If you’re wondering between a miniature and a standard Doxie or another breed altogether, check out our 9 curious facts about miniature dachshunds. Can we exhaust all the fun things one can discover about this breed with just 9 points? Probably not. But we’ll hopefully at least pique your interest and show you why this breed is getting more and more popular with dog owners in recent years.
9 Facts About Miniature Dachshunds
1. Miniature Dachshunds Are Exactly The Same As Standard Dachshunds – Just Smaller
While standard dachshunds were bred from other hound breeds by selecting for dwarfism features, miniature dachshunds were bred from their bigger Doxie brethren by simply selecting and interbreeding shorter standard Doxies. So, mini and standard dachshunds are essentially the exact same dogs, breeders have just divided the shorter and taller dachshunds into different sets.
2. Mini Doxies Can Be A Bit More Expensive But That’s Only Due To Higher Demand
If the two sub-breeds are the same, why are mini Doxies more expensive? That’s just supply & demand – if people want mini dachshunds more, breeders will charge more for them. The only other factor is that mini Doxies have slightly smaller litters (with ~1 pup less on average) so there are fewer mini Doxies to go around.
3. These Tiny Dogs Were Also Bred For Hunting and Not Just As Pets – Not Initially
It’s well-known that standard dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers and foxes into their narrow dens – that’s why the breed is named that way, it means “badger hound” (dachs-hund) in German. Did you know, however, that mini dachshunds were also bred as hunters? Their prey were rabbits, that’s why they were bred to be smaller – because rabbits’ burrows were narrower.
4. Miniature Dachshunds Aren’t Even The Smallest Type Of Dachshund
While standard and miniature dachshunds are the two officially recognized sizes/types of dachshunds, there are also toy and teacup or rabbit dachshunds that are even smaller than mini Doxies. These types are not recognized as purebreds by most kennel clubs, however.
5. While They Are Just As Healthy As Standard Dachshunds, Mini Doxies Can Have Issues If They Are Bred Improperly
Miniature dachshunds are as healthy as standard Doxies and don’t have any extra health issues to watch out for. The only caveat to this is that it depends on proper breeding. Given the rising popularity of mini Doxies, overbreeding and inbreeding can lead to health issues. So, always ask for a health certificate when you get your pup.
6. Miniature Dachshunds Can Be Quite Obstinate Due To Their Hound Heritage
All scenthound breeds are famous for being stubborn and mini dachshunds are no exception. That’s just part of the profession they were bred for – they needed to be as willful and headstrong as possible, and they were bred to ignore all distractions, including people.
7. If You Don’t Socialize and Train Your Little Pet, You Can Expect It To Get Napoleon Complex
Given their obstinant nature, obedience training is quite important for dachshunds. If you skip that, as well as their need for socialization, you can fully expect them to develop Napoleon Complex or “Small dog syndrome” – the behavior of acting aggressive toward bigger dogs and being disobedient. That’s normal for all small dogs and it’s all in your control to prevent it.
8. Miniature Dachshunds Are Passionate Diggers
As a part of their scenthound and burrow-diving hunting profession, mini dachshunds love to dig. That’s why their front paws are so wide and their chests are so powerful. So, if you have a yard or potted plants at home, you’d want to take some preventative measures. We hope you like ceiling-hanged flower pots.
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9. These Tiny Pups Will Follow Their Noses Wherever They Lead Them
Another fun part of their scenthound nature is just how much these dogs trust their noses and how easily food-motivated they are. Fortunately, their short legs prevent them from exploring the kitchen counters too much.
Of course, there are many other facts about miniature dachshunds we can list. Suffice it to say that there are as many sides to this breed as there are skips in their steps. To really get to know them, however, the best thing you can do is get a miniature dachshund of your own. And, if you already have such a pup, what would you add to our 9 facts about miniature dachshunds?
What are mini Dachshunds known for?
Mini Doxies are known for a lot of things – their short legs and long bodies, their powerful noses and hound instincts, their playful and willful personalities, their affectionate nature, as well as the risk of back problems if you don’t care for your pup well enough. Overall, they are known for being fantastic indoor pets that need a bit of training early on and a relatively specific lifestyle but pay back for all that with lots of love and fun times.
Are miniature Dachshunds good pets?
Cute, playful, affectionate, social, and relatively easy to take care of, miniature dachshunds are one of the most popular pet breeds today, and for good reasons. They are not perfect for any household, of course, but if you want a mostly indoor pet that’s fun to be around and play with, the miniature dachshund is an excellent choice.
Are mini Dachshunds smart?
Dachshunds, big and small, are often told to be less smart than other breeds. This is quite the misconception as it’s based on the dachshund’s trainability rather than its actual intelligence. And that much is true – dachshunds are harder to train because their hound temperament makes them overly willful and stubborn. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also highly intelligent, ingenious, and they don’t love using that intelligence for mischief whenever possible.
Do miniature Dachshunds like to be held?
There’s nothing about the miniature dachshund breed that’d make them dislike being held. If an adult mini Doxie has started developing back pain, however, that can cause discomfort while being picked up or held by the waist. Preventing this is also why you should hold and drop your Doxie as gently as possible. But a healthy and well-socialized dachshund should have no issues about being held.