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Dachshund Growth & Weight Chart: Everything You Need To Know

Dr. Kate Boatright
Associate Veterinarian, Speaker, Author - Penn-Ohio Veterinary Services and KMB Veterinary Media LLC
Dachshund puppy at home in bedroom

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

Age Weight
1 month old 3 - 5 lb
2 months old 5 - 11 lb
3 months old 6 - 13 lb
4 months old 8 - 17 lb
5 months old 10 - 20 lb
6 months old 12 - 25 lb
7 months old 14 - 27 lb
8 months old 15 - 29 lb
9 months old 15 - 30 lb
10 months old 15 - 31 lb
11 months old 16 - 32 lb
12 months old 16 - 32 lb
2 years old 16 - 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.

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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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Kate Boatright, VMD

Dr. Kate Boatright
Associate Veterinarian, Speaker, Author - Penn-Ohio Veterinary Services and KMB Veterinary Media LLC

Dr. Kate Boatright, VMD, works as a small animal general practitioner, freelance speaker, and author in western Pennsylvania. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with her veterinary degree in 2013, she has worked throughout Pennsylvania as both a general practice and emergency veterinarian. Both in the clinic and outside of it, Dr. Boatright enjoys building relationships with her clients and educating pet owners on how they can keep their pets as healthy as possible. She loves being a veterinarian and educating students and colleagues on wellness, communication, and the unique challenges facing recent graduates. Outside of the clinic, she is active in many veterinary organizations, enjoys running, watching movies, and playing games with her husband, son, and cats.

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