The correct name for the Miniature Dachshund is Dachshund, its origin is in Germany. The Dachshund is also called Teckel, in southern Germany, you can find it under the affectionate name “Zamperl”.
Wanted Miniature Dachshund
This breed was already widespread in the Middle Ages. They were bred from Bracken with the aim of obtaining dogs that were particularly well suited to hunting in animal burrows underground.
Particular attention was paid to short legs and the Dachshunds, which are still known today, were preserved. This breed is ideally suited to both ground and underground hunting work. Dachshunds have good noses and are very good at following tracks, they enjoy browsing and are tireless on a sweat track.
Dachshunds have very short legs and a relatively long body. They are nevertheless compact and muscular, with the boldly carried head making up the overall appearance. Despite their short legs, Dachshunds are extremely agile and mobile.
Nature of the Miniature Dachshund
Dachshunds have a balanced temperament. They are by no means fearful and also not aggressive. They are very enthusiastic hunting dogs, agile and persistent, and with excellent noses.
Due to their use as hunting dogs, they are not as fixated on their owners as some other dog breeds. The dachshund has great self-confidence, is brave and combative, and does not shy away from larger dogs. A certain stubbornness can be noticed in the miniature dachshund – just a hunting dog 😉
Short-haired dachshunds have a short, dense coat that lies close and smooth. The individual hairs are hard and strong, there are no hairless areas on the body. The fur can be red, but color combinations such as red-yellow and yellow are also possible.
These can also occur with black stitching. White is not desired. Two-tone in the colors jet black or brown also occur, also reddish-brown is often found, each with markings in rusty brown or yellow. The wire-haired dachshunds have a wiry and very dense, evenly lying topcoat that is interspersed with an undercoat. They have a well-developed beard on their muzzle.
The colors are almost always dry leaves, as well as light boar or dark boar. Color combinations like the short-haired dachshunds are also possible.
The long-haired variety of dachshund has a coat that consists of shiny hairs. It is undercoated, lies close to the body, and shows longer hair below the neck and on the underside of the body. On the back of the legs, there is clearly longer hair, which is also referred to there as feathering.
The longest hairs are found on the underside of the tail; there they form a veritable flag. The colors are like the short-haired dachshunds.
Height and Weight
Miniature dachshunds have a chest circumference of approx. 30 cm – 35 cm and weigh up to 5 kg.