Miniature Daschunds come in three coat varieties: smooth, longhaired and wirehaired. Their coat also comes in a variety of colors: red, cream, black and tan, chocolate and tan, blue and tan and isabella and tan. Wirehaired dogs come primarily in wildboar and wheaten (creamish color). Coat patternxs are brindle, dapple (merle) piebald and sable. Miniature Daschunds have small/short legs with a long body. The body of the Miniature Daschund is muscular and elastic. The dog has a well-balanced head with a long keen nose.
Miniature Daschunds were bred to hunt. They are high-spirited and independent in nature. Their ability to think on their own has been cultivated. They have their own brand of charm. This breed is great for families iwth older children. The dogs require patience and maturity of their owners to be handled well. The breed is very territorial. They do not like strangers in their space.
Miniature Daschunds are very active dogs and require a daily walk of at least 30 minutes. The wirehaired and longshired dog requires weekly brushing. The breed usually lives for 12 to 14 years. A typical disease in the Miniature and Standard Daschund is the Intervertebral Disc Disease. Complications of this disease is paralysis in the hind legs and loss of urinary bladder and bowel movements. The disease typically begins at 3 - 6 years of age.