When most people think of Dachshunds, they picture a Standard mid-sized dachshund, but mini long haired dachshunds are quickly gaining in popularity in the United States. Understanding the characteristics of Alabama mini Dachshunds is critical to deciding whether the mini Dachshund is the right pet for you.
When it comes to Dachshunds, it is important to remember that they are quite little fellas. The AKC (American Kennel Club) separates dachshunds into two size groups for competition. Our mini dachshunds are 11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older; Standards are over 11 pounds, typically falling between 16 and 32 pounds.
Over seas, dachshunds typically fall into three sizes: standard, mini, and rabbit. These sizes are determined not by weight, but by chest circumference. Rabbits are what Americans would consider the smallest minis.
Love cats? mini Dachshunds make great feline companions — as long as you introduce them together carefully and give each of them their own space until they accept each other.
Deciding between a standard dachshund and a mini is a very personal choice, but when you're weighing your options you need to keep the following characteristics of the Alabama mini dachshund in mind.
- If you have an apartment, a mini dachshund is great because it can fulfill much of their exercise needs inside the house.
- If you have a lot of stairs, you might want to think twice. You'll need to help them going up and down stairs because of the natural curviture of their backs.
- mini dachshunds have a lot of energy and love to exercise, but think about how short their legs are. They may not be able to keep up with you for long walks! However, they are quite light and LOVE to be held so maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing on a walk, depending on your goals.
- mini Dachshund puppies are very small, and fragile. If you have a Mini puppy around, watch where you step and sit. Also, never let a mini jump out of your arms; this can lead to back injuries later in life.
- Minis eat less; consequently food bills will be less.
- Children are perfect for minis and standards alike. All of our pups are minis and our 7 year old has been hands-on with every litter without incident.
mini Dachshund's are easily paper-trained, which can eliminate the need to go outside at all, which is an advantage for people who are housebound or who live in apartments.
Care: The smooth and long-haired Alabama mini Dachshund should be brushed occasionally to remove dead hairs. Long-haired mini Dachshunds are prone to tangles, so they should be groomed more often. The coat of the wire-haired mini Dachshund should be plucked twice a year. mini Dachshunds live 12-15 years.
Training: Long-haired mini Dachshunds are slightly easier to train than smooth or wire-haired mini Dachshunds, however all varieties need firm and consistent training because they have minds of their own. The Alabama mini Dachshund is also sensitive and should be corrected gently, lest it become cowed and afraid.
Activity: The mini Dachshund needs a small amount of exercise; medium length walks or a fair amount of play in the yard should be sufficient. mini Dachshunds may tire easily so exercise should be spaced out throughout the day. Alabama mini Dachshunds can live comfortably in an apartment, but it is best if they get an occasional view of the wild. Frequent jumping and running should not be allowed as it may cause back problems.
Unofficially, many people call Dachshunds between 11 and 16 pounds tweenies, because they're between the two preferred Dachshund sizes. Tweenies don't exactly fit into the breed standard for show dogs, but as a pet, the tweenie is a wonderful size — not too heavy, not too fragile.
Whatever size you choose, a Dachshund is a Dachshund — challenging and fun, full of mischief, and brimming with love for you.