Last Updated on July 13, 2022 by Cristina
Are you looking into the different types of Doxie? If you’re wondering what are the key characteristics of a short haired mini dachshund puppy, we’ll try to go over all the major details here. From the size and coat type to health, temperament, exercise requirements, and more – everything you need to know before getting a short haired mini dachshund puppy.
What Does A Short Haired Mini Dachshund Puppy Look Like?
Often called smooth haired dachshund too, these puppies are more or less the quintessential dachshund. They are what most people imagine when they hear about the breed – tiny and short-legged pups with a smooth coat that perfectly marks the outline of their bodies.
And the idea that this is the “quintessential dachshund” is not exaggerated either. Short haired Doxies are the original incarnation of the breed that appeared in Germany six centuries ago. Long and wire haired dachshunds appeared later – the former through a mix with spaniel dogs and the latter – through a mix with terriers.
Granted, miniature dachshunds also appeared a bit later than standard dachshunds but that sub-type wasn’t created through a mix with another breed. Instead, breeders just started selecting the larger members of the original breed as “standards” and the smaller ones as “minis” until they ended up with two distinctly sized sub-types.
So, a short haired mini dachshund puppy is very much a “true” dachshund and is what you’d expect it to look like – long body, short legs, elongated muzzle, thing and curved tail, long and floppy ears, and a short and smooth coat.
What Is The Temperament Of A Typical Short Haired Mini Dachshund Puppy?
The personality of a smooth haired mini Doxie is exactly what you’d expect from a “norma” dachshund – social, affectionate, fun, playful, as well as willful and self-driven. These aren’t the easiest dogs to train, particularly when it comes to potty training but they are not impossible either. Just give them plenty of love as well as obedience training and socialization, and they should develop into fantastic pets.
Are Short Haired Mini Dachshund Puppies Healthy?
If they are bred properly then yes. There is no real reason why miniature and/or short haired dachshund should be less healthy than any other Doxie sub-type. There are some coat colors such as merle/diluted or double dapple that can have associated health problems but that’s true for all sizes and coat types of dachshunds.
So, as long as you make sure that you take your dog from a reputable breeder, it should be healthy. Such a breeder should offer you both a health and hereditary certificates and will even allow you to check out the pup’s parents and litter. If you’re adopting from a shelter you can also ask for detailed medical information about the dog. From there, it’s all up to you how you’ll take care of your pet.
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How Much Should You Exercise A Miniature Dachshund?
Mini dachshunds may be lively and playful and they do need regular exercise but you should also be careful not to “over-exercise” them. In essence – too little exercise can lead to obesity and health problems while too much exercise can lead to back and joint problems. So, the happy medium is usually 30 to 50 minutes of daily exercise, divided into two walks outside and as much indoor playtime as your pup wants.
Conclusion – Short Haired Mini Dachshund Puppy
In conclusion, a short haired mini dachshund puppy is a phenomenal pet to have and doesn’t include any extra considerations compared to most other dachshund types. Be sure to get a dog that’s healthy and they feed, exercise, and care for it properly – do that and you’ll get a wonderful tiny companion with an average lifespan of about 16 years or even more in many cases.
Do mini short-haired Dachshunds shed?
A bit, yes. Short-haired Doxies, mini and standard alike, have double-layered coats even if they are short. This means that they do shed a bit year-round and more during shedding season, typically in early spring and fall. However, thanks to how short their hair is as well as how small their bodies are, mini short-haired dachshunds simply don’t tend to leave all that much dog hair around the home.
Simply put, you need to really neglect their grooming needs for shedding to be a problem. As long as you brush your dog adequately once every few days and you maintain good coat and skin care, shedding should be no issue for you.
How much are short-haired Dachshunds?
The type of dachshund coat isn’t really the chief factor that determined its price. Short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired dachshund puppies can all be either very affordable or insanely expensive. The size of the dachshund does play a small role with miniature dachshunds being more sought-after than standard ones nowadays.
The main factor that determines a pup’s price, however – other than whether or not it is purebred – is the coat color and pattern. This means that a simple black and tan short-haired mini dachshund will have a pretty low expected price tag. An all-black or another rare coat color, however, will have a drastically higher price regardless of whether it’s short-haired or not.
Do long-haired or short-haired dachshunds shed more?
Both of these dachshund coat types shed more or less the same. However, the shedding of a long-haired dachshund will naturally be much more noticeable. There is a world of difference between finding an inches-long strand of dog hair on your couch and finding one that’s half an inch long – in most cases you won’t even notice the latter.
Are short-haired Dachshunds hypoallergenic?
No, they are not. What determined whether or not a dog is hypoallergenic isn’t the length of its hair or the severity of its shedding but the type of its dandruff and saliva – the things dog hairs carry around the air. So, even though short-haired dachshunds don’t shed all that much and don’t have a lot of hair, they are not hypoallergenic.
That being said, they are obviously better for people with allergies than many other breeds because they are smaller. If you groom a mini short-haired Doxie regularly and if you clean and air out your home daily, a person with light allergies may actually feel all right.