by Bev Goodwin
There are few things more adorable than a puppy, and miniature dachshund puppies are even cuter than most because they barely get any bigger. One of the most lovable things about puppies is how tiny they are, so it is no surprise that miniature dachshund pups are so popular. They stay small even when they are full grown!
The dachshund comes in two sizes: standard and miniature. Standard dachshunds weigh an average of 20-22 pounds, and the miniature dachshund weighs an average of 10 pounds or less. And these are adult weights we’re talking about, not the weight of miniature dachshund puppies.
Just as with any newborn pup, miniature dachshund puppies are super tiny at birth and don’t achieve their maximum weight – a whopping 9 or 10 pounds – for a year or more. This is a really small dog that can easily be carried around. So if you are in the market for a lap dog, the miniature dachshund may be the breed for you.
Miniature dachshunds have the same characteristics as the standard dachshund breed, with the biggest difference being their size. The maximum healthy weight for a standard dachshund is 30 pounds and their average weight is about 22-25 pounds. The average weight for a miniature dachshund is a mere 8 or 9 pounds, and their maximum healthy weight is no more than 11 pounds.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for all small dogs, but it is especially vital to dachshunds because of their unusually long spine. The dachshund has an elongated back and very short legs, which gives them their signature “hotdog” shape. If they carry too much weight in their belly, extra stress will be put on the back bone and spine which can cause injury. Dachshunds should also be helped when climbing stairs and jumping onto high furniture because this too puts additional pressure on the spine when done repeatedly over time.
Dachshunds are a friendly and intelligent breed, and their size makes them a perfect pet for apartment dwellers and anyone who has no backyard and no desire to jog through the park every day. Dachshunds do require daily exercise, but a short walk is more than sufficient. They are energetic but will never knock down and slobber on your guests or clomp through the house, breaking knick-knacks as they go.
Training a dachshund can be challenging, but it is not because they lack the brains to learn. It is because they are clever and independent and don’t always see things the same way you do. For example, potty training is probably quite important to you, but sometimes – especially when it is raining or cold – your dachshund just won’t agree. Always keep their favorite treats on hand. This is the best way to convince your dachshund to do what you want them to do when you want them to do it.
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