Miniature Dachshunds Appearance and Grooming
Miniature Dachshunds Appearance and Grooming. Mini wiener dogs need the same type of grooming as standard dachshunds. To groom your dachshund, you’ll need to brush his fur, trim his coat and bathe him. Check his ears, eyes and paws regularly to make sure they’re clean, and check for fleas and ticks. Brush his teeth with doggy toothpaste once a week and get his nails clipped regularly.
How big will the Miniature Dachshunds get?
Miniature Dachshunds have an alert, bold and confident presence. They can easily be distinguished from the standard Dachshund because they are smaller and lower to the ground. They weigh 4-5 kilograms and stand 13 to 18 centimeters at the withers.
The Mini Doxie display an adorable appearance with short legs that highlight their long compact bodies. They have long heads, almond-shaped eyes, slightly arched muzzles, and broad and moderately long ears.
According to the Miniature Dachshund breed standard, the miniature comes in smooth-haired, longhaired, and wirehaired coat varieties.
For the smooth Dachshund, the coat is short, shiny, and not too thick or too long. The underside has a patch of sleek hair that grows long. The tail is tapered and not richly haired. Hair color varies widely but certain patterns and colors are more pronounced.
Red and cream predominate in single-colored Dachshunds with acceptable white on the chest. Their nose and nails are black.
On the other hand, the recognized colors and combinations for two-colored Dachshunds are black, chocolate, tan, cream, brindle, dapple, red, and silver. Depending on the hair color, their nose and nails can be black, dark brown, or self-colored.
Smooth-coated Dachshunds are generally low-maintenance because of their short and dense coat. Weekly brushing and wiping with chamois leather will keep the coat clean and shiny.
Longhaired Dachshunds have a long glistening coat with wavy hair growing longer under the neck, chest, the ears, behind the legs, and the underside of the body. Their tail hair can grow profusely. In terms of coat, nose, and nail color, they share the same breed standard characteristics of their smooth-haired counterpart.
Because of the thickness of the Doxie’s coat, longhaired Dachshunds are the biggest shedders out of the three Dachshund varieties, but not as bad as other breeds. The longhaired Miniature Dachshunds are harder to maintain. They require frequent brushing with the use of a stiff-bristled brush and a comb to avoid tangles and matting.
The hair behind the ears, under the belly, and behind the legs need to be combed thoroughly. Taking them to the groomers is a good idea to thin out the area around the neck.
Wirehaired Dachshunds have short, thick, and rough outer coats except in the jaw, ears, and eyebrows. Their undercoat has finer and softer hair that is interspersed with coarser hairs. Their ears have shorter hair, while the tail has thick hairs. The most common colors for the wirehaired are wild boar (agouti), black, tan, and different shades of red.
Grooming wirehaired Dachshunds involves plucking or hand-stripping the coat several times a year to keep the coat looking its best. Trimming the beard and eyebrows may be necessary when they get too long. Their coat needs to be brushed two to three times a week.
Dachshunds are prone to gum and tooth disease because of their tiny jaws and crowded teeth. Start brushing its teeth when young so it gets used to the process. Also, make sure to trim the nails every month and clean the ears as necessary.
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