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Miniature Dachshund

Size: Small

Weight: 9 - 10 lbs.

Height: 5" - 10"

Life Span: 14 - 17 years

Health Problems: Dachshund paralysis (hereditary spinal disc problems); heart disease; urinary tract infections; diabetes; easy weight gain

Origin: Germany (1900s)

Also Known As: Zwergteckel

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

Dachshunds have a tendency to get lazy and gain weight, so it is important to introduce them to exercise early in life. Short walks, romp and play are adequate for this breed.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

Feisty, strong willed, curious and affectionate. This breed does well with older children, but can be snappish and jealous. The Miniature Dachshund has a tendency to pick a "favorite" in the family and become "their" dog. This breed can be difficult to train. Some clever Dachshunds will attempt to train their owners, rather than being trained. "

Compatibility with Kids

Dose well with older children

History

Formally bred in the 1800s as badger hunters, the breed may date back to ancient Egypt.

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