Why we love miniature dachshunds

Pocket-sized and full of personality, miniature dachshunds have proven themselves to be a popular breed in the UK with 14,820 being registered in 2021 alone.


They originated in Germany in the 1800s, when small dachshunds were bred to create miniature dachshunds to be hunters

In 1972 a dachshund named Waldi was the first ever mascot to represent the Olympic Games in Munich.

In 2014 the first ever British dog to be cloned was a dachshund, Winnie the sausage dog was recreated in a test tube, producing Minnie Winnie!

What does John Lewis Pet Insurance include?

Pet insurance could give you peace of mind if your miniature dachshund were to become unwell. John Lewis Pet Insurance offers six different Vet Fee cover levels, ranging from £2,000 - £12,000 per year.


Our Pet Insurance includes:


Annual Online Health Checks

Provided by vetfone™, one of the UK’s most trusted pet advice services, who can help you to spot any potential health issues. This is a service to complement your normal annual physical check up with your vet.


Lifetime Cover 

If your pet develops a long-term, chronic illness, there’s no limit to the length of treatment as long as there’s no break in your cover.

Learn about our Lifetime Cover

24/7 vetfone™ helpline

Around the clock access to fully trained veterinary nurses to get the advice and reassurance you need, when you need it.


Dental treatment

Our comprehensive cover provides routine treatments and emergency care, ranging from tooth decay and gum disease to post-illness teeth removal.*


Treatment foods

If prescribed by your vet, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Complementary therapies

Whether carried out by your vet or by a specialist under your vet’s direction, we could pay up to £1,500 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Behavioural treatment

If your vet suggests some behaviour training, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.

*For dental care up to your chosen Vet Fee limit. If your pet has a dental check every 12 months: once it has had its first check and your vet has done any necessary work, should your pet suffer from tooth decay or gum disease before the next 12-month check, or if tooth decay or gum disease are seen at the time of the next check, we pay. If your pet doesn’t have a check every 12 months, or if the work required is not done, we will only pay; 

1) For teeth or gums if they are damaged in an accident,

2) If an underlying illness causes tooth decay or gum disease, or

3) To remove teeth as treatment of an illness which is not gum disease or tooth decay.

Average treatment costs

Having a pet in the house can bring all kinds of joy, but on occasion, they can also bring concern.

Small dogs don’t always mean small worries, and when the health of your pet is at the front of your mind, knowing what to watch out for can help you stay proactive. 


To give you a little context, we’ve broken down some recent claims made by miniature dachshund owners with John Lewis Pet Insurance.

All the claimed issues mentioned can affect miniature dachshunds, but your dog is not guaranteed to experience any or all of them, they are included only as a guide.

These are the average amounts of paid claims at John Lewis Pet Insurance from January 2021 - February 2023:

Condition Average cost with
John Lewis Pet Insurance
Disc problems £6,672.01
Gastro-enteritis £1,009.40
Skin condition £259.05
Lameness £291.67
Bladder stone £2,673.85
Poisoning £755.20
Injury £2,358.51
Gastric condition £549.97
Vomiting £1,767.16
Diarrhoea £417.46

95% of all Pet Insurance claims through John Lewis Pet Insurance were paid within 5 days between May 2023 and October 2023.


Miniature dachshunds are minimal shedders, but they do shed a little. How much exactly depends on the type of fur they have; long-haired dachshunds will shed more than their wire-haired relatives.

This can vary depending on your dog's age and energy level, but most young dachshunds can walk for an hour or more each day. The older your pooch gets, the less they may enjoy walking, so you should adjust your walks accordingly.

Most dachshunds will stop growing in height around their first birthday, but they may continue to gain weight up until they turn 2.

This article is for promotion or information purposes only. You must not rely on it for advice.

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