Getting a new Miniature Dachshund Puppy? How exciting! Here at L&L we are Dachshund lovers and a few of us are lucky enough to be Dachshund owners. We've put together this blog post with our top Miniature Dachshund product recommendations based on our years of trying and testing products with our own Dachshund puppies, as well as our tips and tricks that we've learnt along the way.
Miniature Dachshund History
The Dachshund breed has existed since the 16th Century and was developed in Germany. The name derives from the German words dachs (badger ) and hund (dog). Smaller Dachshunds were sought after to be used on European hare which lived in small burrows. At first, these miniature Dachshunds were just the smallest of their litter, but later Miniature Dachshunds were bred intentionally through the time-consuming process of selective breeding. Originally bred to hunt, but now just as popular as family pets, Miniature Dachshunds are highly intelligent, active dogs who make devoted members of the family. An ever-popular companion to many, we have compiled a list below of the essential items you'll need for your Miniature Dachshund puppy
Miniature Dachshund Breed Characteristics
The Miniature Dachshund is well-known for its signature stature, the long body and short legs are iconic. Dachshunds come in three types of coat: smooth, long-haired and wire-haired. They also come in a variety of colours from beautiful black and tan to delicious dapples.
Miniature Dachshund Temperament
They may be small but they have huge personalities, they are fiercely independent are truly tiny hunters. However, they are also affectionate and loving little dogs who thrive on positive reward based training.
Keeping them focused can be a challenge sometimes due to their excellent sense of smell making it easy to sniff something interesting and get distracted. Patience and focus from you is key when training your Miniature Dachshund.
Dachshunds are active dogs and benefit from walks and exercise, keeping them fit and strong is super important in helping to build the back muscles they need to protect their long backs. Finding a harness suitable for the small frame of your Mini Dachshund is key. We love the range from. Ruffwear. The XXS Hi & Light Harness is ideal and then you can size up as your puppy grows. Match with a lead and you have the ideal walking set for a miniature dachshund.
Travelling your dog safely in the car is an important consideration for all dog owners. A booster seat is ideal for small breeds - the tether attaches to your dogs harness to keep them secure and the seat sits high on the car seat so your pup can see where they are going on their travels. Easy-to-fit and collapsible they make journeys both safe and fun for your pup.
We particularly love the Trixie Car Seat for Dogs, the high walls and fleecy inside help to make your mini dax as comfy and cosy as possible.
A coat is a must for all Dachshunds; both practical and stylish they will keep their tummies warm. Here at L&L we have designed the perfect fleece just for your pup, each coat is made-to-order and can be tailored to your dogs specific size; perfect for long-bodied Dachshunds. Available in an array of fleece designs.
Every puppy, no matter their breed, need an array of toys. Toys aren't just fun, but can also help with teething and puppy development in general. Miniature Dachshunds being bred for hunting means that they are highly inquisitive and intelligent dogs, this means they need plenty of stimulation to keep them out of mischief. Playtime will prevent boredom which can lead to destructive behaviour. Our range of toys will ensure your puppy has plenty of fun!
1. Heartbeat Sheep for puppy snuggles. The heartbeat vibrations will help comfort your Dachshund whilst they are settling into their new home and can help to stop any feelings of separation anxiety.
2. KONG puppy for chewing and teething puppies. Top tip - try filling with your puppies wet food or some dog friendly peanut butter as a great enrichment activity that's sure to keep them occupied
3. Beco Ball for chasing. Dachshunds have lots of energy and a game of fetch is a great way to help burn some of it!
Our crate sets are an essential for anyone looking to crate-train their new puppy and, with the addition of our lovely L&L bedding, will make a beautiful covered bed to use through adulthood. We suggest starting with one of our Cosy and Calming beds to fill half their crate, this will help massively with toilet training as the separation means your dog instinctively won't want to mess up their bed so will do their business in the other half of the crate. We recommend putting a puppy pad and some vet bed on the other half of the crate just to help clean up any mess. As they grow up a cushion with bumper which will create a wall of cosiness around the inside of the crate for them to cuddle up to when sleeping. The addition of a matching cover will create a truly cosy, den-like experience.