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Ikd registered Miniature dachshund puppies


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Mini Dachshund pups 5 months old

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Stunning Mini Dachshund puppy Black & Tan, 20 weeks old, comes with papers and is ikc registered, microchipped, vaccinated and…


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Dachshund Facts

Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Breed Group: Hound
Coat Type: Smooth or long-haired
Coat Colours: Variety of Colours and patterns
Temperament: Clever, Curious, Spunky
Height: Standard: 20-23 cm (8-9 inches), Miniature: 13-15 cm (5-6 inches)
Weight: Standard: 7-15 kg (15-33 lbs), Miniature: Up to 5 kg (11 lbs)


With their distinct and iconic silhouette, the Dachshund, commonly referred to as the ‘wiener dog’ or ‘sausage dog’, has won hearts worldwide. Ireland, with its penchant for distinctive dog breeds, has been no exception to the Dachshund’s charm.

From their origin as hunting dogs to their popular acceptance as pets in the early 1900s, the intelligent, tenacious, and ridiculously brave Dachshund is one of the most popular of all companion breeds. Athletic, entertaining, and packed with attitude, this is a big dog in a little, elongated package.

Known in Germany today as the Dachshund, Dachsel, Dackel, and Teckel, and lovingly in the United States as a Doxie, hot dog, Weiner dog, or sausage dog, this is a unique breed with a fascinating and often challenging personality.

A Brief History

Origins in Germany

The Dachshund’s history traces back to 15th-century Germany, where they were originally bred for hunting small game, particularly badgers. Their distinctive long bodies and short legs made them well-suited for burrowing into tunnels to retrieve prey. The very name “Dachshund” translates to “badger dog” in German.

Historical Depictions

Historical illustrations dating from the 15th to the 17th century portray dogs similar to Dachshunds, used for various hunting purposes. These dogs were described as possessing tracking abilities akin to hounds but with the physical size and temperament more reminiscent of terriers.

Expanding Hunting Roles

As the Dachshund evolved into a distinct breed in Germany, their hunting capabilities expanded beyond their primary role as badger hunters. Dachshunds became renowned for their tracking skills, and even today, they are employed to locate wounded deer. Packs of Dachshunds have been utilized in hunting wild boar, chasing foxes and rabbits, and serving as retrievers for waterfowl.

Transition to Beloved Household Pets

Over the centuries, as hunting declined in importance, the Dachshund made the transition from a hunter’s indispensable companion to a cherished household pet. Their spirited personalities and unique appearance contributed to their enduring popularity across Europe, including Ireland.


The precise breeds used in cultivating the modern Dachshund as we know it today remain unclear. However, it is known that the breed’s ancestry includes a smaller Pointer known as the Braque or Bracke, a forebear of many contemporary hunting dogs, as well as the smooth-coated German Pinscher, valued for its vermin-hunting prowess.

Introduction to America and the UK

Dachshunds were introduced to America in 1885, leading to the establishment of the Dachshund Club of America in 1895. They were officially recognized in American Kennel Club field trials in 1935. In the United Kingdom, Dachshunds served as working dogs and even found a place in royal kennels. The formation of the UK Dachshund Club in 1881 signifies the breed’s rich and lengthy history in the country.

Dachshund: Did You Know?

  • Many Names: The Dachshund goes by various names worldwide, including “Tekkel,” “Bassoto,” “Sosis,” and “Perro Saichicha.”
  • Nicknames Galore: It’s also known by numerous nicknames, such as “Weenie Dog,” “Wiener Dog,” and “Sausage Dog.”
  • German Origin: “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German. In modern German, they’re often called “Dackel” or “Teckel.”
  • Unique Dimensions: Often humorously described as “half a dog high” and “two dogs long,” highlighting their distinctive elongated bodies.
  • Hollywood Change: A Dachshund was originally cast as “Toto” in “The Wizard of Oz” but was replaced due to anti-German sentiment during the time.
  • Celebrity-Owned: Notable Dachshund owners include Leonard Nimoy, Brigitte Bardot, Ingrid Bergman, Carole Lombard, Queen Mother, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, John Wayne, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, David Hackney, and Queen Victoria.

Dachshund Puppies

A Dachshund puppy needs time to learn important life skills from the mother dog, including eating solid food and grooming themselves. For the first month of a puppy’s life, they will be on a mother’s milk-only diet.

0-7 Weeks

Lots of sleep (often up to 18 hours a day), warmth, comfort, and mother’s milk-only diet for approximately the first 4 weeks. He learns discipline and manners from his mother, and littermates help with socialization and learning the social rules of the pack. Usually, by 7 or 8 weeks the puppies are fully weaned from the mother’s milk.

8-12 Weeks

At about 8 weeks the puppies will receive their first vaccine.

A puppy should not leave the litter before 8 weeks, as this could result in negative issues such as shyness. A “breeder” doing this may simply want to cash in and turn over lots of puppies too quickly.

Many responsible breeders will insist on keeping the puppies longer (12 to 14 weeks) to allow the puppy’s immune system to become stronger and to allow time for the puppy to learn important life lessons from mom and their siblings. Bite inhibition (covered later) is one of these lessons, that if not learned while in their pack, is much more difficult to teach in their new home. Now that the brain is developed, he needs socializing with the outside world, otherwise he can become fearful.

12 Weeks Onwards

Your puppy’s change to adolescence. Continue exposure to as many different sounds, smells, and people as possible. Begin formal training and obedience, and always praise his good behaviour without being too strict or too soft with him.

How to Choose a Dachshund Puppy

You will want to choose a puppy with a friendly, easy-going temperament, and your breeder should be able to help you with your selection. Also, ask the breeder about the temperament and personalities of the puppy’s parents and if they have socialized the puppies.

Always be certain to ask if a Dachshund puppy you are interested in has displayed any signs of aggression or fear, because if this is happening at such an early age, you may experience behavioural troubles as the puppy becomes older.

Size and Weight

There are three sizes of Dachshund: standard, miniature, and kaninchen (“rabbit” in German). The latter is not recognized in either the United States or the UK, but is accepted by the World Canine Federation, which has member clubs in 83 countries.

  1. Standard Dachshund – They usually weigh between 7-14kg, with a height averaging around 20-23cm.
  2. Miniature Dachshund – These little delights stand at about 13-18cm and weigh around 3.5-5kg.

Miniature Dachshund

Miniatures are of course smaller in size when compared to standards. They must weigh a maximum of 11 lbs. / 5 kg (this is when they are 1 year old), and are usually 5-7 inches (13-18 cm) in height.

Miniature Daschunds also come in three different coat varieties — short-haired (smooth), long-haired, and wire-haired. Note that compared to standards, as a general rule of thumb, many minis don’t like the rain — a lot of them prefer to be inside. Some breeders also believe they bark a LOT more, have a different temperament (not all, but many), and have more health issues such as with their teeth.


The Dachshund’s coat variety is yet another appealing feature of the breed. Three coat types are present in Dachshunds: shorthair or smooth, longhair, and wirehair. The smooth and longhair varieties have been present since the 16th century. The wirehaired coat with a soft undercoat appeared around 1797. Longhaired Dachshunds have silky hair with short “feathers” on the legs and ears.

  1. Smooth Coat – Sleek and short, it’s the easiest to maintain.
  2. Long-Haired Coat – Flowy and elegant, this variant requires more grooming but is a sight to behold.
  3. Wire-Haired Coat – Coarse and thick, it gives the Dachshund a rugged appearance.

Colours and Markings

There are seven colours and five patterns found in Dachshunds. For instance, one of the most popular is the black-and-tan marking similar to the coat of a Rottweiler. It is possible for Dachshunds with different coat colours and patterns to be born into the same litter depending on the genetics of the parents.

The following is a complete listing of possible Dachshund colours and markings.

  • black and tan
  • blue and cream
  • chocolate (solid chocolate considered non-standard colour)
  • chocolate and cream
  • chocolate and tan
  • cream
  • fawn
  • fawn and cream
  • fawn and tan
  • red
  • wheaten
  • wild boar


  • brindle
  • dapple
  • sable
  • brindle piebald
  • double dapple
  • piebald

Personality and Temperament

Although all dogs are individuals, Dachshunds have well-known personality traits you should understand before you bring one of these single-minded little dogs into your home. Dachshunds are incredibly strong-willed. It will take effort on your part to assume your proper role as leader of the pack.

By breeding, Dachshunds are hunters and trackers. They are exceptionally talented at detecting and following scents, ignoring all commands to the contrary. Always keep your Dachshund on a leash in an open area! This ability does, however, translate to outstanding performances chasing and finding balls and other toys and a great affinity for participation in field trials and agility competitions.

With Other Pets

Dachshunds are typically good with other pets in the family, but may develop jealousies and grudges depending on the dynamics of the household.

With Kids

Dachshunds do make for a good family pet, especially as they are so loyal to their owners, although they do best around children when they are raised with them as a puppy. Adult dogs that have not been exposed to babies may find their crying and sudden movements unsettling. Until the dog is socialized with the baby and understands, it may be best to keep them separated.

Pros of Dachshund Ownership

  • Playful and Intelligent: Dachshunds are known for their playful, intelligent, comical, and loving nature, making them delightful companions.
  • Apartment-Friendly: Smaller Dachshunds adapt well to apartment living, making them a suitable choice for those in urban settings.
  • Transportability: Their compact size allows them to be easily transported in a Sherpa bag or carrier.
  • Active and Sporty: Dachshunds love participating in canine sports and activities, keeping both their bodies and minds engaged.
  • Long Lifespan: They enjoy a relatively long life, providing companionship for years to come.
  • Good with Older Children and Seniors: Dachshunds can be a great fit for families with older children or seniors seeking loving and playful companions.
  • First-Time Dog Owners: Their manageable size and friendly disposition make them a potential choice for first-time dog guardians.

Cons of Dachshund Ownership

  • High Activity Level: Dachshunds are active dogs with great stamina, requiring daily walks and exercise to maintain their physical and mental health.
  • Shedding: They shed, which may not be suitable for allergy sufferers.
  • Stubborn Personality: Dachshunds are known for their stubborn personalities, which can make them challenging to control at times.
  • Escape Artists: They are notorious escape artists, so secure fencing is essential.
  • Barking Tendency: Dachshunds are often barkers, which can be a consideration for noise-sensitive households.
  • Training Challenges: Their stubbornness can make training a bit more challenging.
  • Leash Required: Due to their high prey drive, they should be kept on a leash during walks.
  • Weather Preferences: Dachshunds may resist going outside in wet or cold weather, making housetraining a consideration.
  • Not Ideal for Very Young Children: They may not be the best choice for families with very young children due to their sensitive backs.
  • Weight Management: Without proper exercise, Dachshunds can become overweight, leading to health issues.
  • Loneliness Concerns: Leaving them alone for extended hours every day can lead to destructive behaviour, excessive barking, digging, or escape attempts.

Living with a Dachshund in Ireland

The Dachshund is a breed well-suited to various living conditions in Ireland, including apartments in bustling cities like Dublin or the tranquil countryside of counties such as Kerry or Clare. However, this lively and excitable dog thrives on daily exercise beyond the home.

To keep a Dachshund content and in good health, they require both mental and physical stimulation. In Ireland, this might mean taking leisurely walks through the scenic landscapes of Cork or Waterford. A fully grown Dachshund should engage in at least three brisk walks lasting 30 minutes to an hour every day. Additionally, providing opportunities for them to run freely in places like a local Agility or Flyball course, chasing a ball along the beaches of Donegal, or playing with other dogs in parks is essential.

These intelligent, happy, and friendly dogs enjoy being active participants in family activities and love to accompany you, whether you’re exploring the bustling streets of Galway or the serene meadows of Wicklow. This not only keeps them physically fit but also sharpens their minds and prevents boredom.

Leaving a Dachshund alone for extended periods in your home in, let’s say, Limerick or Wexford, can be distressing for them. Their loyalty and intelligence make them crave companionship and mental stimulation. Otherwise, they may resort to creating their own amusement, which can manifest as destructive behaviour or incessant barking.

Dachshund for Sale Ireland

The demand for Dachshunds in Ireland has seen steady growth. Through our classified ads, we aim to ensure a trustworthy and straightforward process for potential buyers and sellers.

Buyers: Engage with well-established breeders. Seek out those who emphasize the health, temperament, and well-being of their pups.

Sellers: Being honest about your Dachshund’s health history, temperament, and any other pertinent details will attract genuine buyers and ensure that the dog finds a loving home.