For lovers of the Miniature Dachshund, rescue organizations play a valuable and important role in supporting this delightful breed. These groups provide a safe haven for surrendered or abandoned "mini Doxies" and find new, loving homes for those in their care.
About the Miniature Dachshund
The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks the Dachshund in the top 10 in popularity by breed registrations. These "wiener dogs" are famous in popular culture for their very short legs and long body. They have a long nose, drop ears and warm eyes. They come in three coat varieties; smooth, wirehaired or longhaired. Coat color varies greatly, from cream to red and black. Dachshunds are recognized by the AKC in two sizes, the standard and miniature. The minis weigh less than 11 pounds at 12 months old, as opposed to the standards that usually weigh between 16 to 32 pounds.
These sweet dogs have a ferocious history. The breed was developed in the 17th century in Germany as badger hunters. The name Dachshund means "badger dog" in German. The long, low body was perfect for burrowing through the ground to fight a badger in its den. Over the centuries, however, this fearless dog has mellowed to a loving and devoted companion animal.
Both miniature and standards versions of the Dachshund possess a lively and curious nature. While small in stature, the breed is courageous and makes a good watchdog. They are independent and curious, and enjoy the outdoors like most hunting breeds. The Dachshund also enjoys indoor life; many now prefer burrowing under blankets instead of badger holes. They are loving companions and very playful.
Health and Behavior Issues
While a sturdy breed, there are issues that confront a Doxie. The breed is subject to back problems, especially in overweight dogs. Disc problems are frequent due to the length of the back. Many of these disc issues can be remedied, particularly if found in the early stages.
Dachshunds also are subject to epilepsy and seizures. Luxating patellas, or kneecaps that become dislocated, are common in the Doxie. Eye diseases are found in some dogs, especially those of a dapple coat.
The breed is also known for its loud bark, especially in comparison to its small stature. Early training can help prevent the dog from nuisance barking. Dachshunds can also be difficult to house train, but with consistency and patience, they can be house trained.
Miniature Dachshund Rescue
While the Mini Doxie is a lovable breed, many of these dogs find themselves without a home, either through abuse, abandonment or a change in the owner's circumstances. Lovers of the breed have established rescue organizations to foster a needy Dachshund and find it a new forever home. These organizations are involved in both the standard and miniature sizes of the dog.
Finding a Rescue Organization
If you are looking for a Miniature Dachshund rescue organization, several organizations can help you find a group near you.
The Dachshund Club of America has a rescue program for the United States. They have addresses, emails and phone numbers for local and regional rescue clubs.
Dachshund Rescue of North America is a non-profit organization operating in the United States and Canada. They foster, evaluate, treat and re-home purebred and mixed Dachshunds. They have a listing of email contacts posted on the website.
Adopting a Rescue
To adopt from a rescue organization, email the nearest coordinator and inquire into the organization's process. You'll be asked to complete an application and include references. Many rescue groups will conduct a home study. They may also have you meet available dogs to find the right dog for your situation. All groups will charge an adoption fee. This fee helps cover the medical treatments, from vaccinations to spay or neutering, that the dog received while in rescue.
Surrendering a Dog
If it is necessary to give up your Dachshund, contact a rescue organization near you. Explain your situation truthfully. Include a description of the dog, both physically, such as height and weight, and its personality. Be honest about any behavior problems that the dog may have. The rescue group will then contact you regarding surrendering your dog.
Be advised that only the legal owner of the dog can surrender it into rescue. If your dog is accepted into rescue, understand that this is a binding legal act, and you will no longer have any rights to the dog. However, take heart that the group will work hard to find a loving new home for your Miniature Dachshund.