If you're thinking about purchasing a miniature dachshund from a breeder, consider rescuing one instead. This popular breed is known most for its small stature and bold personality. But miniature dachshunds are not for everyone. Their high energy and strong will make a firm and loving owner absolutely necessary.
Locate a miniature dachshund rescue organisation. Find a reputable rescue organisation in your local area online at Adopt a Dachshund (see Resources) or contact the Humane Society. The Humane Society will be able to connect you to local dachshund rescue organisations.
Fill out the adoption application. Most dachshund rescue organisations require you to fill out an extensive questionnaire. Be prepared to answer questions about your home, family, children, experience with dogs and reasons for adopting. Have a list of personal references as well as veterinarian and dog groomer references. Most rescue organisations require them.
Pay the required adoption fee. Many dachshund rescue organisations require you to pay an adoption fee to cover the cost of the dachshund's care while at the rescue organisation. This includes the cost of food, relevant supplies, veterinary care, spaying or neutering and microchipping. Make an additional donation if you wish to support the work of the rescue group.
Make your house safe for your rescued dachshund. You might be adopting an adult dog, but you do not know his history. Puppy-proof your house by moving poisonous plants, insecticides, medicines and cleaning products out of your dog's reach. Ensure that your fence is secure so that you can safely allow your dog into the backyard to eliminate.
Know how to care for a miniature dachshund. Miniature dachshunds make fiercely loyal pets with proper care, attention and training. Learn as much as possible about miniature dachshunds online at Dogster and Dog Breed Info (see Resources) to help you adequately meet his needs.
Make sure you have plenty of time to spend with your rescued miniature dachshund. Spending as much time as possible with the rescue dog will help you bond more quickly.
Dachshunds are protective of their owners and often take a while to warm up to strangers. This means your miniature dachshund will persistently bark at unfamiliar people. Miniature dachshunds are not typically recommended for homes that have small children.