MEYDAK - Mini Wire haired Dachshunds Australia

Australian Breed History


The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund has a strong blend of both hound and terrier characteristics within it. This breed of dachshund has a strong sense of smell, a loud bark and it has the inherent nature to search and root out vermin and rodents. The breed comes from Germany, where it has existed since the early 1600's. Back then the dog was named "Dachshund" which means "badger dog," and historians believe that the original smooth-furred variety to which the breed came to be first evolved from the French Basset. Cross-breeding with Field Spaniels eventually created the long haired type of dachshund, while crosses with terriers created the wire haired type.

Miniature versions of all three coat varieties were then developed by breeding only the smallest varieties from succeeding generations of litters. The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund enjoys family life in urban and rural areas. The blend of admirable tracking capability and short, compact yet well-developed body made the Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund an evident choice for hunting and tracking down rabbits and other animals that like to hide and burrow in thickets.


The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund has an elongated body. It is small in stature although its body is compact and well-muscled. It has an intelligent expression, daring, and exhibits insolence in the manner of carrying its head. Its head is long and appears to be conical when seen from above. Its skull is only slightly arched. The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund, in particular, has strongly prominent ridges over its eyes that give its skull a slightly broader appearance. Its body is long and full muscled. The whole body is almost covered by a short, straight, harsh fur coat with a dense layer of undercoat. It has beard on its chin, bushy eyebrows, and smooth hair on its ears.


The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund is clever, vigorous and brave to the point of recklessness, but it is also obedient. It is especially suited to activities requiring long walks because of its low build and its very strong forequarters and forelegs. Its excellent nose, long, and strong jaw and immense power in biting or simply holding its target makes it a persevering hunter and tracker. The Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund is also intelligent and energetic beyond its means. It also has the characteristics of being good tempered and faithful. Because of this, it makes for an energetic, pleasant, and loyal family pet.


History in Australia

Historywise this variety is the “youngest” of the Dachshunds, but they might claim they are more numerous that the full-sized variety. The first MWH emerged in Victoria in 1962 when a Standard Wire-haired was mated with a Miniature Smooth-haired by Miss Aytoun (Ashintully) and Mrs Brimblecombe (Gradaus).
Cross-mating of Dachshund varieties was permitted then, the progeny being registered in the “variety they most closely resemble".
Not so today though. Mrs Stait-Gardiner (NSW) received the first imports from England in 1964. These were Eng Ch Johnnyville Justice and Tanglewood Tar Baby and Tanglewood Tarnette.
Mr Roach from Newcastle brought in three more between 1965 and 1968. These included a bitch in whelp to an English Champion,Culdees Phantom, and Eng Ch Culdees Ulric. But unfortunately Mrs Stait-Gardiner and Mr Roach gave up breeding and their stock was lost to the breed. It was then left to Windswept Kennels and Eramosa Kennels (Vic) to carry on with the breed.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, further imports gradually came to Australia, the first being Little Drummer Boy of Cumtru which Longview Kennels obtained when his English owner could not continue breeding after he arrived here. Marekberge Kennels commenced operating in 1972 with an import, Ch Dalywhile of Cumtru, and became a very successful MWH breeder in Victoria. In later years other breeders utilised the NZ stock (for example Rhondybob), and there was eventually the time when additional imports from Silvae, Drakesleat, Redenhall and other leading English kennels provided a good range of sires for dedicated breeders in the various States.

Certainly the number of breeders of MWHs increased, and the standard improved considerably. But few have remained to carry the flag today, with the number in the show ring hardly justifying the work put in by former adherents.


Contact Details

Barry Meyers
Southport, QLD, Australia
Phone : 0405446940
Email : [email protected]