Miniature Wire-haired Dachshund
Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other. – Robert Benchley (1889-1945)
Since the 1500s, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badger and fox by digging after it.
The original dog was the Standard Smooth Dachshund and all other dachsies were developed from this dog.
Miniature Dachshunds were bred in Germany specifically to hunt rabbits as they are small enough to go down into a rabbit’s burrow.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jo Reeves, Joskip Perm Reg’d, British Columbia
The Miniature Dachshund is about 6 inches high at the shoulder. This dog comes in three coat types. The Wire-Haired Dachshund has a short, straight, harsh double coat and can be red, black and tan, fawn, chocolate, grey or white with rust markings, dappled or brindle. This coat type gives the Miniature Wire-haired Dachshund the look of a terrier. This breed has other terrier-like qualities, and likes to be the boss! He may be stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train. However, the Dachshund is also friendly, playful, alert, and spirited, and makes a terrific companion.
The Miniature Wire-haired is the most active and the most stubborn of the three miniatures. He will benefit from early and consistent training with a strong, patient, take-charge master to avoid becoming snappy. Training can be difficult and may require extra time and patience. Early socialization is a good idea. The Miniature Dachshund makes a good watchdog as he can make a surprising amount of noise when barking!
This dog has a great nose, and must be fenced in so he doesn’t wander off after an interesting smell! They require regular exercise to fight a tendency to become overweight. The Dachshund’s body shape does not support extra weight well.
If regularly exercised, this dog can live in an apartment. However, the neighbours may not appreciate his watchdog instincts! Children should not be allowed to roughhouse with the dog.