Average Weight for a Miniature Dachshund

Average weight for a miniature Dachshund

Introduction

In the late 19th century, German hunters needed smaller Dachshunds to be used on European hare, which usually occupied narrower burrows compared with foxes and badgers.

As a result of time-consuming pedigree breeding, a Miniature Dachshund was created – a small, but strong dog with lively character.

Average weight of mini Dachshund

Size

In the USA, Great Britain and most English speaking countries there is one size for a Miniature Dachshund. In Germany (a Dachshund’s homeland) there are two sizes for this breed: miniature and rabbit Dachshunds. The two sizes are differentiated by chest circumference rather than weight, moreover, rabbit Dachshunds are smaller than their miniature relatives.

The average size of a Miniature Dachshund is 16-21 cm at the shoulder (male) and 14-19 cm (female). However, a Miniature Dachshund is not far from its standard relative, whose average size at the shoulder is about 20-27 cm.

Advice: if you are going to buy a Miniature Dachshund, ask the breeder to show you the parents of a puppy you want to choose. Pay a close attention at parents build up (they should not be too big for a Miniature Dachshund), moreover, their chest circumference should be under 35 cm.

Average Weight

By weight, a Miniature Dachshund is 2 times smaller than its standard relatives: average weight of a male Miniature Dachshund is 5 kilos, of a female Miniature Dachshund – 4 kilos (in comparison, a standard Dachshund weights about 9 kilos).

Average weight female miniature Dachshund

Actually, Miniature Dachshund puppies experience their most rapid puppy growth rate between birth and 11 weeks of age. After that it slows down considerably, usually ending at somewhere between 8 and 12 months when the puppy becomes a mature adult.

Recommendation: every dog owner should always carefully check the internal and external state of the dog, especially when it is still a puppy.

Weight Chart

For the sake of convenience, we are going to provide you with weight chart for a puppy of Miniature Dachshund. Remember, that this weight data is approximate:

  • 1 month – a puppy should weight under 1 kilo;
  • 3 months – 1 kilo;
  • 4 months – 1,5 – 2 kilos;
  • 6 months – 2-3 kilos;
  • 8 months – 3-4 kilos (the weight of an adult Miniature Dachshund).
Warning! This weight chart represents an approximate weight of a healthy Miniature Dachshund puppy. If the weight of your puppy doesn’t correspond with this data (towards obesity or retrogression), we advise you to visit a vet doctor who will make up an appropriate diet schedule and menu for your small Dachshund.

Obesity

Be careful! Miniature dog breeds, as well as Miniature Dachshund, are usually prone to obesity.

Excessive weight may be connected with hormonal shift, inappropriate diet or low physical activity, that is why it is necessary to take care of a Dachshund concerning its diet and physical exercises.
The Dachshund’s body should be lean and muscular with a pronounced arch behind the ribs. The Dachshund’s chest bone should visibly protrude, with a dimple on each side.

If you notice that the fat around the chest covers the breastbone, or that the dog displays a rounded waistline that does not arch upward at the abdomen, your Dachshund has some extra weight. This is true for both miniature and standard Dachshunds.

If your dog has an ideal weight, you should be able to feel the ribs without probing through fat.



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