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Dachshund, Miniature Size – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 11 pounds (4.9 kg) or less
Height: 5 - 7 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Dachshund, Miniature Size – Dog Breed Guide


The Miniature Dachshund dog breed is a global star! This is a dog that is known internationally as the “hotdog”, for its long sausage-like bodies! They are well loved through the decades, and although German in origin, the Hotdog Dog, is also one of America’s icons since World War II!

Officially there are just two types of Dachshund, the Standard and the Miniature. Some parts of the world recognize three sizes of this German native dog, the Standard, Miniature and the Toy varieties. There are also three varieties of coating which are seen in all sizes: the Short Haired, Wirehaired and Longhaired types.

Official Name

Miniature Size
Other name:
Miniature Dachshund
Wiener Dog
Hotdog Dog
Sausage Dog
Long Dog
Little Burrow Dog
Earth Dog
Badger Dog
Tekkel Doxie
Perro Salchicha


Date – 1600’s / Country – German
Family / Group – Scent hound, Hound,

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Since the 1600’s, German hunters who utilizes dogs to capture prey has been trying to find a perfect hunting dog to catch badgers and rabbits, animals that love to dive down deep in their borrows. Back then, most hunting dog types are just too large to fit in these tiny burrows, so the pioneer breeders decided to create a dog breed for this purpose. This is the origin of the Miniature Dachshund. Their shortened legs and lengthy hotdog-like bodies which most find comical, serves a very specific purpose. That is to fit inside long and small burrows to catch their prey!


Miniature Dachshund dogs are good tempered and friendly, making them one of the top choices of dogs for adoption. Their high intelligence balances their mischievous side. These are dogs who will always who their affection to family and their masters.

Bred For

Developed to hunt badgers. Today they are used as hunting dogs as well as companion pets.


Miniature Dachshunds are the idyllic apartment pets. They are known to be adaptable to all kinds of living conditions from city, rural to suburban settings.


Special needs and attention is required to groom the non-smooth Miniature Dachshund varieties.


It can be difficult to train and housebreak these dogs. But being patient with these minis would bring great results.


Possible health troubles that may affect the Miniature Dachshund dog breed are the inclination to get obese, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, inter-vertebral disc disease.


They maybe mini versions, but these dogs are also packed with unbelievable stamina! Mini or Toy Dachshunds requires to be walked daily.