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Dachshund, Toy Size – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: chshand
Height: up to 12 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Dachshund, Toy Size – Dog Breed Guide


Famous around the world for being the “Hotdog Dog” for its comical shortened legs and very long bodies, the Toy Dachshund is the smallest version of this German hunting dog breed. In Europe they are recognized as a distinct breed from the Miniature variety, but across the Atlantic, US breeders find the Toy and Mini Dachshund as one and the same.

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

Dachshund, Toy Size
Other name:
Toy 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.


Hunters using hunting dogs from Germany have been breeding these dogs as far back as the 1600’s. They were first developed as an answer to burrow diving and hiding small to medium game animals specifically the badger and the rabbit. The Dachshund’s shortened legs and long bodies are perfect for following these types of prey.

The Toy Dachshund is a tiny version of these original badger and rabbit hunters. But today, these tiny sized doggies are more used as companion and family pets rather than small game hunting dogs.


All Dachshund varieties all have the good tempered and friendly traits making them a good choice for home pet and adoption scenarios. They are highly intelligent, fun-loving and just love showing their playful side with an equal amount of affection.

Bred For

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


Toy Dachshunds are the pleasant apartment pets.


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


Toy versions of this breed will be more difficult to train and housebreak. But being patient with these Toy Dachshund dogs would bring great results.


Possible health problems facing the Toy Dachshund dog breed are the tendency to get overweight, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, intervertebral disc disease.


They maybe tiny toy versions, but Dachshunds are Dachshunds and all sizes and types are packed with unbelievable stamina! Mini or Toy Dachshunds requires to be walked daily.