15 Things You Should Know Before Bringing Home a Mini Dachshund
Mini poodles have been a favorite small breed for decades, but miniature dachshunds are giving them a run for their money. In 2022, they ranked ninth most popular of all dog breeds in the US — and we can see why. They're adorable, curious and affectionate. Plus, they make wonderful family dogs.
They're also adaptable: They love a big yard as much as the next dog, but they can live happily in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise. What's not to love? Keep reading to see if a mini doxies is the right fit for you.
Mini Dachshunds Are Still Hounds
The breed originated in Germany, and it's nothing more than a smaller version of the standard-sized dachshund. Despite their smaller size, they're every bit as spunky and eager to chase squirrels and chipmunks as their larger counterparts.
Some Mini Dachshunds Have Better Hair Than Their Owners
Longhaired dachshunds require frequent brushing to avoid the development of uncomfortable mats. Since they're so low to the ground, they also tend to pick up dirt and other debris when they go on walks. All of this means more work for their owners, but devoted longhaired doxie fans report that longhaired noodles are more laidback and cuddly.
Shorthaired Dachshunds Are Lower Maintenance
But just as cute, in our opinion. They more closely resemble the hot dogs they're named after and their more independent personalities are ideal. It all depends on individual taste. Keep in mind that while stereotypes about longhaired vs. shorthaired doxies often ring true, every dog has its own temperament that may defy expectations. If you're looking for a specific temperament, your best bet is to meet mini dachshunds in person to see which one you connect with the most.
Doxies Come in Tons of Different Colors and Patterns
This one looks like a floppy-eared Australian shepherd, only in hobbit form. We'll take 12.
English Cream Dachshunds Look Like Mini Golden Retrievers
If you love goldens but lack the space for a large dog breed, this light-haired version of the mini dachshund is as close as you can get to a mini golden. Plus, even though they're small, they have big dog energy. No pampered, purse-dwelling pooch here. A mini doxie may be tiny, but they're real dogs through and through.
Regardless of Where You Stand on Dog Clothes, Look at This
Seriously, just look at it. Shorthaired dachshunds tend to appreciate the warmth of puppy sweaters in colder months and we appreciate how freaking cute they are while wearing them.
Mini Doxies Have More Energy Than You'd Think
Instagram makes them look lazy and quiet, but don't be fooled. Consider this a warning. They're lively little hounds that need plenty of exercise. If they don't get it, they'll hunt down your slippers instead of the neighborhood squirrels.
Dachshunds of All Sizes Love to Play
Their high-energy antics are a hit with kids. Due to their small size, mini dachshunds are better suited to households with older children who won't accidentally step on them or play rough.
Their Long Frames Make Back Injuries More Likely
Not all dachshunds have back problems, but they're more susceptible to injuries from jumping off furniture and other everyday activities that taller breeds have no problem with. Picking them up should be done with care and it's best to get them a set of carpeted steps to help them get on and off the bed or couch safely.
Mini Dachshunds Are More Athletic Than You'd Expect
Just because they're short doesn't mean they're weak. See exhibit A above.
Their Skills, However, Vary Widely
Some are more adept at playing dress up and serving as the vacuum at dinner parties than they are at climbing. Both versions are beautiful.
Half the Time, They're Dreaming About Chicken Wings
Honestly, same. Chimkin is delicious.
Speaking of Chicken Wings, Mini Dachshunds Are a Lot Like Them
You can't have just one. Just keep in mind that every dog, no matter how small, comes with additional vet bills and costs of care. If you can swing an extra snout (or three) to feed, we're not stopping you.
Partially Because They're So Relatable
It's like watching a video of ourselves that we don't recall taking. We're also way more photogenic than we realized.
This video is even more true to life than the last one. If only we looked as cute on our morning commute as Oakley does. His school also looks like a dream. Puppers as far as the eye can see.
And Partially Because They're So Cute
This one needs no caption. It's pretty much an unpaid ad for mini dachshunds. We'd love to know who their marketing agent is because we were sold instantly.
But Mostly, Because They're So Full of Love
Yes, mini dachshunds bark, terrorize local wildlife and avoid going out in the rain at all costs, but training them is a great bonding opportunity. Plus, it's fun and the time you spend together will be generously rewarded with snuggles and puppy kisses. #Worthit