The most popular size is the miniature dachshund, which ideally weighs between 4.5 kg – 5 kgs. However, typically in Australia miniatures average around 6 kg and it can be reported that some miniature dachshunds grow to 8 kg. This is largely due to the genetics within the small gene pool and some also claim that dachshunds grow differently in Australia due to its climate, which offers warmer weather with optimum daylight hours. Dachshunds are encouraged to run, play, and develop muscles and stronger bone density all year round. These larger miniatures are often referred to as Tweenies, they are miniature bred and are not able to be referred or transferred to Standard, unlike in other countries.
Dachshunds come in 3 coat types smooth, long hair and wire hair and in Australia, there are 2 sizes and a recent introduction of a 3rd size.
The traditional dachshund, the largest of the 3 varieties. A full-grown standard averages between 8 kg to 16 kg.
In 2020 the ANKC announced its acceptance of registration of the new size dachshund Kaninchen, in German translates to Rabbit. It is the smallest of the 3 varieties and probably the most difficult to breed. They are not recognised in the USA or UK. The Kaninchen are said to weigh between 1.5 kg – 3.5 kg with a chest circumference which must not exceed 30 cm or a back length longer than 30 cm.
Our miniature smooth dachshunds are soft or course in coat. A classic hound look, pointed muzzle, alert eyes, short legs, apple shaped rears, prominent chest, muscular bodies and of larger type. Our dogs are of sound conformation with excellent temperament and breed type. Our areas of focus, ribbing, shoulders and underline without sacrifice to balance, movement and health.