“Dachshunds like to enter into the spirit of everything you do, which isn’t always the greatest help, especially when you are doing something like tying your shoes. They are playful dogs, but they insist on you following their rules of play, which may or may not coincide with the rules commonly used by their other canine cousins. For example, although they often like to chase balls, they don’t necessarily see the need to bring them back to you. This is an example of a Dachshund rule of play, and is probably related to their curious, but independent nature. Anyone who meets a Dachshund has no doubt about who’s dog it is. They are often one-person dogs, meaning they bond very closely with their master. A Dachshund’s master is never alone – they have a long, low shadow following them everywhere around the house. This is not to suggest that Dachshunds dislike other humans – quite the contrary, especially if they are well socialized at an early age. But they definitely know which human is theirs.
It is extremely important to keep a Dachshund from getting fat, not only for the usual reasons of general good health, but also because their long back is susceptible to slipped or ruptured (herniated) disks through the additional strain placed on their spinal cord. This can result in partial or full paralysis, but is often treatable through a variety of methods. Fortunately, a full recovery is likely if the problem is dealt with promptly (as soon as there’s any evidence at all that the dog is having neck or back pain). In addition, to reduce the chance of disc problems, it is important to make sure a dachshund does not do things that put additional stress on his back, like jumping off furniture or running down stairs.”
Credit; The Dachshund Club of America.

Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.

Credit; The United Kennel Club. –



A Further health issue with the ‘Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund’ breed. Full details available through “The Dachshund Breed Council”  (UK)

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.


Some breeders listed here may not be members of a Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund  Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question before you enter into any transaction.


NSW, Sydney; Syrma Mini Wires, Nikki Anastas,+0411363885
NSW, Wentworth Falls; Uglee Mini Wires, Gillian Tompkins,+02 4757 2129
QLD, Park Ridge South; “Fayrewyre”; Mark Davidson and Lyn Dunn; +07 32971763; WEB PAGE
VIC, Bacchus Marsh; “KLEINDRAHT”, Mr H. & Mrs J. Smith,+03 5368 7285
VIC, Lara; “Tinsnips”, Claire Gray,+0423710906


ESSEX ; Kalhoun, AG Leonard, +01708742379
SHROPSHIRE ; Foxearth Mr. T. & Mrs. B. Hayward +44 (0) 1939 233400  WEB PAGE
YORKSHIRE ; Tarkus Maureen Young +0114 2652 966