Miniature Dachshunds have an alert, bold and confident presence. They can easily be distinguished from their standard counterpart because obviously, they are smaller and lower to ground. They weigh 8 to 11 pounds, and stand 13 to 18 centimetres at the withers. They display an adorable appearance with short legs that highlight their long compact bodies. They have long heads, almond-shaped eyes, slightly arched muzzles, and broad and moderately long ears.
Like the standard, the miniature also comes in smooth, longhaired and wirehaired coats. It also comes in various colours and patterns. The recognised colours and combinations are black, chocolate, tan, cream, brindle, dapple, red, and silver. In terms of grooming, the smooth-coated Mini Dachshund is generally low maintenance because its coat is dense and short. Weekly brushing and wiping with a chamois leather will keep it clean and shiny.
The longhaired ones are harder to maintain. They require daily brushing with the use of a stiff bristled brush and a comb to avoid tangles and matting. The hair behind the ears, under the belly and behind the legs need to be thoroughly combed. Taking them to the groomers is a good idea to thin out the area around the neck. Lastly, wirehaired ones need to be brushed 2 to 3 times a week. Their coat, which has a soft under coat and a coarse top coat, needs to be stripped and plucked about two times a year. Letting the groomers do these difficult tasks will save you time and energy. All coat types can be bathed as needed, only a few times a year.
There are other aspects that need your attention and care, including its dental health. This breed is prone to gum and tooth disease because of its tiny jaws and crowded teeth. Start brushing its teeth when young so it gets used to the process. Also ensure that its nails are trimmed, ears cleaned and skin free from fleas.