14-18" (35-46 cm); chest circumference 14" (35 cm) 11-20 lb (5-9 kg) Double coat with uniform short harsh outercoat. Beard. Solid (red, cream), two coloured (black, chocolate, grey or white with rust-brown or yellow markings), dappled (brown, grey or white background with irregular patches of black, grey, brown, red or yellow) or striped (red or yellow with darker striping).
Named for their prey, the “dachs” or badger, the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund is a hardy hunting dog from Germany. The breed was selected for its long, narrow body that could easily fit into narrow holes in the ground. The dog’s long floppy ears protected the ear canals from dirt when going to ground, and his long wavy tail signaled his location while hunting, and offered a grip should he become wedged in a hole. The Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund was created by adding Terrier blood to the original version of the Dachshund breed to produce a spunky dog with a more weather-resistant coat. While they are accomplished hunting dogs, the breed is also a prized lapdog today.
Big personality in a little body certainly describes the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund. A happy, sometimes opinionated fellow, he is an affectionate and cheerful member of the family. His history as a hunter makes it important to socialize him with cats or small pets, though he will accept them as family if introduced at a young age. Outside, the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund likes to follow his nose and dig when things smell interesting. Overall he is an easy-going family pet who is happy to be with his people.