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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.


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


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

Dog Food for Your Miniature Dachshund

Small Breed Puppy 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Puppy

For the care and nutrition of Small Breed Puppies.

Small Breed Adult 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of small breed dogs.

Small Breed Senior 6lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Senior

Helps support the lifelong health of small breed senior dogs.

Bil-Jac Picky No More Small Breed Dog Food package front on countertop

Picky No More™ Small Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of small breed dogs. 

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