The miniature dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s. Their name is derived from two German words – dachs meaning badger and hund meaning dog. They were bred to hunt small game, such as rabbit and badger, as they were small enough to slip down rabbit holes. During the First World War, dachshunds were no longer in fashion due to their German origin. However, they have since regained popularity and are currently ranked 11th most popular dog breed in America, according to the American Kennel Club (n.d.).
The miniature dachshund is categorized by its coat – smooth, longhaired and wirehaired – and is smaller than its relative, the standard dachshund. The body is longer than is it tall, with healthy muscular development…show more content… Devoted to its family, it can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak due to its stubbornness, but not impossible. They require an owner who understands how to be his “pack leader”, otherwise he will take over the house and try to become alpha. If the dog is permitted to do as he pleases, many behavioural problems will arise. Guarding food, furniture, toys or other objects, separation anxiety, snapping, biting and obsessive barking are examples of potential problem behaviours that can arise if not trained properly. They are usually recommended for older children, however they can be great with younger children if properly trained. They are generally okay with other pets, however, without proper leadership/training, they can become jealous, irritable and quick to bite. These negative traits are not specific to the dachshund, they are related to small dog syndrome. Most owners treat their small dogs like babies rather than giving them the leadership and discipline they instinctually crave. A miniature dachshund with a “pack leader” that he respect can be an amazing family companion with excellent