Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund is a small short-legged dog with an elongated body. The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund originates from Germany and forms part of the popular hound group of dogs.

Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Breed Group

Hound

Size of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

Small. Short-legged, low to the ground, with a elongated body.

Colour Varieties of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

The breed comes in an assortment of colours which include

  • Black & Tan
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Chocolate Dapple
  • Red
  • Shaded Red
  • Silver Dapple

Country of Origin

Germany

Time of original development

The Dachshund’s origins are unclear, but similar types of dogs have been depicted in drawings from Ancient Egypt, making it a very old breed indeed.

The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund’s uses through history

The Dachshund was put to ground to hunt rabbits and badgers, its wide,large front paws making them perfect for digging. It was also a popular choice of dog in many royal households throughout Europe. Today it enjoys life primarily as a companion pet.

Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Breed introduction and overview

The MLHD is a small dog with short legs and distinctive long body.

Dachshunds are available in many varieties, which can be daunting and confusing to the prospective new owner, so here’s a simple guide and explanation to all the different varieties available:

There are 2 sizes of Dachshund, miniature and standard, the word standard is commonly dropped.

There are 3 different coats available, these are the smooth, wire and long coats.

There are standard and miniature sizes of Dachshund, available, in the 3 different coats, making a total of 6 varieties!

So, the 6 varieties of Dachshund are:

  • Smooth Hair Miniature
  • Smooth Hair Standard
  • Long Hair Miniature
  • Long Hair Standard
  • Wire Hair Miniature
  • Wire Hair Standard

The Dachshund is an intelligent, alert, friendly and confident dog. The long body makes the breed vulnerable to spine injuries, so excessive jumping up and down should be discouraged.

Size and weight of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

Height bitch 13-18cms

Height dog 13-18cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 3.6-5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 3.6-5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The MLHD may develop unwanted behavioural problems if it doesn’t receive enough exercise and stimulation.

This dog also can be difficult to control outdoors, especially if it picks up a scent. Owners should avoid letting their dog jump up and down excessively and select safe walking areas, avoiding steep terrains, that may cause injury to the vulnerable spine of this breed.

Miniature Long Haired Dachshund temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The breed is generally placid and loving around the home, but has an independent and detached temperament. It can be aloof with strangers.

Is the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This dog is not suggested for a novice owner. The dog is difficult to train and can be stubborn and disobedient. It is best suited to an owner with the necessary patience and experience of the breed.

Miniature Long Haired Dachshund coat length

Long. The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund has long silky feathers on the ears, chest, backs of legs, paws, pads, abdomen and tail.

Grooming requirements of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

High. The coat requires grooming daily grooming with special attention given to the long feathers that can grow to the floor. A soft slicker brush is ideal for keeping the feathers tangle free.

The dangling ears may make meal times and water breaks a messy event, so ears should be dried off and checked for any food deposits every day. A professional groomer will be able to trim the ears if they become too problematic.

Ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The MLHD sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund sadly comes with many potential health issues, so do consult your breeder on the following known problems in the breed:

  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cushings syndrome
  • Spinal problems
  • Patellar luxation - dislodged knee cap
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

A healthy Dachshund should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Miniature Long Haired Dachshund pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500 for a puppy, and litters are normally available. In fact, there 844 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 4-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Miniature Long Haired Dachshund would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs 123gms of complete dry food daily.

The cost of feeding a 5kgs bitch or dog costs around £3.50 per week.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment