Purchasing miniature Dachshund puppies can be a great way to get a new dog for your family. Here’s everything you need to know.
These dogs are highly affectionate, intelligent and loyal, so you can expect to have lots of fun with them.
Whether you are a family looking for a companion or a single adult looking for a fun and lively dog to be part of your life, miniature Dachshund puppies can be a great choice.
10 Facts For Buying Miniature Dachshund Puppies
1. Miniature Dachshunds come in three coat varieties: long-haired, smooth, and wire-haired just like the standard-size dachshund.
They are a very low-shed breed, and the short-haired dachshunds don’t require a lot of brushing. The miniature long-haired dachshund needs brushing once or twice a week so their coat doesn’t get matted.
2. They have short legs and long bodies making them great hunting dogs. They were originally bred to hunt underground prey, as their long bodies and short stumpy powerful legs made them ideal for burrowing.
3. The miniature dachshunds come in a variety of colors such as red, cream, black, tan, chocolate and tan, blue and tan, and blonde. Dark eyes are more popular, but some miniature dachshund puppies could have amber or green eyes.
4. The Miniature Dachshund is a small dog that reaches 5 to 6 inches at the shoulder. They are typically 8 to 11 pounds.
5. Dachshunds respond well to praise and treats when training them.
6. They are a good breed for older children and adults. If you have small children, they might not be the ideal choice as overexcited kids can make dachshunds nervous.
Plus, kids have to be taught how to pick up a dachshund as they can injure their long backs if not picked up properly.
7. They can also be very territorial and not afraid of other dogs. The long-haired variety may be less aggressive than the smooth coat.
If another dog is nearby they can be aggressive so you need to be careful and keep them on a leash or harness so they don’t decide to run after another dog.
They are also good watchdogs and will bark loudly when someone comes into your yard or rings your doorbell.
8. They are often called hot dogs, sausage dogs, or wiener dogs.
9. Miniature dachshund puppies should receive their first vaccinations at six-eight weeks of age for distemper and parvovirus. A reputable breeder should provide that before you purchase and give you a vaccination certificate and a health certificate.
10. They are very stubborn and can be hard to train, but if you are patient and give them plenty of attention, they can make a great pet.
Miniature Dachshund Puppies – Health Issues
Miniature Dachshunds can be prone to certain health problems.
One common issue is that they are prone to IVDD intervertebral disc disease.
With their long backs they can be at risk for IVDD. You need to make sure they don’t jump up or down sofas or beds. And make sure they don’t go up and down stairs.
Plus, you need to pick them up with two hands. One hand underneath their butt and the other hand under their upper chest area.
Some other health issues can be diabetes, eye problems and patellar luxation. This is when the kneecap slips out of its groove and surgery can be expensive.
With miniature dachshunds, you will want to make sure they get enough exercise and ensure that you provide high-quality dachshund dog food.
They will also need regular dental care as they can be prone to dental issues if you don’t brush their teeth regularly.
You should also trim their nails regularly.
Both miniature and standard-size dachshunds like to sniff and may dig in the yard. So you need to keep an eye on them and don’t leave them alone in your fenced yard.
Cost of Miniature Dachshund Puppies
Buying a miniature dachshund puppy can be expensive as they tend to be more expensive than standard dachshunds.
A miniature dachshund puppy can range from $1500 to $3,000 from a reputable breeder, more than the cost of standard dachshunds.
If you want a special color and top bloodlines they can be $4,000-$5,000.
If you can find one at an animal shelter then it might only cost a few hundred dollars.
You’ll need to have a budget to cover health care, food, dog beds, toys, treats and other expenses too.
Before buying a miniature dachshund puppy, make sure you research the breed. You’ll want to choose a reputable breeder.
They’ll have a reputation for their breeding practices and health guarantees. You’ll also want to shop around to make sure you get the best price.
The cost of dachshund puppies can vary based on your location. You’ll also want to consider the breed’s size and coat texture. Some varieties are more popular than others.
You’ll want to make sure you purchase high-quality dog food, spend money on quality water as well as steel water and food bowls.
You can find stainless steel dog bowls that are easier to clean and are longer lasting than plastic bowls.
You’ll also want to have an annual checkup with the vet. This includes a fecal exam and vaccinations.
The veterinarian checkups and vaccines can run several hundred dollars or more.
You’ll also want to purchase a microchip. A microchip is a harmless electronic device that ensures your dog’s identity.
It’s also important to ensure your dog has a dog license, which is written proof of your dog’s identity.
Miniature Dachshund Life Expectancy
The average lifespan of a miniature Dachshund is between 12 and 16 years.
I have had some of my miniature dachshunds live 17-19 years of age.
One of the keys to helping a dog live longer is proper feeding and not allowing them to become obese.
Dachshunds are high-performance dogs that have a lot of energy, so it is best to take your Dachshund for walks and play every day.
They also like to play with toys, and they love to perform for their owners.
Miniature dachshund puppies need to be socialized at a young age, so it is important to start training your puppy early.
They are wonderful family dogs, and they are very loving and affectionate.
They have an intelligent, bold, and adventurous temperament, making them a great choice for your family.