Dachshunds are active dogs, and will take as much exercise as you can give them. They are, however, just as happy curled up on your lap, snoozing. They are sociable with other family pets, especially other Dachshunds and are very loyal to their owners. They make keen watchdogs and due to their small size are inexpensive to keep.

Socialisation is a vital part of training a Dachshund, without proper training a dachshund may be wary of strangers and other dogs, particularly bigger dogs. They must also be introduced to small children at a young age if children are to be around them. The Dachshund is a typical hound and therefore is inclined to use its voice. They are not noted for their obedience, but can be trained, given persistence by the owner. However, they do like “to get their noses down” when off the lead and can “go deaf” when it suits them. 

Wirehairs are the “rugged workmen”, with harsh body hair, beards and eyebrows. Depending on the texture of the coat, which can range from “pin-wire” to “hairy”, they may need to be hand-stripped (never clipped) two or three times a year. The most common colours are Brindle and Red. Chocolate/Tan and Dapples also occur. Note that Brindle in Wires means the individual hairs are striped, giving an overall grizzle/grey appearance, as opposed to the tiger-stripe appearance found in Long-haired Brindles. As a generalisation, Wires are the most extrovert and active of the Dachshunds. All the Miniatures make ideal pets for someone who is maybe less active and who wants a small, but affectionate companion.

Miniature Wire-haired Dachshunds should weigh 10 – 11 lbs, however many pet-bred Dachshunds are bigger than these ideal weights.

The average life expectancy recorded in the Kennel Club Health Survey was over 12 years.

Due to Miniature Breeding there is a greater risk of slipped disc problems. The risk of having back problems is greatly reduced if the dog is kept fit, does not become overweight or allowed to run up and down stairs.

Mini Wires should be tested for Laforas and PRA