requires early and consistent
training from a strong, patient, take-charge master. If spoiled, he may
become snappy. Training can be difficult and may require extra time and
patience. Early socialization is a good idea. The Miniature
Dachshund makes a good watchdog as he can make a surprising amount of
noise when barking!
A fenced yard is a must as the Miniature Dachshund has a great sense of
smell and will wander off after an interesting scent. Dachshunds require
regular exercise to fight a tendency to become overweight. This is
particularly important as the Dachshund's body shape does not support
extra weight well. If regularly exercised, this dog can live in an
apartment. However, the neighbors may not appreciate his watchdog
instincts! Children should not be allowed to roughhouse with this dog.