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.
Small. Short-legged, low to the ground, with a elongated body.
The breed comes in an assortment of colours which include
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 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.
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:
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.
Height bitch 13-18cms
Height dog 13-18cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 3.6-5kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 3.6-5kgs
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.
The breed is generally placid and loving around the home, but has an independent and detached temperament. It can be aloof with strangers.
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.
Long. The Miniature Long Haired Dachshund has long silky feathers on the ears, chest, backs of legs, paws, pads, abdomen and tail.
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.
No. The MLHD sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The Dachshund sadly comes with many potential health issues, so do consult your breeder on the following known problems in the breed:
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.
A healthy Dachshund should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: