About Miniature Dachshunds
Dachshunds are tirelessly energetic, clever and curious.
Though very loyal to their owners, Miniature Dachshunds can take time to warm up to other people. They relentlessly bark at the sight of strangers which makes them extremely handy—albeit tiny—guard dogs.
Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around, they will frolic and play as if there is no tomorrow. They will also be happy in an apartment but require lots of play and interaction to stay in good physical and mental condition.
Dachshunds are proud and bold. With proper attention and training, their lovable and dependable temperament will shine through. They thrive with single people or within a larger family.
Miniature dachshunds are prone to back problems, due to their relatively long spine and short rib cage. If allowed to jump down from a bed or couch, they can easily slip a disk. For this reason, it is also important to hold them properly, supporting their full frame.
Also, be sure to ration their food appropriately: Dachshunds can gain weight quickly, causing more back problems and other health issues.
A healthy Miniature Dachshund can live as long as 16 years, providing years of fun and companionship.