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Miniature Dachshund – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshund

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1885
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Size: small
  • Energy: medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate

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The Miniature Dachshund's look is hard to forget. The long, low, and short body stays balanced and solid. Even though they look very cute and cuddly, the fact is they are clever, energetic, and also very curious. If they do not get enough exercise, they will get bored and start to do their own activities, which may include chewing things.

The Miniature Dachshund may be very loyal to owners but they take time get close to other people. As they have a natural hunting lineage, Miniature Dachshunds loves outdoor playing. Outdoor play will include digging a few holes, barking, and chasing small animals. As much as they love outdoor play, the Miniature Dachshund can also adapt well to apartment living like other popular city dogs.



The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Miniature Dachshund in 1885. These medium energy dogs have affectionate nicknames such sausage dogs, wiener hot dog, Dashie, and Doxie. The name Dachshund comes from German words “dach” which means badger and “hund” which mean dog.

This dog breed was widely used for hunting in the 17th century. Over the years, the dog breed was developed into various sizes which were: Small for fox hunting and Standard, which was used for boar hunting. In America, the Dachshund breed is available in three various sizes which are Miniature, Toy, and Standard.


The small size of Miniature Dachshund shows that it has good balance and has a solid frame. This breed weighs around 11 to 16 pounds. This smaller size Dachshund is also called Tweenies. They have a muscular body, short legs, and an elongated head.

Lots of people consider this dog cute because of its compact size and bold looking eyes. These cute attributes were built for practical and specific reasons. They are able to dig and maneuver around corners and tunnels, even fighting other animals where necessary.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Miniature Dachshund has a short and shiny coat. They come in a single color of black, cream, or red. Even though they have a short coat, the Miniature Dachshund requires weekly brushing. In addition, they also require regular cleaning for ears, teeth, and nail trimming.


This dog breed has a medium level of energy giving it a moderate amount of stamina. They should be taken for regular walks and will benefit from play with other dogs outdoors. They can also do well in smaller spaces such as apartments or houses with little to no yard, as long as it gets moderate exercise everyday.  

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates for most adult Miniature Dachshunds.

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