Playful, lively and very cute, Miniature Dachshunds are great pets for those who love long walks and snuggles.


Nicknamed the ‘sausage dog’, a full-grown Miniature Dachshund weighs between 4-5 kgs, and is only 35cm long. Historically, Miniature Dachshunds were bred to hunt rabbits, but now they are wonderful family pets. These cute little lapdogs are not to be underestimated though, as they are stubborn pets with a mind of their own. They are curious dogs and love being active. Consistent training is necessary to overcome their natural hunting instincts but when this is done, they are a wonderful, loving and devoted pet that will bring much joy into your home.

They are friendly and great family pets for older children. Your child will love to snuggle and run around in the backyard with their little sausage dog. Early socialisation with other cats and dogs is important otherwise your pet will only enjoy the company of humans. Miniature Dachshunds can live into their teens.

Fun fact: These dogs hail from Germany and earned a bad reputation

during World War I, often being depicted in cartoons to ridicule the country.

Miniature Dachshunds love a long daily walk, but make sure you keep your pet on a leash as they will often run off when their hunting instinct kicks in. Discourage your buddy from jumping or running up and down the stairs, as it will harm their elongated spines. A Miniature Dachshund is also a great indoor pet and suits apartment living if exercised properly.

Do you have a green thumb? If so, rethink this breed as they are known to dig and may ruin your beautiful garden. They are moderate shedders and should be groomed weekly. Miniature Dachshund’s are not hypoallergenic.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Their spine is prone to injury. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Mini Dachshund is a small-sized breed weighing between 4-5 kgs, with a height between 31-35cms.


A Miniature Dachshund suits apartment living, if exercised enough.  

Energy Levels

They are the equivalent of a gym-bunny, loving a good workout but they also love napping. Daily walks and lots of games are ideal for keeping this breed fit.

Difficulty of Training

They are intelligent but strong-minded. Consistent training is the key.

Family Suitability

They are great family pets and loyal companions.

Compatibility with other Pets

Miniature Dachshunds will befriend other pets if introduced early.

Need for Company

They have a moderate to high need for company and enjoy spending time with their family.

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Coat and Grooming Needs

This breed requires moderate maintenance, just brush their coat weekly. They have a short, smooth coat, usually in black with tan markings, or a solid reddish-brown colour.


They shed moderately.

Tendency to Bark

They have a high tendency to bark, so expect frequent conversations.

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