Miniature Dachshunds are by nature high-spirited and independent. They have a keen intelligence and the ability to think on their own has been highly cultivated. All varieties have their own brand of charm since they have slightly differing ancestry that helped in the development of the coats. They are great for families that have older children; they need patience and maturity to be handled well. They are also devoted to their family, will voice loudly when strangers are near yet generally accept that same stranger after an introductory period.