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Toy Dachshund and Teacup Dachshund
Pull up a chair. Let’s have a chat about the toy dachshund and teacup dachshund myth. What are they? What does that mean that mean to our breed?
Breeder answers the phone “Hello”
Caller “Hi, I’m looking for a toy dachshund. Do you have them?
Breeder “I’m sorry ma’am, there is no such thing”
You may be surprised at how many phone calls sound just like that here at Ponderosa. I kinda pride myself on being very open and friendly to our callers, but this is one point that I take very seriously. As a devoted breeder of Miniature Dachshunds, it is my job to preserve and better the breed. You see, there are only 2 size classifications in Dachshunds. The Miniature and the Standard. According to the AKC and our Dachshund Standard, a Miniature Dachshund should weigh 11 pounds and under at the age of 1, and a Standard Dachshund should weigh anywhere from 16 to 32 pounds. I know you may have noticed that there is about five pounds that gets lost in between the two of them. We call that a Tweenie. But, we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s chat about what some people are referring to as a toy dachshund, or a teacup dachshund. From what I gather, these folks are referring to a Dachshund that weighs less than 7 pounds. I believe that is because old standards for our breed often referred to a Miniature Dachshund as a dog that weighs between 7 and 11 pounds at 1 year. At least I think that’s how this new trend of calling really small Miniature Dachshunds a toy and teacup dachshund came to be. As you might have noticed from above, that has been updated to 11 pounds and under.
But SOME Dachshunds are Smaller than Others!
That’s right, some Dachshunds are smaller than others. Taking a look at Dachshund History, especially the Evolution of the Dachshund, you’ll see that there were once Rabbit sized and Dwarf sized Dachshunds in Germany. This is an excerpt from our article on the subject.
German Dachshund fanciers classifying the smaller sizes as dwarf and rabbit. Further saying that a dwarf dachshund should be 7.7 pounds for females and 8.8 pounds for males. They also say that the chest circumference of one of these dwarfs would be 13.8 inches. And, that a Rabbit Dachshund would weigh no more than 7.7 pounds for both sexes and have a chest circumference of no more than 11.8 inches. Saying further that the Rabbit sized dachshund was used more for hunting rabbits and was preferred at sizes between 5-6 pounds.
Following the Rules
I’ll admit, genetically speaking, our precious little Mini’s have a history of coming in several sizes. I say it all the time, but if it runs in the family, chances are, it’s going to pop up occasionally. Our little girl Dorothy comes from a LONG line of itty bitty doxies. But, at the end of the day, she is still considered a MINIATURE Dachshund. Even if she does weigh 6 pounds. With the Dachshund Standard (rules) being updated to put all doxies, up to 11 pounds at one year, into the Miniature class size, I think we owe to our breed to refrain from using the toy dachshund and teacup dachshund phrase.
Protecting the Breed
I have to admit, this has been an extremely hard article for me to write. I live by a strict rule of thumb, don’t talk bad about others and maybe they won’t talk bad about you. But, some things just have to be said. There is a reason this is such a sore subject for me. Let’s suppose the micro-mini, toys and teacup terms really catch on. We still live in a supply and demand world. True to their breed, diehard Dachshund Breeders, like us, aren’t going to be swayed from our standard rule set. However, there are always people out there that make good breeders look bad. The puppy mill people that will make it their life mission to supply people with that tiny toy doxie. And, they’ll do this by breeding smaller, lesser quality and sometimes unhealthy dachshunds together to make these teacup and micro-mini puppies. Don’t make that mistake, folks. Stick to the healthy MINIATURE Dachshunds that good breeders work so hard to provide for you.
But, I Really Do Want Something Tiny!
There is nothing wrong with that! Just ask your breeder for something on the smaller side. This is the kind of language she’ll totally understand. I wouldn’t use the toy dachshund term. I’m not the only one that feels this way. At the end of the day, my best advice, be open and honest with your breeder and let her help you pick out the right fit for your family.