Dachshund Health

Dachshund Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 9 – 12kg (20 – 26lbs).
Female – 9 – 12kg (20 – 26lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 30 – 35cm (12 – 14in).
Female – 30 – 35cm (12 – 14in).

Coat:
Short, smooth coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 14 years.

Average Litter Size:
2 – 4 puppies.

Dachshund Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
There are several Dachshund health problems that owners should be aware of.  The first of these is acanthosis nigricans, an inherited skin condition that can also be caused by friction or hormonal issues.  This disease is characterised by a darkening of the skin, accompanied by increased scratching and noticeable hair loss.  The cause of this condition should be determined by a vet and the best course of action can then be decided upon.  Dachshunds are also known to suffer from patellar luxation, when the kneecap becomes dislocated, causing your dog initial pain followed by difficulty moving and the need to hold their leg off the floor.  If not treated a dog will suffer more difficulty walking and can suffer from arthritis later in life.  To correct this Dachshund health problem surgery is usually required.

Another of the known Dachshund health problems is Cushing’s Syndrome, an excessive production of the hormone which regulates the metabolism.  It is usually found in older dogs and symptoms include weight gain, frequent urination and hair loss.  Because these are not specific to this condition, a vet should be consulted for an accurate diagnosis.  Dachshunds can also suffer from Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), a painful condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible.  This condition affects the intervertebral disc, a shock-absorbing structure between each vertebra, and causes them to deteriorate rapidly.  While this usually causes a dog little pain, it can result in neck and back problems.  However, in some cases it can cause significant pain with symptoms including a reluctance to walk, restlessness and, in more serious cases, a lack of co-ordination, incontinence and occasionally paralysis.  Luckily, this is one of the Dachshund health problems that can be treated.

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