We have two main problems with getting him to lose weight. Now, I put them out every 3-4 hours if they don’t ask to go out on their own. Do you think the exercise alone will be enough to make a difference if he is overweight? Sounds like you keep your pup at a healthy weight. Could you please give me some helpful tips?? . Make sure your pup is getting outside for at least thirty minutes every day, whether it be walking around the block or hiking up a mountain. My Doxie, Harley is yet to be house trained! If a Dachshund’s parents had weight problems, it is likely the puppy will too. She gets baths cause she loves to play in mud. Could I send you pics of parents and Rougie. This website may collect anonymous but general demographic information about you when you visit, click ads, or leave a comment. After reading your blog and other info, I realise I just don’t care that if he’s not a mini, and that I want to be very transparent with the new owners about these facts when it comes time for the bambino’s to go to their new loving homes. I am going to try to give her less. The Dachshund Lady, lives and breathes everything Dachshund, hiking and camping with dogs, and blogging. It sounds like your pups are well excercised, at least in the winter when it’s cooler anyway Controlling the amount of food, especially during times when they are less active, is key. I adjust their food up and down according to our currently actuvity level… and sometimes even on a daily basis. And very active. However we for sure make up for it in the summer months with lots of trips to the off leash park. Dachshunds that fall between the weight ranges are typically just oversized miniatures, and are often called by the slang term “tweenies”. -Maggie’s Mom. Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds. Great article !! Think about the fact that she may be hungry for better quality food. My dachshund is quite small for a standard, but because of her breastsize she is a standard. It’s not rocket science I know, but it seems our intelligence has nothing to do with it when it comes to our fur babies, we simply need someone like you to ‘tell it to us straight’. Just started last 2 weeks, was eating 1 cup per day , 1/2 cup 2x a day. Future puppies are big and this fact will cause some discomfort for the mother. I’m going to answer here so that your question may help others but will also send you this info via email. Now need help with the weight problem. However, there is a section on what to do if your Dachshund needs to gain weight at the end. How to Take Care of Newborn Dachshund Babies. Personally, the quality of diet affects the dog just as much and more then the amount of food. I thought about feeding him Raw, but I don’t know how to change him over! Nature’s Variety is a bit better but Acana/Orijen is one of the highest quality grain free foods out there. Maintaining a proper weight can be challenging for some dogs. Asking questions and researching is the first step. My email is Jessica@PetTalkMedia.com? Hi Jessica, I have an 11 month old miniature short haired who I think is overweight…she looks chubby but it’s hard to tell what to do. Just like people, it’s simple. But also that he may not be a miniature at all, what a revelation, that hadn’t even crossed my mind. It’s pretty easy to see these weight “markers” if your dog has a short or slick coat. I recently got a foster dog who was severely underweight, so trying to help him gain weight has been a whole new adventure (especially when Barley is pretty certain she needs a snack any time he’s getting something and she absolutely does not need to put on any weight). Of course an occasional mini wheat, popcorn or cheerio might end up in her mouth as well… activity level could be better, but we go on 30 to 60 minute walks 3 to 4 times a week. So we experimented with pheno with kbr and found that pheno 1X daily,kbr/ once each evening along with fish oil and chicken broth works. It’s about refusal to walk in a harness or jacket but there is a section called “9 Ways to Out-Smart Your Dachshund into Walking” at the bottom Good luck. Dachshunds are prone to disk problems because they have a long back, so this dog is not a good choice for anyone with a lot of steps in their home. (They share a father who topped out at a 14lb and each of their mothers were around 12). I spent 5 minutes with them out there saying “go potty”. Hi Amanda and Jessica, I live in Alaska on the coast so we get very cold weather and lots of rain. Ok, not r, This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, many people do not know a fat dog when they see one, Related: 5 Reasons Why Pet Obesity Is a Serious Problem. She isnt very active and I don’t want to stress her – we are cutting back on her food to approx one handful dry dog food (1/4 cup or less each time). I’m hoping after the baby is here and I’m all healed, we all will get out for some walks! Both her parents are larger and I’m so happy that Doortje (her name) stayed small! I can’t speak to the food you are giving Truffles because I don’t know what it is. He’s now at 18.5 lbs. As for the walking, it sounds like Odie is not used to it and/or not in good enough shape to go far. Hi Toni. Rabbit Dachshunds are smaller in stature than miniatures. I have had mini dachshund, 14 y/o passed to rainbow bridge on 01/31/18. Mini parents can have a standard and visa versa. I know you’re not a vet, Vet’s have all the great Medical information and skill we need, but you have so much lived dachshund experience and knowledge that no Vet could ever study for. now she is down to 28 lbs. A standard Dachshund will weigh anywhere from 16-32lbs, whereas a mini Dachshund should be no more than 11lbs. Maybe he is a standard. Tell me, Striving for more and better is good but don't for, Get in loser, we're going muddin' Great read! We now have a wired hair Dachshund mix & she eats Freshpet as well. Daisy and I need to start watching her weight. Otherwise, they are genetically the same breed. We’ve always fed her Royal Canin Miniature, first the puppy until 10 months as recommended, and now the adult. This article may help with his refusal to walk: https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/how-to-get-your-dachshund-to-walk-in-a-harness-or-jacket/ That’s why I mostly keep my opinions and thoughts to myself. Jessica's dogs have been her best hiking and camping buddies for the last 16 years. My email address suggests I have Scottish Terriers but I would like to talk about my standard wire female. Glad we were able to chat over messenger about it. long haired dapple dachshund Pets and Animals in North Carolina at AmericanListed.com classifieds. For example, two miniature Dachshund parents can have a puppy that grows up to be a standard. For example, I started taking them out every hour whether they indicated they needed to go out or not. You can replace some of the volume of his food with Frozen green beans (thaw them out first though – don’t used caned because of the sodium). It’s very interesting how different countries judge differently. In Germany, they also recognize a “rabbit” size dachshund. It sounds like you are on the right track though. It also helped to control his weight & energy. Newborn puppies should be weighed once or twice a day, preferably at the same time of day. l. If your Dachshund is classified as a 1 or 2 on the chart, they may be underweight. suecharsky@yahoo.com She eats 1/4-1/3 cup of food twice a day (depending on her look at activity level) for a total of 1/2 to 2/3 cup a day. Thanks for sharing such good info. He’s is about 20lbs and has been free fed his whole life (3years), never really over eating but he doesn’t get the most excerxise at the moment which will all change at Christmas when he gets a whole acre to call his own. I understand now. That being said, I admit that I don’t know each individual dog’s story. Hi Sergio. I googled ideal Dachshund body weight after a trip to the vets and so glad I found this lovely blog! For the best results, train your dachshund … Hi Sue. So I guess he’s closer to standard than miniature. Step 2. He is more long coat, 6 months old and already 15 lbs, needs bath more often due to smell. The two primary ways to help your Dachshund gain weight is to increase their calorie intake by: If your Dachshund is too thin, it’s also likely that they could use to build some muscle. As for raw, it’s not hard to change him over. New. Having so much variation in weight among the breed can make it difficult to determine what the proper weight for YOUR dog actually is. Good luck! Anything Look…Weird? This idea of leaving a food dish out to eat at leisure would be foreign to us. Then the seizures started several months (from a rescue shelter, returned once by prior family, then we adopted her and experienced the seizures. When they are full grown their rib-cage circumference is 11 inches or under and they weigh no more than 8 lbs. However, being too thin, and not eating enough food, can lead to nutrient deficiencies and other health issues. This is a great post for dogs of all breeds, I think! After he was neutered his weight when up to 15-16 lbs. ... shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight. We know they exist. Some days she doesn’t get any treats. Could you give me your top 2 dry dog foods that I could try? Decide how many meals a day is best for your Dachshund (I feed my adult Dachshunds twice a day and fed my puppy three times a day), and stick to it! If you suspect your Dachshund needs to gain some weight, the first thing you should do is double check with your veterinarian. Standards are between 16 and 32 lbs. Hi Katie. Could you recommend me a type of treat that is more diet-friendly? During this week the fetuses weight will increase by 75%. Rabbit Dachshunds are smaller in stature than miniatures. The best way to tell if she is a proper weight is by looks and feel. I concur that quality of food is important. Did you also find my harness information? This was a great point! Although it can be painful to hear from a stranger, those that don’t live with your dog every day, and who don’t have an emotional attachment like you do, can offer objective feedback about your Dachshund’s weight. Im sure he hasn’t but I would appreciate what you think! Woof! It’s not about the money for me, it’s about spreading the joy, and I’ll be sure to make this information clear. The gurgle is not a contented stomach. There ARE circumstances beyond an owner’s control that can result in an overweight pet such as limited mobility of the owner, a disease the dog has, or medication. There is a condition that occurs after breeding, known as “false pregnancy” in which your doxie might exhibit the symptoms of pregnancy. I have heard of dogs losing weight when switched to a raw diet. Looking from above while your dog is standing up, you can clearly see their spine and hip bones sticking out. Buy and sell thousands of cute puppies looking for good homes, all across the USA. Also, DogTread sells treadmills specifically designed for dogs. I live in the UK and my lovely fur baby Reggie is 18 months old and weighs 19.8 lbs. We finally decided to look for another. If she is overweight, I would talk to your vet and then consider cutting down her meal size. I am not a veterinarian but I might be able to help estimate just how overweight your pup is (how much he has to lose) based on his apparent body frame size. Start with the suggested amount. Ideally, your dog would have a score of 3. Those things can severely limit ones quality of life and be a significant factor in determining how long they live (spoiler alert: it’s shorter). For the sake of convenience, we are going to provide you with weight chart for a puppy of Miniature Dachshund. nice weekend to you too! That means that your pup would not be considered a mini in the US. How Much Should a Dachshund Weigh? Where can I read about that Hi Jessica, I can’t speak for your breeder as far as what she is seeing but I do question her approach. With that being said – and I’m only saying this because you reached out about a weight issue – but your babies do look like they could lose a pound or two. If so, how much should I cut back? On the days that you feed your Dachshund more treats, feed them a little less at each meal to balance out the calorie intake. Check out the chart in this article: http://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/lets-get-real-is-your-dog-fat/. As a rule of thumb, miniature Dachshund puppies should be eating approximately one half-cup to one full cup of kibble per day. However, my vet said that a dog that is closer to a 2 can still be healthy and, with some breeds like greyhounds and Dachshunds, that is more normal when a dog is fit. I’ve been trying to be better about it though and have managed to get them out to walk at least every other day for the last couple of weeks. I have a mini Dachshund who weighs nearly 15 pounds and he is in perfect shape. At a proper weight, you should be able to see at least the last rib bone with the naked eye. Here are a couple of articles that might help if you want to go that route: https://www.darwinspet.com/resources/transitioning/dog/ (from the manufacturer of the raw food I feed my dogs) https://keepthetailwagging.com/5-steps-to-transition-a-dog-to-raw-dog-food/ (from my friend who is a raw feeding expert). I found my encouraging their hunting instincts by hiding treats affected them, so we stopped doing that. The first ingredient on the label should be meat (or the second at the very least). Karen, you were not explicit but I gather the issue is that the breeder thought Truffles is too skinny? In Germany, they also recognize a “rabbit” size dachshund. What about Dachshunds that are between 11 lbs and 16 lbs? I would love it if we could take more walks without it being a battle of wills. It is a high time to feed your Dachshund more frequent but with smaller portions. In my mind we get out every day buy that’s sadly not the reality. He also doesn’t get enough exercise because he’s very scared to go outside, so 1x around the block is about all I do with him. I’m sure Reggie will be at an ideal weight in no time . To help control his weight, you might need to reduce his food (you can replace the volume with thawed, frozen green beans) and increase the exercise. Copyright © 2021 You Did What With Your Weiner. Good luck. It’s necessary to give him exercise though. Dennis the dachshund weighed 56 pounds in this 2013 photo. Do you think if I switch to a raw food diet on alternate days that this would help him lose weight? If so, the only way you can solve the second breakfast is to stop doing that or shut Buckley in a separate room with his food until he is done. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes two sizes in the AKC Dachshund breed standard – standard and miniature. My vet has recommended that I give my mini dachshund benedryl 2x a day. Both parents are mini Doxies. In the Netherlands we normally don’t take the weight as measurement for the type (rabbit, miniature, standard), but the size of the breast. I understand he’s scared but it’s important to get him past that. He gained 9 pounds in 3 months. Jessica, finding this post was one of the best things for my little Buddy! Knowing it’s a problem you need to address is definitely the first step. I get angry when I see people post pictures online of their fat Dachshund and celebrate their “cute, chubby dog”. thank you – Truffles is almost 7yrs old, standard wire spayed female. Minis can have standards and standards can have minis. Reggie eats occasional kibble, cooked chicken (small portion) and cooked chicken livers (small portion) and has the few odd treats thrown in between. (see image for dimensions) Good luck. That’s right… some fluctuation is ok but it’s important to be aware and keep an eye on it. What you describe sounds perfectly normal to me – what it’s like in the US too. Never had a odor issue. I will say that I think you feed her too much. If your dog needs to lose weight, feed less. The dachshund (UK: / ˈ d æ k s ən d,-,-h ʊ n d,-h ʊ n t / DAKS-ənd, DASH-, -⁠huund, -⁠huunt or US: / ˈ d ɑː k s h ʊ n t,-s ən t / DAHKS-huunt, -⁠ənt) (German: "badger dog"), also known as the wiener dog, badger dog, or sausage dog, is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed.They may be smooth, wire, or long-haired. It’s affordable and grain free but there are higher quality foods out there. Since you just changed his amount of food recently, I would wait to see if he slims down a little from that. While big Dachshunds can have little ones, and visa versa, usually a good breeder will be able to estimate the puppy’s size when full grown. So hat’s what this article primarily deals with. I’d appreciate any help I could get! The Dachshund community has fittingly deemed them “tweenies.”. My question is if it’s too early to diet? When I read that mini parents can have a standard, I quickly whipped out my measuring tape and sure enough, I believe Fritz is a standard! I could use a mood boost and inspiration. We’re active with a 30-min a.m. walk and a 30-min p.m. walk or dog park run; weekends are a 1-2 hour hike with a 45-min dog park run on Sunday. My kids dislike walking him because of his stubborness. A body score of 3 is typically considered ideal. Good luck with the upcoming babies. she has always been extremely active. Are Miniature Dachshunds Good Apartment Dogs? Another thing to note is that using smaller treats with less calories is only half of the equation. You can use a measuring cup or weight (in grams) to ensure you’re feeding your pup the right amount. If you think I’m a little harsh about the weight issue sometimes, that is because I am very passionate about it. Thank you. Yule weights 7kg (15.4 pounds) and is a very lean boy. this am. Gretel gained 3/4 lb when she was on crate rest for her back but I reduced her food, and we’ve started walks again, and she is back down to her pre-injury weight. Two miniature dachshunds can breed and produce a standard dachshund and vice versa. She is a chiweenie and was up to 29 lbs. Bred and shown in two sizes, standard and miniature; miniatures are not a separate classification but compete in a class division for "11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older." This will likely end in winter though…we’re in a very winter area of Canada. https://www.facebook.com/YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner, http://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/lets-get-real-is-your-dog-fat/, https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/lets-get-real-is-your-dog-fat/, https://www.darwinspet.com/resources/transitioning/dog/, https://keepthetailwagging.com/5-steps-to-transition-a-dog-to-raw-dog-food/, https://formydachshund.com/free-feeding-vs-scheduled-feeding-your-dachshund-which-is-better/, https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/how-to-get-your-dachshund-to-walk-in-a-harness-or-jacket/. Standards are between 16 and 32 lbs. New posts will not be retrieved. I do have accidents in the house now but it’s due to my boy begin old and having dementia. I also support necessary daily exercise for Dachshunds. Thanks for any suggestions. I’m actually getting ready to publish a blog post about my recommended treats but it’s not quite ready yet. 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