Miniature Dachshund Puppy


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Miniature dachshunds can live comfortably in both rural and urban areas. They are very active dogs and benefit from daily exercise. The long-haired and wire-haired varieties need weekly brushing. Miniature dachshunds usually live at least 12 to 14 years (and often longer). Due to their long spines, dachshunds in general are prone to back problems, and actions such as jumping from a couch may be dangerous. Purchasing dog-friendly stairs or ramps is a recommended way of alleviating this issue. A disease that is common in both the miniature dachshund and its standard counterpart is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Onset of this disease typically occurs between 3 and 6 years of age. Complications that may occur are paralysis in the hind legs and the loss of control of the urinary bladder and bowel movements. Other potential health problems include hip dysplasia, eye issues such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and obesity. A DNA test for PRA is available for miniature long-haired dachshunds.