The increase in popularity of both the Standard and Miniature Dachshunds in the UK is simply phenomenal. It can be attributed largely to a spate of TV programmes and exposure in social media. It’s no wonder the sausage dogs have become a favourite among celebrities and regular folks. However, caring for a Dachshund is a long-term commitment that comes with challenges. Before bringing home a Miniature Dachshund puppy, ask these 8 critical questions to gauge if you are ready to be a Dachshund owner.
How big can a Miniature Dachshund grow?
Just like the Standard Dachshund, the Mini Dachshund has a long body and short legs, which earned them the moniker ‘sausage dog’. Upon reaching maturity, the Miniature Dachshund is expected to grow to 13 to 18 centimetres in height and 3 to 5 kilograms in weight.
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How much time can you commit?
A Miniature Dachshund has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Having these sausage dogs as pets means a long-term companionship and commitment. The breed cannot handle being left alone for long periods. They are very affectionate and like to stay by their owner’s side at all times.
It is also important to provide your Dachshund with a good routine exercise. Take your pooch for daily walks. Some may even enjoy a game of fetch with you.
Will you make time to provide your pups with proper socialisation?
Unwanted behaviours occur due to a lack of proper socialisation. To have a well-mannered and friendly canine, early socialisation is crucial. Check out our puppy socialisation checklist for a more thorough guide.
Is your living arrangement dog-friendly?
Can your dog thrive well in your living arrangement? Do you have the space your pup requires? If you are living in a rented property, make sure to check with your landlord before getting a pet.
Do you have small children in the family?
Dachshunds make excellent family dogs. They are especially great with older children. However, close supervision is required with younger children. Considering the Mini’s size, they can be easily injured from irresponsible handling.
Do you have the patience to potty train a Miniature Dachshund puppy?
The Miniature Dachshund can be challenging to house train. You have to make time and stretch your patience when training your Minis and not resort to punishment-based training. They might end up frightened and associate training as a bad experience. Always remember that consistency is the key to training. Learn how to effectively house-train a puppy here.
Do Minis bark a lot?
Dachshunds, particularly the miniature version, are known to be notorious barkers. They love the sound of their own voices. However unwanted barking can be corrected with proper training.
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Should you opt for a male or female Miniature Dachshund puppy?
There is no significant difference whether you get a male or female Miniature Dachshund. Regardless of gender, both will show the same temperament and similar in size.
Females will come in heat twice a year which leads to changes in behaviour. Some may even encounter ‘false pregnancies’. Spaying is the best option to ensure this won’t happen to your little wiener. It also helps reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases such as pyometra and mammary gland cancer.
Look for a healthy Miniature Dachshund puppy
Remember to get one from a reputable breeder. Before the final purchase of your Miniature Dachshund puppy, ask the breeder these important questions first.
Here are some questions you can ask to make sure that you’re getting the healthiest Mini pup in the litter:
- Does it have bald patches on his skin? Make sure the puppy has a healthy coat without any patches.
- Do you see any liquid or mucous discharge in his eyes? A healthy puppy should have alert, bright and shiny eyes.
- Are his teeth clean and sharp?
- Are the ears free from any debris and parasites (fleas and ticks)?
- How does the puppy act with his littermates? Make sure he shows great energy and curiosity to his surroundings.