All Dachshunds are clowns, but there's something particularly hilarious about the antics of the Miniature Dachshund. Of course, that may depend on your sense of humor. Small-dog aficionados are particularly charmed by the Mini's attitude, obstinacy, independence, and over-confident, rapid-fire barks. And, of course, if you love small dogs, a Mini Dachshund really is as cute as they come.
Love cats? Miniature Dachshunds make great cat companions — as long as you introduce the two carefully and give each pet its space until they accept each other. Some people with successful cat-Dachshund households claim that it helps if the Dachshund is second on the scene. If the cat has the home-field advantage, the Dachshund puppy is more likely to afford his new feline housemate the respect she deserves.
Not everyone is fond of Minis, however. Although their personalities are essentially the same as the Standard's, a few differences exist. Here are some unique Mini characteristics:
i Minis bark, and their bark can be shrill (particularly the longhaired Minis). If you've had Toy dogs in the past, you know that many of them like to bark. Perhaps they compensate in volume for what they lack in size. Perhaps they want to make sure that you see them. Whatever the reason, if you really, really hate barking, you may be better off with a Standard (although all Dachshunds like to bark, really).
i If you have young children, you're probably better off with a Standard. Children under 5 (some breeders even say under age 10) usually aren't able to understand how to properly treat a dog, and a very small dog can get injured if it's dropped, fallen on, or pushed.
Likewise, Minis like to be the center of attention and don't take kindly to poking, prodding, and pulling. Small dogs can injure a small child if they lose patience and decide to snap at those curious fingers (or that inquisitive face). Parents should never leave dogs and small children together unsupervised.
Miniature Dachshund puppies are very small, and although they can act pretty feisty, they're much more fragile than a Standard-sized puppy. If you have a Mini puppy around, watch where you step, watch where you sit, and always put the puppy firmly onto the ground after holding him. Letting him jump out of your arms can result in a back injury or even a broken leg. It has happened.
^ The Miniature Dachshund's size makes it particularly suited to life in an apartment or a small house. When paper-trained, a Mini Dachshund doesn't necessarily even need to go outside at all, which is an advantage for people who are housebound or who live somewhere that makes forays outdoors inconvenient (such as in a high rise). Minis get plenty of exercise dashing around the house, so you don't need to feel guilty if you can't quite muster a daily walk.
A big thing to consider if you have a Mini is the layout of your home. If you have a lot of stairs, be prepared to cart your Mini up and down. Too much stair walking, especially if the risers are steep, can be dangerous for your Mini's back. Stairs are no picnic for a Standard Dachsie, either, but the back strain is less severe. You should also try to keep your Mini from jumping down off tall beds, chairs, and couches. Consider ramps made for dogs.
^ If cost is a concern, Minis cost less to feed, and vet bills may be lower because the Mini's small size requires less medication.
Do I have a tweeny?
You may want to consider what some breeders and fanciers are calling tweenies — especially if you like a smaller dog but are intimidated by the very small size of a Mini. Tweenies don't exactly fit into the breed standard for show dogs (see Chapter 2). They aren't big enough to be Standards or small enough to be Minis. But as a pet, the tweeny is a wonderful size — not too heavy, not too fragile.
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