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Dachshund Owners Answer: 50 Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

There is no better way to learn about raising a Dachshund puppy than to ask other Dachshund owners for advice.

A few months ago, I asked our Facebook fans for their best tips and advice for getting through the crazy puppy stage.

Facebook post asking Dachshund owners for their best puppy-raising tips

Over 100 people commented with their best puppy-raising advice. I compiled this answers into this article.

I tried my best to arrange the comments by topic but many of them cover offer multiple different tips so definitely read them all.

Also, these are largely unedited, except for a few instances where I needed to add clarification, so please excuse any spelling and grammar errors.

On Potty Training a Dachshund Puppy

“Be prepared for lots of time outside. The only real way to potty train a doxie is to out stubborn them. Put on your jacket (with treats in pocket), attach the leash. Puppy does not get to play or go back inside until they potty. If it’s really awful outside, go inside to warm up, but hold your pup. No playing, no praise, then go back outside and try again. Do this every time in all weather conditions and in a few weeks life will be peachy.”

“Patience ! Patience ! Patience!”

“After 40 years of rescue weiners; we ended up with a 4 month old…… I had forgotten how much work and patience is required with a new puppy. The glorious part? Our new one was already housebroken (a true miracle with this breed). However; the trials of retraining this old brain with new puppy ways were aggravating at the very least. Chewed up books; remotes; clothes; furniture, you name it, he chewed it. Puppy proof anything within reach. And train….. train….. Train…..”

“A bell was so helpful! He learned great on the main floor where he could indicate at the door in a week or two, but not being able to do stairs as a pup he had lots of accidents on other floors. Added a bell by the stairs, helped him ring it before we went out, problem solved in 2-3 days.
Except then we eventually had to confiscate the bell because he would ring it incessantly to just go play outside.”

“Try a bell. I think it naturally appeals to their bossy personalities and is especially helpful if you live in an apartment or somewhere that they can’t connect this door =going potty.”

“[My puppy] took longer to potty train than my other Dachshunds. When I got home I let her out immediately but she wanted to play instead of potty and would come back in to do her jobs. So, I started putting her out for 15 min and if she did not potty back into the crate she went. I left her there for 10 min then back out. I kept doing this routine until she went potty. It took 2 different days of doing this when she realized she needed to potty before play. I also taught my Dachshunds to ring a potty bell.”

“This method was so key for training ours to go in the rain: He actually was housetrained within a few weeks, but magically forgot his manners when it was raining…no house play time until you pee outside in the rain and then crazy puppy party when you do it right.”

On the Importance of Training and Consistency for a Dachshund Puppy

“My baby wiener learned so much from the other dog… She was his trainer and my savior.”

“Enroll in a positive training program in a group situation teaches the dog how to function among others and it trains the master! I definitely needed the training…it’s easy to cave to Dachshund ways.”

“Train as much as possible, I have not found anything more effective than 2 min time outs.”

“Consistency, love, exercise and positive reinforcement.”

“Consistency, you have to make them listen to you, follow thru on everything you say to them.”

“For nipping problems, I found the technique where you scream and then ignore them for a few minutes to be super effective. But you really have to sell the scream to startle them or they don’t believe you. Awkward but effective.”

“Just generally beware of how spongey and fast learning they are. Ours learned all sorts of unintended thing like how he keeps a mental list of things the cat is not allowed to do because Mom and Dad yell at her (drink water from glasses, scratch furniture, etc). Now he feels the need to police her directly when she “steps out of line” or frantic alert bark so we come intervene. She does not appreciate it. Ha, ha.”

“I think somebody already said it…Consistency!! They are too smart & stubborn to allow us to be lackadaisical with the training. Those big soulful eyes can make you do things you wouldn’t normally allow (yes guilty!).”

“Take your pup to dog training classes. It socializes them and is good for both you and the dog. Also, take any opportunity to keep up the training at home. Since my dog always follows me into the bathroom, I keep dog treats there and when I am sitting, we do sit, down, etc. Finding time to work with them really is good.”

“Consistency. In the Dachshund world, if you do something twice, it becomes the rule of law. It’s great for training but if you let something slide one time, they’ll try it 1,000 more. This goes hand in hand with establishing routines. Dachshunds love routines. It’s so much easier to get them to do something they think is their idea. Routines will help you with things that would otherwise be challenges like leaving the house, bathing, getting nails done, etc.”

“TRAIN DAILY. This includes grooming, especially nails! My wire Dachshund puppy just lays there while I trim his feet and nails, but I had to be consistent an do it multiple times a week (with lots of rewards!) to keep him comfortable with it, even though my breeder was amazing and started him very young. Short nails are super important for Dachshunds especially.
We also work on behaviors he knows or learn new things every day. It is also very important to get them out in the world and socialize with all sorts of people and other dogs, especially larger breeds.”

Check Out How to Choose the Best Training Treats for Dachshunds

On Exercising and Tiring a Dachshund Puppy Out

“A tired dog is a good dog. Don’t be lazy with your pet. I take my puppies outside to go potty after they wake up from night or naps, after eating or drinking, and every 20m in between. I always joke that if you potty train puppies this way and keep them exercised at the same time a person should lose 20lbs. It’s a rough first 6-8 months but it sets the pup up for life.”

“I would say two things….one give them exercise and walks and two use food for training and I always train ‘down’ right away…because they really don’t like to do down and the sooner you make it fun and they do it, (all training should be fun and positive) or you will get ‘tude. “I did agilty with one on mine and they enjoyed that too….I think pleasing me and the treats!”

“Activity every day. Ball, chew toys. Keep them active.”

“My biggest lifesaver was that I have a dog daycare/training/etc place nearby that has a great service: puppy playtime. A couple of days a week they offer a 45 minute session of supervised play, with the humans present. They have it divided into two age groups: under 12 weeks, and 12 weeks to 8-10 months (or older, they loved my puppy so much that he got to go up until a year old.) They learn so much there playing with other puppies their age, it’s safer than a dog park, and the dogs are just limp balls of fur for the rest of the day!”

“Walks walks walks. Focused activity such as playing ball.”

“Puzzle toys! Hiking when they are over 6 months! My wire hair Pepper was/is the craziest dachshund puppy I have had! She’s over a year and still acts like she did when we adopted her at 4 months haha.”

Important: Read How to Know When Your Puppy is Old Enough for Regular, Sustained Exercise

Photo of Dachshund Hiking on a Rock panned out to give perspective

On Dachshund Puppy Teething

“They will find items that you haven’t seen in years….then tear it up.

“A strong chew toy that aids teething.”

“A chew toy the puppy cannot destroy and occupy their time. It took two months, but we have found this bone stands up to the assault given out by “our bundle of joy”. He has destroyed at least 10 tennis balls and multiple stuffed toys.”

“During the early weeks, those little teeth are soooooo sharp even chew proof toys are not safe. I used a frozen piece of cloth knotted, the cool helps sooth pain and the knots help loosen baby teeth. As with any baby, only use when supervised, take away if they start shredding it so they don’t swallow strings.”

“Lots of appropriate chew toys, and hide any wires/cords that may look tasty. Come up with a good way for them to let you know they need to potty. And of course, socialization and training!!”

“All the chew toys and constant redirecting to them. It took a while to find the types of textures that appeal to him but definitely a lifesaver for stuff. Ours still chews a rawhide for 20-30 minutes before falling asleep each night. It seems to be some sort of meditative sleep hygiene thing for him.”

“Keep an eye on your woodwork!”

On the Joy of Raising a Dachshund Puppy and Patience

“Patience, patience, patience, and lots of treats to re-enforce good behavior, hopefully the puppy has an older, wiser, seasoned doxie to mimic, I believe they learn a lot by just watching and doing what the other one does.”.

“Learn to ignore them when they want your attention. It’s harder than anything but works wonders!!”

“Mine is annoyingly clever and smart. Like, understands how to trick me in my ignoring-game. Adorably stubborn – can only love them more haha!”

“Enjoy the antics no matter how frustrating. Take videos too. I miss the days of my unmentionables shimming across the living room.”

Dachshund puppy sitting in the grass with an orange collar on

General Dachshund Puppy Tips

“It was challenging having two who were siblings from same litter 10 wks old – different personalities and needs but here we are 11 yrs later! at 11 1/2 they are still coming up with fun personality quirks – as of late brother voice his displeasure at not getting treats from the dinner table with these funny groan type noises. Consistency and Dental care!!”

“Patience and consistency and portable fencing in the house. Our puppy is a poop eater and the only way to prevent it, we’ve found is to pick it up immediately, not always possible though.”

“Their goal in life is to unstuff everything, take squeakers out of the toys then they don’t want it anymore. They are very spiteful too. If you say NO wait a few minutes they will try it again! They get very protective of their family!”

“My tip: Our 7 month old doxie has a weakness for shoes. She doesn’t chew anything else (besides her own toys). She would sneak into my closet and come flying out with a shoe as if she thought we won’t see her if she runs fast enough. Then I set mouse traps. The cheap wooden ones. I placed them in a couple of shoes upside down so she wouldn’t get hurt. The SNAP scared her and now she stays out of my closet. Instant fix.”

“Don’t leave the toilet tissue out where they can reach it, my doxie thought it was a treat.”

“It’s tempting to let it go (because watching them launch is sooooo cute!) but train them not to jump off furniture, couches, beds, etc. Their spines will thank you in the long run.”

On the Lighter Side of Raising a Dachshund Puppy

“God help you.(but it’s worth it!)”

“Look under all blankets before you sit.”

“Drink adult beverages after she falls asleep , rest and get prepared for another fun filled day. Repeat for about 18 months. Enjoy every single day with her. It is such a joy to see their personalities bloom.”

“Let them be crazy and enjoy the high energy they have as babies. It won’t last forever.”

“Have patience and take lots of puppy pictures.”

To Learn More About a Dachshund’s Funny Quirks, Read My Article 11 Funny Things About Dachshunds Only Owners Will Understand

Dachshund Owners Answer: Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

In Summary

I think this list of tips is a must-read for anyone who is thinking of getting a Dachshund puppy or has just brought one home.

Some of the common themes here, and ones I would agree with based on experience, are:

Consistency and patience are THE two skills you need to raise a Dachshund puppy.

Dachshunds can be difficult to potty train.

Yes, generally, Dachshunds are more difficult to potty train than some other dog breeds.

However, it’s totally achievable with consistency and routine. With Dachshunds, you may need to give them an annual refresher when the wet and cold season begins.

A lot of people chimed in saying potty bells helped prevent accidents in the house. I know with 2 of my 3 Dachshunds, the signs they needed to go potty were VERY subtle. Bells are one way your puppy can clearly let you know they need to go out.

Dachshunds can be trained.

Dachshunds are whip-smart. They are capable of quickly picking up tricks and commands.

Their intelligence can also mean they think they know better than you.

This can come across as stubborn but they are easy to train with a little consistent effort every day.

With Dachshunds though, I always joke that they are so smart that they can quickly learn when they can pull one over on you too. Let something slide once and they will never forget that they didn’t always have to do it “the right way.”

Dachshunds need, and are capable of, regular exercise (but it should be short bursts of gentle exercise until they are old enough).

Raising a Dachshund puppy can be a challenge but the joys are worth it.

Do you have any tips for raising a Dachshund puppy? Or any questions?

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Dachshund Growth & Weight Chart: Everything You Need To Know

The Dachshund breed has a long history dating back over 300 years. The breed was originally developed in Germany to chase badgers out of their dens, so Dachshunds evolved to be exceptionally courageous, persistent dogs that wouldn’t back down - even when their foe was significantly larger. The Dachshund’s famously low, long body aided efficient tracking and digging effectively while they were on the hunt.

To this day, Dachshunds are tireless athletes, despite their lapdog reputation. If you’re the loving pet parent to one of these spunky dogs, you may be asking yourself how big will my Dachshund get and when will they stop growing?

Here’s everything you need to know about Dachshund growth:

Dachshund Weight Chart

1 month old3 - 5 lb
2 months old5 - 11 lb
3 months old6 - 13 lb
4 months old8 - 17 lb
5 months old10 - 20 lb
6 months old12 - 25 lb
7 months old14 - 27 lb
8 months old15 - 29 lb
9 months old15 - 30 lb
10 months old15 - 31 lb
11 months old16 - 32 lb
12 months old16 - 32 lb
2 years old16 - 32 lb

The above Dachshund weight chart provides estimates for the growth and weight of a standard-sized Dachshund. Miniature Dachshunds will be significantly smaller. At a healthy adult size, according to the AKC, Miniature Dachshunds should weigh less than eleven pounds, while standard Dachshunds can weigh up to 32 pounds.

If your Dachshund puppy is a little ahead or behind these numbers, don’t worry! They’re meant to provide an _estimated _weight range of Dachshund dogs, but every puppy will grow at its own rate. If you have concerns about your pet’s growth, consult with your veterinarian.

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At what age is a Dachshund fully grown?

Dachshunds will be fully grown before their first birthday. Most Dachshunds pups will reach their adult weight and height around eight months old. They may continue to fill out slightly, but their growth rate will slow down significantly around this time.

Dachshund puppy with collar on

How big should a 6-month-old Dachshund be?

A six-month-old Dachshund will be close to their adult size. You can expect your six-month-old standard-sized Dachshund to weigh around 12 to 25 pounds and be at their adult height of eight to nine inches tall. According to the American Kennel Club, there is no significant difference in size between males and females.

Pro Tip: Check out our new puppy checklist for tips on setting up a vaccination schedule, preventive care plan, safe spaces in the home, and more.

How much bigger will my Dachshund get?

There are a couple of ways to estimate how much bigger your Dachshund may grow.

First, start with your Dachshund’s age. If your puppy is less than eight months old, they are likely still growing. Many Dachshunds will need a whole year to fill out completely, but there will be a noticeable decrease in growth around the eight-month mark. If your Dachshund is past their first birthday, then your puppy is probably at their adult height and weight. You should consult with your veterinarian to determine if your dog is a healthy weight for its size.

You can also examine your puppy’s paws. If they look oversized next to their legs and body, or your pup still looks a little gangly, they may still be filling out.

If you purchased your Dachshund through a breeder, you could also reach out to them about your puppy’s expected adult size. They should be able to give you a more precise estimate of their mature size based on your Dachshund’s parents and previous litters. A puppy will rarely grow to be larger than its parents, so their weight can give you an idea of the size your puppy could grow to be.

How big is a full-grown Dachshund?

According to the American Kennel Club Official Dachshund Breed Standards, an adult standard Dachshund should weigh between 16 and 32 pounds and stand between eight to nine inches tall. Miniature Dachshunds should weigh less than 11 pounds and stand around five to six inches tall. Both standard and miniature Dachshunds should appear low to the ground and have well-defined muscles.

How do I make sure my Dachshund is healthy?

Prevention is always better than treatment. Regular veterinary appointments that include a complete physical examination, vaccinations, disease screening, and routine parasite prevention (including flea, tick, and heartworm medications) play a crucial role in keeping your pup healthy. Many diseases can be prevented or treated by your pup’s veterinarian, but the earlier they are detected, the better off your pet will be.

Two Dachshund dogs running through field

Like any purebred dog, Dachshunds are at higher risk for some health issues, which can compromise their quality of life and reduce their lifespan. When veterinary professionals think of Dachshunds, back problems, most commonly intervertebral disc disease, come to mind. Dachshunds are also more prone to Cushing’s disease and certain types of liver problems when compared to other breeds.

Dachshund Veterinary Costs

The clinical signs of Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) can occur suddenly, prompting the need for an emergency veterinary visit. While IVDD can sometimes be managed medically, in severe cases, it can progress to paralysis and require surgery to restore mobility in the affected dog.

According to Memphis Veterinary Specialists, intervertebral disc surgery can cost between $1,500 to $4,000, but this can vary greatly depending on where you are located. Without surgery, your dog may lose their ability to walk and require significant nursing care and a wheelchair for the remainder of his or her life. We never know when the worst could happen to our beloved pet, which is why having a financial safety net in place is critically important to help unexpected vet costs.

Pet insurance can reimburse you for the cost of covered veterinary expenses, including treatment for illnesses and injuries. Wellness plans are also available to help with the cost of routine care, including dental cleanings, grooming, flea/tick medication, and more.

Key Takeaways

  • The official Dachshund weight range is 16-32 pounds for the standard-sized breed, while Miniature Dachshunds weigh less than 11 pounds.
  • This breed of dog has a short, low-to-the-ground profile, with AKC guidelines stating the Daschund height should be no more than nine inches tall.
  • Initially bred to hunt small game, the size of Dachshunds has made the breed predisposed to certain hereditary disorders, including intervertebral disc disease and Cushing’s disease.
  • Pet insurance can help cover the cost of ongoing veterinary care throughout your puppy’s life.

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When My Baby Dachshund Becomes An Adult: What Changes?

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes An Adult: What Changes?August 20, 2021

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?

Dachshunds and Adulthood

When human parents say, “Oh, they grow up so fast,” they are referring to their children, but it actually takes many years for human children to become adults.  However, when it comes to your baby doxie, they literally do grow up very fast!

In week one of a newborn dachshund, they explore the world through smell and touch. Then in the following weeks, they open their eyes. Their ear flaps open. You can hear them bark. They start to stand, then walk and run. All of a sudden, your baby doxie has become an adolescent at around six months!

By this time, your puppy is probably getting into everything inside and outside the home. It means they are ready to explore their world, and they will need your help.

When your four-legged baby becomes an adult, it pays to know the various changes that will happen. This will not only prepare you for the adult life of your dog but also help them to have an efficient transition from puppyhood to adulthood.

Here are some of the few notable changes that you will most likely see in your dachshund as they enter their first year of life.

Dachshunds Reach Physical Maturity By The First Year

As your doxie reaches its first birthday, it should have already reached its full physical maturity. This means that your doxie’s skeletal system is fully developed and its muscles are now in their peak condition.

This also means that your Dachshund has a risk of developing IVDD,a devastating spinal health issue. Your adult dog would gradually stop growing physically and it is more likely that it stays in that short, but cute stature.

At this stage of its life, consider getting a dog ramp for your doxie. While dog ramps can be expensive, they cost far less than vet bills when your Dachshund suffers an injury.Dog ramps and car ramps help small dogs, especially doxies, by preventing them from jumping.

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?

Dachshunds Reach Sexual Maturity By Six to 12 Months

Whether you like it or not, your doxie becomes sexually mature by the age of six to 12 months. If you have a male doxie, you would probably observe him pumping other dogs or even your legs. If you have a female doxie, you will see her start her menstrual cycle.

In this stage, you would normally consider spaying or neutering your dachshund. This helps you avoid unwanted puppies and keep your dog generally healthy.

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?

Dachshunds Become Fully Coordinated By Their First Year

You may have remembered a time when your doxie was clumsy. It would suddenly trip over itself or roll over a hill.  With your doxie’s fully developed body combined with his increased alertness and awareness of surroundings, he becomes more well-coordinated and balanced in movement.

When your dog is about to reach one year, you would notice it has become more intelligent and adventurous. It is this time you can start training your dog and teaching it more complicated tricks.

Behavioral Changes

What happens when your dog becomes hormonally charged, bigger, stronger, and smarter? Obviously, you would need to expect behavioral changes.

Dachshunds are known to be independent and strong-willed. Thus, you will notice that it will try to challenge your leadership time and time again. You need to be gentle and firm to reinforce your role as your four-legged buddy’s leader.

Biting is part of a dog’s nature. Your dachshund may show some level of aggressiveness to strangers and even to people with who they have already been familiar.

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?

Remember the reasons dogs bite. They bite because they feel threatened and want to protect their territory. Sometimes, they bite as well when they are disturbed or startled. Thus, it is important to discuss this with your family especially the children.

Since adult doxies have suddenly developed a higher level of energy, they tend to exhibit destructive behaviors when they are bored. It is important to keep them active and give them plenty of opportunities to exercise.

Socialization should not also be forgotten. Adult dogs need stimulation. Expose your doxie to new experiences, things, sounds, people, and places. This should help your four-legged bestie to become more adjusted to its environment.

Food and Nutrition

Your dog starts to grow slowly at this time. In fact, since dachshunds are relatively smaller dogs, they stop growing at a much earlier stage. For this reason, you need to make sure you give an appropriate amount of food. Avoid overfeeding your doxie as this may lead to obesity.

Take Obie for example. He was one of the biggest Dachshunds in the world. At one point in his life, he weighed more than twice the size of an average doxie. Needless to say, he was put on a strict diet and is at a healthy weight now.

When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?

Final Thoughts

One of the best pleasures in life is to watch your beloved doxie grow up. You have the chance to observe how your four-legged buddy transitioned from being a puppy to an adult, from small to big, and from clumsy to skilled.

It is vital that you are with your doxie in every developmental stage.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your vet.

Discussing your concerns with a dog expert and trainer will help you cope with the fast-paced growth of your Dachshund. Dog breeds have changed dramatically over the years and it’s good to understand how each breed is different from the next.
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How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Dachshund Need?

It frustrates me that so many people treat their wiener dogs like lapdogs. I see so many Dachshunds that are overweight and I’m sure it’s the belief that Dachshund are fragile and don’t need much exercise that significantly contributes to that.

Just because Dachshunds are nicknamed “sausage dogs”, doesn’t mean they should look like one (the nickname is actually because it’s speculated that the German hot dog was named after the breed).

This Dachshund in the park looks fit and healthy

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Dachshund are prone to gaining weight but it’s important to keep them fit for their health, to help them live longer, and to help prevent back problems.

There are two ways to control a Dachshund’s weight – diet and exercise.

General Exercise Recommendations for a Dog

I’ve done a lot of research on this and the general consensus is that a healthy, adult dog needs 30-60 minutes of activity a day.

Some higher energy breeds, or specific dogs, need up to 2 hours of exercise a day, or more.

Of course, puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with health issues may need less exercise or be incapable of doing that much.

Puppies shouldn’t do too much exercise until they are full grown. The general rule for puppies is 5 minutes of activity for every month of age, up to twice a day.

In other words, a 3-month old puppy should only be doing 15 minutes of activity at a time (doing that twice a day is ok).

Senior dogs slow down of course. They may not be able to exercise as long, or as rigorously, and they could when they were younger.

The most important thing is to watch for signs that your senior dog is getting tired and go at their pace.

Still, most senior dogs still need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

If your senior dog has trouble even doing that, consider breaking the walks up to two 15-minute, or three 10-minute, walks a day.

If your dog has health issues, especially related to mobility, discuss their exercise needs with your vet.

How Much Exercise is a Dachshund Capable Of?

Guest  Post: This is a topic I’ve wanted to write on but haven’t had the time. Instead, I turned to Mathew Coulton at wileypup for help. He has worked with dogs for just under a decade and is the founder of wileypup, a doggy lover’s website that provides great tips and advice for pet parents everywhere.

Why do so many folks think Doxies need to be handled with kid gloves?

Well-meaning owners of the breed are convinced that they should never be allowed to jump or play too hard for fear of injury.

Let’s look at one possible reason, followed by a peek at the historical roots of the breed which live in stark contrast to this false conception.

In addition, we will offer some tips to help you safely get your wiener dog in great shape so that they can enjoy healthy living, ensure their exercise needs are met and join you on all of life’s great adventures.

Dachshunds make great adventure and hiking companions

IVDD and the Myth of the Delicate Doxie

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a potentially paralyzing genetic condition that is somewhat common among breeds with short legs (a.k.a. chondrodystrophic) such as Basset Hounds, Beagles, Pekingese and Dachshunds.

Exercise restriction is one (of several) treatment options for Dachshunds with IVDD depending on the severity or progression. Extreme exercise restriction is a typical post-operative prescription after a Dachshund has spinal surgery to treat this debilitating condition.

However, there is no reason to assume that a treatment regimen for a diagnosed or post-op dog should be the standard for healthy dogs. Also, even though every case is different, it’s not a given that any dog who has suffered an IVDD related injury can no longer live an active life.

In fact, there is evidence suggesting that exercise can ward off disc calcification, an early symptom of what can develop into IVDD.

The UK Dachshund Breed Council has put together a useful resource to help the Doxie community make sense of IVDD. They clearly recommend that plenty of age/fitness appropriate exercise is for the best.

The hand wringing over jumping on furniture and using stairs? Turns out that healthy 3-year-old Dachshunds allowed to use stairs daily had LOWER incidents of IVDD.

Being aware of the symptoms of IVDD, and what to do if your Dachshund shows any of them, remains a critical part of responsible wiener dog ownership.

However, using IVDD as an excuse to allow your little athlete to become an obese lap potato just isn’t doing right by your dog.

Dachshunds are natural athletes and can run fast


Dachshunds Are Bred to Be Athletic

Dachshunds were bred as early as the 15th century to be tenacious and athletic hunters!

In fact, their primary prey was the badger, well known for being extremely mean, ornery, and dangerous.

The original name for descendants of the breed was Dachs Krieger – “Badger Warrior” in German.

These early little warriors were charged to dig down deep into underground tunnels to face down the agitated occupant and force the badger out of safety to the hunters waiting above ground.

To say a Dachshund is a naturally athletic is an understatement!

They Are Time Tested Athletes

Dachshunds continue to prove their athletic prowess and are popular participants in many dog sports.

Earthdog Trials

Their natural athleticism and scent acumen makes wieners particularly skilled at Earthdog trials. Caged vermin are placed in a network of tunnels and Earthdogs learn to chase and “work” the quarry (although they cannot harm the rats).

As their skills improve, Earthdogs progress through a hierarchy of titles: Introduction to Quarry, Junior Earthdog, Senior Earthdog, and Master Earthdog.

Field Trials

In Dachshund field trials, Doxies are set in pairs, called “braces,” that are put on the scent of live rabbits and are then released to show off their scent tracking and quarry chasing skills.

They don’t catch or harm the rabbits, rather, they are judged for their ability to hold the trail of their quarry. Successful participants can win points towards the AKC Field Champion Title.


Dachshunds can be great athletes at agility

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Although there are other breeds better suited for the wide range of skills it takes to win competitive agility (short legs aren’t exactly built for speed… although you would be shocked at how far they can run on little legs), that doesn’t stop wiener dogs and their owners from loving the sport.

Their determination, love of adventure, and excellent trainability makes Doxies delightful partners on the agility field, although a well-honed sense of humor is required.


Contrary to popular belief, not all Dachshunds dislike water.

There are many Dachshunds that love to swim in the lake or pool.

Swimming is a good way for your Dachshund to get exercise, and help to build their muscles, without a lot of impact on their joints.


Many Dachshunds, like Gretel, and Chester before her, can hike long distances to high elevations.

My Dachshund are not the only ones who are capable of, and love, hiking though.

Sniffing through the woods is literally in their blood and most take to it right away.

How to Get and Keep Your Dachshund in Shape

It should be clear by now that Dachshunds are not meant to be sedentary lapdogs. In fact, their exercise needs are more than what most people think.

In additional to general guidelines for dog fitness, there are some special considerations to be particularly aware of with Doxies.

Add Exercise Gradually

If your dog is in poor condition, rushing into strenuous exercise too fast can make him prone to injury. Give him some time to build up muscles to support his neck, spine and joints.

Start with regular walks at least 5 times a week, adding distance and difficulty as his fitness improves.

Puppies Require Special Consideration

The muscular skeletal system of young dogs is still developing during the first year so you should wait until your puppy is old enough for strenuous physical activity.

While normal levels of activity including play with other puppies or running around in the yard are not a cause for concern, it can be unwise to start activities such as leashed jogging, prolonged swimming, excessive and repetitive jumping, hiking, or very long walks.

Once acclimated to the exercise, Dachshunds make excellent sport or trail companions!

Dachshunds are bred to be athletic but how much exercise do they need?

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Train Your Doxie to Play Active Games

Fun games like fetch and find it will engage your wiener dog both physically and mentally. Plus, you can play these games inside when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Avoid games like tug-of-war, or activities that cause a lot of twisting, which can put undue stress on the neck and spine.

Investigate Dachshund Friendly Dog Sports

You may find there are clubs in your area that give your dog a chance to socialize and get plenty of exercise while giving you exposure to the most modern training techniques from people that really “get” dogs.

Flyball, Earthdog, Scent Work, and Agility are all good choices.

Hopefully this gave you a different perspective on miniature Dachshunds and inspired you to make sure you yours is getting enough exercise. Wiener dog are certainly not lapdogs! 

Are you sure your Dachshund is getting enough exercise? They might need more than you think.

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Dachshunds are determined and intelligent dogswith vivacious personalities. They are small but can be fierce in protecting their domain and enjoy a quest for hunting. They can be standard or miniature.

Are you wondering whether your dachshund is still growing or is overweight? Or have they reached their optimum weight and height?

This article is going to answer your questions and give you more information about the Dachshund growth chart.

When Do Dachshunds Stop Growing?

Dachshund Weight Chart

Dogs like humans have growth plates that close when they are fully grown at a certain age. For some owners, it can be difficult to know exactly when do dachshunds stop growing?

The growth plates for dachshunds occur between the ages of 6 and 8 months and at this point, by following a dachshund weight chart you can know how large your puppy will be.

Dachshunds can still look like a puppy, with features such as a round face, soft fur on the coat, and a narrow chest even when they are fully grown.However, they will stop growing at the age of 2 years.

Another way to know whether your puppy is fully grown is to have a look at their siblings and parents if you can.

You will get a great view of your puppy’s future physique by looking at the previous litter from the same parents.

Dachshund Size Chart

To know the ideal weight for your dachshund, you first need to determine what type you have. Miniature dachshunds are smaller with a height of between 5 to 6 inches and their optimal weight should not be more than 11 pounds.

Standard dachshunds have a height of between 8 and 9 inches weighing around 16 and 32 pounds.

Since standard and miniature dachshunds are of the same breed, it can be hard to know what your puppy will look like when they grow.

However, a 5 or 6-month-old standard dachshund should weigh between 22 and 25 pounds while the miniature dachshund of the same age should weigh between 11.5 and 12.8 pounds.

You can relax if your Dachshund’s weight is a bit more or less than any of the numbers in the chart. If he has a few extra pounds over the stated range it is perfectly acceptable, not all Dachshunds may fall within the established range.

It is advised that you always check with your veterinarian if you ever have doubts.

Dachshund Weight Chart

Age Standard Dachshund
Weight (lbs)
Standard Dachshund
Weight (kg)
3 Months13 lbs
5.9 kg
4 Months 18 lbs
8.2 kg
5 Months22 lbs
10 kg
6 Months25 lbs11.3 kg
7 months27 lbs12.2 kg
8 months29 lbs13.2 kg
9 months30 lbs13.6 kg
10 months31 lbs14.1 kg
11 months32 lbs14.5 kg
12 months32 lbs14.5 kg

Dachshund Growth Chart – What to Expect

When Do Dachshunds Stop Growing

Birth – 2 Weeks 

From when they are born to 2 weeks, dachshunds are at their most vulnerable stage. In their first two weeks of life, they depend on their mother to feed them, keep them warm and help them urinate.

It is recommended that at this stage, you avoid human interference and let the mother do her job. At this stage, the puppies learn to crawl and walk as well as develop their hearing abilities and open their eyes.

3 Weeks – 12 Weeks 

This is also known as the socialization stage.During this period, your puppy will start interacting with other dogs as well as humans around them. It is important to allow your puppy to learn about human interactions.

At this stage of life, your puppy should still be with their mother so that they can develop playing skills and become more coordinated. You will notice that their ears stand up and they develop their ability to bark. Consult a dachshund growth chart to monitor progress.

4 Months – 6 Months 

At this stage, your dachshund will start increasing their confidence and independence. They will have increased interest in the world and start venturing further into other things apart from you.

They will not be fully independent hence they are easily distracted. Their progress can be easily monitored against a dachshund puppy weight chart.

Dachshund Puppy Growth Chart

They will still have most of their confidence in you and still listen to you, even though they do not fully understand you. Also, in this stage, their size and appetite will be growing almost every day,therefore, make note of all the changes until it reaches the peak.

7 Months – 12 Months 

Your puppy enters their adolescent phase,and they will experience changes in temperament. Their need for activity and companionship increases and they will have a low tolerance for boredom.

You should exercise your dachshund at this stage. Exercise ensures that joints and muscles have healthy growth by reducing the growing pains.


From the age of 12 months and above, your puppy should be fully grownand close to their emotional level of maturity, reaching their ultimate size.

Their final features of the face should start solidifying and if they have been neutered or spayed, their temperament begins to calm down.

Dachshund Development

Certain parts of your puppy may still grow such as the face,chest, and legs but the changes will be small. Their size should not fluctuate much.

How Big Do Dachshunds Get?

How Big Do Dachshunds Get

You likely already know that Dachshunds are not very big dogs, but how big do Dachshunds get? The first place to consult and get your information is a Dachshund size chart. These are an excellent reference tool.

If you have seen the puppy’s parents,you probably already have a good idea how big your dog will wind up.

Paw size is another clue, but it is less likely to be obvious with a Dachshund since they have smaller paws and do not grow into them. Finally, you can use a DNA test to look at the pup’s genes for size clues.

Will Neutering/Spaying Affect My Dachshund’s Growth? 

If you have ever owned a puppy before, you might be remembering having the pup spayed or neutered around the 6-month mark.

This used to be the standard practice, but in recent years, it was shown that there is a growth risk if a dog is sterilized too young.

In large breeds, research has shown that they have joint growth issues when spayed or neutered too young.

As a Dachshund is not a large breed, it might not affect them at all. It is still a good idea to get them fixed as soon as possible to prevent bad behaviors and accidental pregnancy.

Dachshund Height Chart 

While growth charts often help you out with weight, you also might want to consult with a Dachshund height chart to know where your dog is on the height spectrum. 

To use a height chart, match up your puppy’s age with the average height and see where his height is at when compared to the averages.

Since the breed is not very large, you should not be surprised to know that they only stand between 8 and 9 inches tall on average, as adults.

Puppies will be even shorter. They stop growing in height between 6 and 9 months normally as well.

How To Properly Weigh And Measure A Dachshund? 

It is really easy to properly weigh and measure your Dachshund. When you take your dog in for vet visits, you will definitely get to have your dog weighed and measured. At home, there are other ways you can do it.

Since the dog is small, you can use your bathroom scale to weigh your dog. You can do this by weighing yourself first and jotting that down.

Then, pick up your pup and stand back on the scale. The difference in weight is your puppy’s weight.

To measure your dog’s height, measure the distance from his shoulder to the floor using a tape measure.

What Is A Dachshund’s Neck Size? 

You might not have thought about measuring your dog’s neck before, but it is helpful to know. If you know your dog’s neck size, you can buy an appropriate harness or collar.

You can do this with a tape measure, measuring around the point above the shoulder where the collar will rest.

A Dachshund’s neck usually measures between 16 and 20 inches, but naturally, a puppy’s neck will be smaller.

If you are getting a collar for your puppy, make sure the collar will fit, but that it will adjust as he grows, so you do not have to continually buy new, bigger ones.

Factors That Affect Dachshund Puppy Growth

Dachshund Growth Factors


Genetics plays an important role in the health of dachshunds. They have a unique body type that sits incredibly low on the ground and is quite long with short legs.

This body structure increases the risk of genetic health issues associated with dogs with long bodies.

The common health issues include back disease, obesity, dental disease, cardiac disorders, and cancer. It is important to visit the vet for a regular check-up to avoid these health conditions.

The dachshund puppy growth chart should always be used as an easy guide to check the expected weight of your pup.


Since dachshunds are prone to obesity, nutrition plays an important role in their overall health. Feeding your Dachshund puppy an unhealthy and imbalanced diet can make them gain weight and become obese.

Dachshund Puppy Development

Therefore, ensure that the food that you feed your dachshund is of high quality and balanced to avoid weight-related health conditions.

Physical Activity & Health 

Due to their body type, dachshunds can easily gain weight hence a need for regular physical activity to keep them fit, healthy and happy. Apart from being fit, playing and exercising also encourages mental stimulation.

This prevents your puppy from being destructive, barking excessively, and getting bored.

The minimum requirement for an adult miniature dachshund is 30 minutes of exercise and for an adult, standard miniature is 60 minutes of exercise. However, if you are worried about your puppy’s weight you can increase the exercise time.

Miniature Dachshund vs Standard Dachshund

Are you wondering whether your dachshund is a miniature or standard? The main difference between the two is size: standards are bigger than miniatures.

Standards are 8 to 9 inches to their withers while miniatures are 5 to 6 inches to their withers.

To check the size of your dachshund, use a measuring tape and measure from the floor to the highest point between their shoulder blades (withers).

Put your miniature on the scale too, if they are 5 kg or less, they are a miniature, and if between 7 kg and 14 kg,then they are a standard dachshund.

Both standard and miniature dachshunds have similar coat types, either wire-haired, smooth, or long-haired. The colors of the coat can be black and tan, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, cream and red.

How Much Should A Dachshund Weigh?

It is important to know the healthy weight of your dachshund. An overweight or underweight puppy has a higher risk of health issues. So how much should a Dachshund weigh then?

At full size, a standard dachshund should weigh between 16 and 32 pounds while a miniature dachshund should weigh less than 11 pounds, depending on body length and height. You should be able to feel the ribs of a healthy dachshund with your hand and their waistline should also be visible.

Regularly weighing your dachshund is a great way to track whether they are losing or gaining weight.

The following are the signs that your dachshund is overweight:

  • You cannot see much definition throughout their body.
  • You cannot feel their ribs.
  • They are tired and slow.
  • Their withers have fat rolls.
  • They are in their older years.
  • They are not eager to play.

If your dachshund needs to lose weight, do the following:

  • Your puppy may be gaining weight because they have a medical condition, therefore, visit the vet for them to be checked out.
  • Cut back on the treats. However, if you are training them, replace treats bought from the stores with healthy snacks such as cauliflower or raw carrots.
  • Avoid feeding them human food as it increases the risk of diabetes.
  • Increase their daily exercise.

How Long Are Dachshunds Pregnant?

On average, the gestation period of dachshunds is around 63 to 65 days.During this period, nutrition and exercise are especially important to maintain the health of the puppies growing and the mother.

A balanced and high-quality diet, as well as regular walks, are necessary during this stage. You should not feed mineral supplements or vitamins to your pregnant dachshund to avoid hormonal imbalance.

Dachshund Right Weight

Early signs of pregnancy include enlarged nipples and eating more than usual. During the final days of their pregnancy, your puppy will experience rapid weight gain and swollen belly. Once you notice these signs, take your puppy to the vet for diagnosis.

How Many Puppies Do Dachshunds Have?

Dachshunds can also be called badger dogs or sausage dogsand they are not particularly a bigger breed of dogs.

Miniature dachshunds have a lower number of litters of up to four while their standard counterparts have an average litter size of between four and eight.

The litter size can be affected by size and age. Larger dogs have more space for gestation and delivering more puppies compared to smaller dogs.

Younger dogs produce more puppies than older dogs. Dogs should be at least 3 years old and not more than 5 years, to make sure they are fully developed to produce puppies.

What is the Life Expectancy Of Dachshunds?

Is your dachshund beginning to age or getting older? Or do you just want to know their life expectancy? Generally, dachshunds are known to live longer compared to other dog breeds, and many owners have reported that their dachshunds have lived for over 18 years.

Dachshunds and other small dogs like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzu live longer because of their small size.

Larger dogs tend to age quickly because they grow faster which can lead to abnormal growth of tissues causing health problems such as cancer and tumors.

On average, standard dachshunds live between 12 and 14 years while miniature dachshunds live between 12 and 16 years.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Dachshund?

Before deciding to get a dachshund, you should know the cost involved in owning one. The average cost of owning a dachshund puppy can range from $950 to $1600.

You will need to vaccinate your puppy against diseases such as hepatitis, parvovirus, canine distemper, and leptospirosis.These costs vary between $50 and $80.

You will also need to buy the following items for your puppy which can cost around $550:

  • Water and feeding bowls.
  • Bedding, for example, vet-bed or bean bag.
  • Collar and lead with name tag and contact details.
  • Grooming equipment such as comb, brush, nail clippers, dog toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Indoor crate.
  • Third-party insurance.
  • Poo bags.

The main regular expense is food and treats, and this varies depending on the brand but ranges between $55 and $70 per month. Healthcare insurance is another cost that you need to consider for your dachshund which is around $500 annually.

Dachshund Genetics And Common Health Problems

Dachshund Health Problems

The common health problems that dachshunds are genetically predisposed to include:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease – This condition happens when the vertebral disks herniate because of too much stress due to their short rib cages, long bodies, and short legs. This disease can be avoided by ensuring that your puppy does not jump up and down and supports its whole body when carrying them.
  • Unitary Tract Infection – It is important to monitor your dog’s bathroom behavior and urine. If your puppy does not produce much or finds it difficult to urinate, they may have contracted this infection. It is recommended that you visit your vet for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Weight Issues – dachshunds are prone to obesity and excessive weight gain, which can lead to other diseases including heart disease and diabetes. If exercise and diet do not help with your dog’s weight, they may have thyroid disease that manifests as lethargy and infection.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, the above article has given you information to better understand the dachshund weight chart, as your dachshund pup grows and develops. This will help you maintain their optimum weight throughout their stages of life.

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