Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund is a small low-set dog with an elongated body. It has a harsh, wiry coat and trademark facial hair including eyebrows and a beard. It is one of the 6 varieties of the Dachshund breeds available, and forms part of the hound group.

Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund Breed Group


Size of the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

Small. The miniature Wire Haired Dachshund is a small short-legged dog, set low to the ground, with an elongated body.

Country of Origin


Time of original development

The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund is believed to be a very old breed of dog, with similar dogs recorded in history in Ancient Egypt. Dachshunds were a popular dog with royalty throughout Europe throughout history.

The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund’s uses through History

The Dachshund was bred to ‘go to ground’ and hunt out rabbits and badgers.

Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund breed introduction and overview

The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund 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 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 hair 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

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

The breed is generally loving, fun, intelligent and confident around the home. It normally mixes well with other dogs, but not perhaps the best breed for families with young children. It can adapt to living quite happily along side cats, but early socialisation is a must with this dog breed. The MWHD may well be problematic and dangerous to smaller pets in the home

It’s an intelligent, confident dog and makes a loyal companion around the home.

Small children should be instructed to play carefully with the long bodied Dachshund to avoid injury to the vulnerable spine of this dog.

Size and weight of the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

Height bitch 13-18cms

Height dog 13-18cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 3.6-5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 3.6-5kgs

Colour Varieties of the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund comes in a vast assortment of colours and markings which include:

  • Black & Tan
  • Black & Tan Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & Tan
  • Brindle Dapple
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Dapple
  • Dark Brindle
  • Grey Brindle
  • Red
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Dapple
  • Wild Boar

Exercise requirements of the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

A surprisingly energetic and athletic dog breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead and more if you can offer it. Boredom and lack of exercise can result in separation anxiety and unwantedbehaviour such as chewing. Excessive jumping should be avoided to prevent injury to the spinal column.

The MWHD can often forget basic recall when distracted by a scent outdoors.

Is the Miniature Wire 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 on dog walks. It is best suited to an owner with experience of the breed.

Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund coat length

Medium. The MWHD has a harsh wiry outer coat complete with facial eyebrows and beard, and a soft downy undercoat.

Grooming requirements of the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

Medium. The coat requires specialist grooming 2-3 times a years and requires hand stripping. Expect to pay from £40 for hand stripping. Hand stripping does not hurt your dog! The coat should never be clipped. A specialist groomer will be able to advise you on the best way to keep your dog’s coat in good condition in between sessions, but a regular brush with a slicker brush will remove tangles and mud and loose hair.

The muzzle area’s furnishing of eyebrows and beard should be kept clean, and checked regularly for old food deposits.

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


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

Health Issues in the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund

The MWHD comes with a number of health issues, so prospective owners should discuss the following problems that have been recorded in the dog including with the breeder:

  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Spinal problems
  • 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 Wire Haired Dachshund

A healthy MWHD should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-13 years.

Approximate Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £550 for a puppy, and litters are often available. Litter sizes do vary, but 4-8 puppies is around the average. 717 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

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

A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs requires 123gms of complete dry food per day.

The cost of feeding a 5kgs bitch or dog is around £3 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 recommended 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