The Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund is a small, compact dog. It is a short-legged dog, set low to the ground with an elongated body. The Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund is the most popular Dachshund of the 6 varieties available, and forms part of the hound group.
The breed comes in an assortment of colours and markings including:
A very old breed with similar type dogs depicted in drawings in Ancient Egypt.The Dachshund was sent down to ground to hunt rabbits and badgers. Their wide front paws perfect for digging, and the Dachshund small enough to enter holes making it a good and efficient hunter.
The MSHD is a small dog with short legs and distinctive long body. Dachshunds are available in many varieties, which can seem confusing to the prospective new owner, so here’s a simple guide andexplanation to all the different varieties available:
There are 2 sizes of Dachshund, miniature and standard, and 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 Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund is also known as the Badger Dog, and of course the sausage dog. It’s an intelligent, confident and strong willed dog for its size.
Height bitch 13-18cms
Height dog 13-18cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 3.6-5kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 3.6-5kgs
The Dachshund requires at least an hour of exercise every day. It’s a breed that can suffer from unwanted and destructive behaviour such as separation anxiety if it does not receive adequate levels of physical activity and stimulation.
The Dachshund can be disobedient outside, especially if he finds an interesting scent. Poor recall, roaming and running off are all common problems in the Dachshund.
Care should be taken to ensure your Dachshund does not jump up and down excessively, due to the risk of injury to the spine. Avoid walking in areas with steep drops or steps.
Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets
The Dachshund is generally placid, loving and sociable around the home, making it a good family dog. It normally gets along well with children, but does not enjoy boisterous atmospheres or rough handling. Youngsters should be taught to play gently, and avoid activities that may injure the dog, such as carrying it and dropping it from any height.
The Dachshund will often not tolerate cats, and exposure to smaller pets is not advisable either due to the strong prey drive of this breed.
No. The Dachshund 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 experience of the breed.
Low. The coat requires minimal grooming, but a polish with a chamois leather will add a beautiful shine to the short coat. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. The MSHD sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The breed sadly comes with many potential health issues. Do talk to your breeder about problems that have been noted 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 12-13 years.
Expect to pay around £550 for a puppy, and litters are often available. There were 3,450 Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
There are generally 4-8 puppies in an average litter.
A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs requires around 123gms of complete dry food per day.
The cost of feeding a 5kgs bitch or dog is around £3.00 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: