Miniature Dachshund Breed Information

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Miniature Dachshund

This breed is nicknamed the sausage dog, which is an accurate description of the Dachshund’s shape. The Miniature Dachshund can be longhaired, wirehaired, or smooth-coated. The Miniature Dachshund is certainly an intelligent dog breed, but they have a reputation for being stubborn. Miniature Dachshunds love to be around their humans, and will follow you “helpfully” through the home. They can be reserved with strangers, and may bark at them. Miniature Dachshunds are confident, though sometimes a little stubborn, but they are ultimately very sweet-tempered, playful dogs, and do well in most homes.

Miniature Dachshund breed attributes

About Miniature Dachshund breed

Description

This breed is nicknamed the sausage dog, which is an accurate description of the Dachshund’s shape. The Dachshund is low slung with short legs, with a surprisingly muscular body. They have long muzzles, floppy ears, and an alert, clever expression. The chest is barrel like, providing room for large lungs: this gives the Dachshund a loud, booming bark.

In the USA, Great Britain, and other Anglophone countries, there is only one size of miniature Dachshund; however in Germany there are two variants. These are miniature (zwerg) and rabbit (kaninchen). A Dachshund’s classification as miniature or rabbit is based on their chest circumference. The rabbit Dachshunds are smaller than the FCI’s Miniature Dachshunds.

Origin: Germany

Look

The Miniature Dachshund can be longhaired, wirehaired, or smooth-coated. Their fur colour and pattern is variable. These colourations include red, cream, black and tan, chocolate and tan, blue and tan, isabella and tan, brindle, merle, sable, and piebald (the AKC does not accept double merle or piebald in their breed standard). Dachshunds shed moderately, but are very easy to groom on the whole. Smooth Dachshunds may feel the cold in the winter and might need a coat to keep warm. Longhaired Dachshunds have slightly wavy fur that needs daily brushing to avoid tangles. Wirehaired Dachshunds have a bushy appearance, with a beard and big eyebrows.

Health

While the Miniature Dachshund is a fairly healthy dog, they are prone to a few health conditions:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (bloat)
  • Epilepsy
  • Canine Diabetes
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Deafness

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Learning

The Miniature Dachshund is certainly an intelligent dog breed, but they have a reputation for being stubborn. They are thought to be difficult to housetrain, so you’ll need to be both patient and persistent, especially with a puppy. Crate training can be very useful for house training your Miniature Dachshund.

Early socialisation is very important for the Miniature Dachshund, as this breed can become very protective of its humans.

Temperament

Miniature Dachshunds love to be around their humans, and will follow you “helpfully” through the home. They can be reserved with strangers, and may bark at them; this is not always a desirable trait, but does make them excellent guard dogs. These clever dogs were originally bred to hunt badgers, and retain an independent, brave, and energetic nature from their hunting days.

Miniature Dachshunds are confident, though sometimes a little stubborn, but they are ultimately very sweet-tempered, playful dogs, and do well in most homes. They tend to bond strongly with one person, so socialisation is important to prevent your Miniature Dachshund from becoming over-protective or aggressive.

Living with

Be warned: Miniature Dachshunds LOVE to dig! As they were originally bred for badger hunting, Miniature Dachshunds have a strong urge to dig, and they are very good at it. They are also very tenacious, and will persist when they want something; for example, they may pester you for attention or treats. They also have a strong hunting instinct, and may go after small animals; it’s probably not a good idea to keep hamsters or gerbils when there’s a Dachshund on the prowl. Miniature Dachshunds can be vocal, and have a loud, booming bark; fortunately they are clever enough that it should be possible to train them to understand the “quiet” command.

If you are ready to work through these challenges, you will find that owning a Miniature Dachshund can be very rewarding. Despite their small stature, they are energetic and are surprisingly good at canine sports such as field trials and canine agility. Regular exercise is very important to keep your Miniature Dachshund fit and happy. They are prone to back problems (such as slipped discs), so don’t let your Dachshund jump from high place. You should also hold your Miniature Dachshund so as to properly support their back.

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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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