The Miniature Dachshund is quite a lively little companion dog. Miniature Dachshunds are active and entertaining pets, as well as loyal to their owners and protective. They can be quite forward and are often mischievous, but Miniature Dachshunds do make excellent traveling companions.
These dogs respond well to training, but they can also have a mind of their own and require firm discipline. Dachshunds usually get along with other dogs and can be overly-brave when approaching larger dogs. So please keep this in mind when introducing your new friend to other pets.
A Lil Information About Long, Smooth, and Wire Hairs...
Long- The long haired dachshund is thought to be the smooth haired dachshund crossed with breeds like spaniels or German Stoberhund. After a win at Crufts in 1923 the long haireds were given the respect they were due. In America the long haired were mainly kept as pets until 1931 when the first long haired was registered with the AKC, it was not until 1940's that the Best in Show winner was a long haired dachshund. The coat of this variety of dachshund is similar to an Irish setter very slightly wavy, soft and shiny, longer on the underside of the body the ears and behind the legs, the hair should be the longest length on the underside of the tail forming a flag, shortest hair is down the dogs back.
Smooth- The original Dachshund was the smooth haired dachshund thought to have been developed in Germany from the St Hubert hound in the 1600s which is also a popular character often seen as toys or in cartoons. For many years the Smooth or Short haired dachshund were the chosen variety for the English show ring. This variety also dominated the American show rings for many years.
Wire- The wire haired dachshund is thought to be bred from crossing the smooth dachshund with the, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Schnauzer or German wirehaired pinscher. It was not until about 1940 that this variety of dachshund was imported and shown in America in some numbers. This breed proved to be a tough, strong dog that was able to hunt small animals such as badgers, rabbits and foxes. This type of dachshund has a coat that is thick, with a rough outer coat and a soft short undercoat, needs to be groomed regularly to keep the coat in top condition. This dachshund is a bit of a character with a beard and bushy eyebrows, the ears have short hair nearly smooth, the tail is thickly haired and tapers to a point.