Dachshunds are among the most popular breed in America. They are a peculiar breed, Sausage dogs are small dogs with an odd body shape, but with a huge personality. As the American writer Henry Louis Mencken once said: "A dachshund is a half dog high and a dog and a half long."
Standard and Miniature Dachshund size and weight
Dachshunds come in many sizes and colors, but according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). The breed comes in two different sizes: The Standard Dachshund and The Miniature Dachshund.
Standard dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32 pounds at 12 months of age and their height is 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder. Miniature Dachshunds weigh under 11 pounds and are 5 to 7 inches tall (at the shoulder).
What is a tweenie dachshund?
There is a third unofficial standard called “Tweenie Dachshunds” for those dogs that weight between 11 and 16 pounds. This category is not recognized by the AKC or any other any other Kennel Club.
German Dachshund breed Standards
The German Dachshund Club (DTK) uses a different standard for Dachshunds based on the round measurements of their chests, being the Standard, Miniature or dwarf and Rabbit Dachshunds. The Standard Dachshund has a chest circumference of at least 35 cm. Miniature or dwarf Dachshund has a chest circumference of from 30 to 35 cm. While the Rabbit Dachshunds have chests measuring up to 30 cm around.
Origin of the Miniature Dachshund
The Dachshund breed originated in Germany in the 1600s. They were bred to hunt burrowing animals like badgers. Later in the 1800s, The miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller animals like rabbits. This was achieved by selective breeding smaller than average dachshunds until the miniature dachshund variation was stabilized.
Differences between Standard and Miniature Dachshunds
Besides their size and weight Miniature Dachshunds differ from Standard dachshunds in other small ways. For example, Miniature dachshunds' skin is more elastic and pliable than Standard Dachshunds, giving miniatures a slightly wrinkled appearance.
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