Dachshunds are easily recognizable for their tiny size, long body, and charming personality. These features make them irresistible to pet owners. It is essential to understand the growth milestones of your Dachshund puppies as they transition into adulthood. From month to month, these milestones can impact your pup’s overall health and development.
Dachshunds have German roots and are popular family pets all over the world. They are part of the hound family and were once used as hunting companions. Of course, those dogs were much larger than the tiny wiener dogs of today. From their long, sausage-like bodies to their short legs, Dachshunds have a distinct appearance that makes them instantly recognizable. As with any breed, it’s essential to understand the growth patterns and milestones of Dachshunds to ensure they are healthy and happy.
Responsible pet owners are concerned that their dogs are growing correctly, especially when they have a young puppy. Owners often compare their dogs to others to determine whether they develop normally. Our comprehensive guide and Dachshund growth chart can give owners insight into what growth guidelines to expect for the first year. We also answer frequently asked questions about growth and development. Growth charts and guidelines like this one are helpful tools to help owners know what to expect, but they are not precise predictions of how fast an individual dog will grow or when they will reach specific milestones. With that said, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s explore the fascinating world of Dachshund’s growth milestones.
What To Expect
Before we jump in and get into the details, it’s important to note that while growth charts like this one are helpful tools, every dog is unique, and growth stages may differ. Even though your dog may not follow the guidelines precisely, this information can help you prepare and know what to expect as your puppy grows. This is also a fantastic way to learn about the different developmental stages and changes during puppyhood.
Our article explores the growth patterns of a typical, standard-sized Dachshund. Keep in mind that puppy results will vary greatly. All dogs experience growth spurts and plateaus and have periods where growth slows down and times where they seem to grow noticeably bigger every day. This is a normal part of puppy development, and even though it may be stressful, it is not a cause for concern. Owners must remember that Dachshunds reach full adult size before celebrating their first birthday. Most achieve full adult height and weight at about 8 months old. Doxies will continue to fill out over the next few months, but growth will slow and not be very noticeable.
Puppy growth also depends on genetics, nutrition, overall health, and the environment. It is important to feed dogs of all ages appropriate food and ensure they are safe and away from potential injuries. Your puppy might be slightly bigger or smaller than the averages we provide. If you have any specific concerns about your dog’s development, it is best to contact your veterinarian.
Puppy Growth Timeline
During the puppy stage, Dachshunds experience rapid weight gain, with most reaching adult height and weight by 6-8 months. In the adolescent phase, Dachshunds continue to grow but at a slower rate than during the puppy stage. This stage lasts from six months to one year of age. The average weight of a Dachshund at one year is around 16-32 pounds, with a height between 8 and 9 inches.
Let’s look at the first year of a Dachshund puppy’s life and learn about notable growth milestones and developmental needs. This breakdown is for a standard-sized Dachshund. Miniature Doxies are noticeably smaller.
Birth To 2 Weeks
Puppies are born with their eyes and ears sealed, so they cannot see or hear. They are incredibly small and will rely wholly on their mother for care and sustenance. During these first few weeks, puppies must nurse as much as possible. Make sure mama dogs are also getting proper care and nutrition. If your puppy is not getting enough milk, ask your veterinarian about puppy milk formula and other substitutes. They do not weigh much at birth, likely under one pound.
During the first month of their life, Dachshund puppies depend entirely on their mother for food and care. They will spend most of their time sleeping and nursing as their bodies grow and develop. Eyes and ears will be open, and puppies will start to notice their surroundings. Around four weeks, puppies should begin to wean from their mother and transition to puppy food. You can soak puppy food in water or a formula substitute to soften it if need be. It is best to stick to small-breed puppy food. Your puppy will weigh between three and five pounds at this time.
By the end of the second month, Dachshund puppies are becoming more active. They will begin to explore their surroundings, play with their littermates, and should be fully eating solid food. It is time to start teaching basic commands and even try house training if you think your puppy is ready. Puppies will weigh between 5 and 10 pounds by the end of two months old. Puppies will have a complete set of baby teeth that will be very small yet very sharp. It is also time to start puppy vaccinations if you still need to.
At three months old, Dachshund puppies are becoming more independent. They will start to spend more time away from their mother and littermates and be more interested in exploring their environment. Notable milestones during this month include the beginning of house training and the development of adult teeth. You will notice baby teeth fall out, and your pup may start chewing and mouthing behavior as adult teeth grow in. You will see a rapid gain, both mentally and physically. Your pup may be ready to explore more and more every day. Your three-month-old Doxie weighs between 6 and 12 pounds.
During the fourth month, Dachshund puppies continue to grow and develop rapidly. They will become more coordinated and agile and develop a stronger bond with owners. It is time to start obedience training if you have not already. Socialization is critical, as well as potty training. Your pup will be energetic, on the go, and very excitable. Learning these new things is a lot of work; you can expect some ebbs and flows regarding behavior. Your puppy will weigh anywhere between 8 and 16 pounds by now. This breed has a loud, excited bark, and they are not afraid to use it. This tendency may start young.
By the fifth month, Dachshund puppies are well on their way to adult size. It is hard to believe they were such a tiny, helpless little pup just a short time ago. They continue to become more independent and active, and they will start to develop their unique personalities. Hopefully, house training is an old habit, and your pup should understand the fundamental behavior guidelines you have set. You can start teaching tricks and leash training if you still need to start. Sticking to a close routine with dogs of this age is best, as they are prone to pushing boundaries right now. Think of them as curious, somewhat mischievous teenagers. At five months, your Doxie will weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.
At six months old, Dachshunds are considered young adults. They’ll continue to grow and develop but at a slower rate than during their first few months of life. It is time to talk with your veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter your puppy. This occurs around six months for some breeds, but waiting longer for the Doxie is recommended. For males, this doesn’t happen until they are a year to 18 months old. For females, it should happen after they reach sexual maturity. This can be anytime between six months and 14 months old. It is best to try this between their first and second heat, so you’ll need to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure you do this at the right time.
Your pup will weigh between 12 and 25 pounds at this time. Growing will start to slow down as dogs will soon reach their adult weight. Between 6 and 12 months, you will begin transitioning your pup to adult food.
Your puppy will seem like an adult dog at seven months old. It is essential to continue with training, socialization, and rewards for good behavior. Your dog should be in an established routine of daily walks, playtime, and interaction with human family members. Small dogs like this may do better with several small meals a day instead of one or two large ones. Weight will be between 14 and 25 pounds. Your pup will continue to fill out, but this will be gradual and less noticeable. Dogs should be eating a mixture of puppy and adult kibble as they start weaning off puppy chow and moving on to adult kibble. Look for a high-quality, small-breed variety. Some owners may want to consider fresh, human-grade diets for their dogs if they can afford the higher expense.
At 8 months old, your dog will still have plenty of puppy energy but should be well-trained and settled into a routine. Periodic reinforcement of obedience and socialization expectations is advisable. This breed is known to be stubborn and may continuously try to test limits. They may also start to develop separation anxiety when owners leave home. For this reason, this is an excellent breed to crate train, even as adults.
By now, your puppy has reached almost full adult size. Weight is between 15 and 30 pounds. Remember, these dogs reach 16 to 32 pounds at full size.
By now, you will start to see your dog’s energy decrease a little, though they will still retain a playful puppy-like mentality. They know their routine and behavior expectations and are eager to please. A Wiener dog will reach 16 and 30 pounds at nine months. They will be very close to adult size but will continue to add a little weight.
The average weight for a Doxie at this age is between 16 and 31 pounds. Physical change is much less obvious, though behavior will become much more reliable. If owners are consistent about training, dogs should be well-behaved now. Regular walking, playtime, and cuddle time are still needed.
Your dog is an old pro by now. They have almost reached adulthood and are becoming more mentally and physically mature. Dogs should be well on their way to eating a fully adult-formulated diet at this time. They still need regular exercise. Try to divide this into two shorter periods rather than one long walk. Remember, these pups have short little legs, so small distances seem much longer for them.
By 11 months, your puppy will be anywhere from 16 to 32 pounds.
Your dog is one year old, and it is time to party! You will not see much physical growth at this point, though your dog may continue to fill out a little, which will be dependent upon diet and exercise. Your dog has reached full adult size, and depending on the size category, genetics will stay between 16 and 32 pounds. Mixed breeds will get larger.
What Happens Next?
Ensure to continue feeding them a high-quality, well-balanced diet and supervise when eating so they do not overeat. Obesity is a massive problem among small breeds like this.
Schedule a checkup with your veterinarian at one year to ensure your pup has reached all the proper growth and health milestones. You can also discuss the spay and neuter process if you still need to do this. After this, continue with regular preventative care visits at least twice a year. Forming a bond and partnership with your veterinarian is one of the best tools owners have for promoting a healthy, long life for their dog.
Full Grown Dachshund
Your dog has developed from a tiny, helpless puppy to a fully grown, well-behaved, adjusted adult. During puppyhood, males and females are of similar sizes, which remains true as adults. Males may be slightly larger, but both sexes reach between 16 and 32 pounds and stand between 7 and 9 inches tall. Of course, miniature Doxen is smaller. They reach just 11 pounds when fully grown and stand between 5 and 6 inches tall.
Growth Chart By Weight
Factors To Consider
Many different factors will impact how large a dog gets. This is true regardless of breed. Owners must understand the various elements that contribute to a Dachshund’s growth.
Genetics is one of the most significant factors in how large a dog will get. Genetics heavily influences size, but that is not the only factor. Looking at a puppy’s parents and previous litters is one way to get an idea of how large a dog may grow. This is only an estimation, and there is no accurate way to know how large or small any canine will be until they reach full maturity.
Nutrition is another crucial factor that can influence a Dachshund’s growth. A healthy diet is also vital to a healthy dog and a longer life. Feeding your Dachshund a healthy and balanced diet is essential for optimal growth and development. Ensure your Dachshund’s diet contains the right protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Avoid feeding your Dachshund too many treats or table scraps, leading to obesity and health problems.
Overfeeding a dog will make them overweight, but it will not make them larger in size. Overfeeding is a serious concern as it can lead to lifelong health conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overworking muscles, bones, and joints. Look for a small breed, fresh, or breed-specific food if possible. Dogs who overeat, do not get enough, or eat poor-quality diets may be underdeveloped and unhealthy, impacting how large they will grow.
Growth Spurt & Plateaus
Growth spurts and plateaus are a normal part of puppyhood. This does not mean that your dog is not developing properly. As our pets age and their bodies develop, they will grow rapidly for a short time and then have times when growth lulls. In some cases, your dog may seem to double overnight, or it may seem like weight fluctuates quickly. This is normal, but owners should contact their veterinarians if they are concerned about something more happening.
Spay & Neuter
Doxies are spayed and neutered a little later than many other breeds. It is essential to discuss with your veterinarian when the right time to do this is. This is important because going through this procedure too early or too late can impact a dog’s overall health and development. Doing this too early can prevent sexual maturation, impact skeletal growth, and increase the risk of developing diseases and conditions like hip dysplasia.
Certain health conditions can affect Dachshunds, including hip dysplasia, obesity, and thyroid problems. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any signs of health problems, such as lethargy or a lack of appetite. Some common health concerns for this breed are:
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Patella Luxation
- Dental issues
- Skin allergies
- Eye problems, including Progressive Retinal Atrophy
While not all these problems will impact growth and development, they affect a dog’s overall health and quality of life. Dogs battling long-term conditions, or severe diseases like cancer, may develop more slowly, impacting how big they get physically. Owners should monitor their Dachshund’s health and seek veterinary care if they notice any unusual symptoms. Owners may want to consider pet insurance for unexpected costs and a wellness plan for routine expenses to help offset some medical care costs.
Owners can take steps to help promote healthy growth and proper development. These should start when dogs are young puppies and continue throughout their lives. Owners should remember that their care and nutrition needs change as canines age. Always provide them with age-specific food and keep up with regular veterinary care.
- Provide a balanced diet with high-quality protein and nutrients.
- Monitor their weight and provide regular exercise.
- Socialize with other dogs and people to develop their behavioral skills.
- Provide regular healthcare, including check-ups and vaccinations.
- Train them with positive reinforcement to develop good behavior.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the three sizes of Dachshund?
Dachshunds generally come in standard size or miniature. Standard size reaches 16 to 32 pounds, while miniature reaches 11 pounds maximum. There is a smaller size called Kaninchen, but these are hard to find. They are rare and not recognized by breed clubs in several places worldwide, including the United States.
At what age do Dachshunds calm down?
This, of course, will depend on your specific dog. However, these dogs generally start to calm down between eight months to one year old. As with any breed, they will have much more energy when they are younger, especially under six months old. Starting obedience training early, allowing for socialization, and providing plenty of exercises help keep excitability at a minimum.
Do Dachshunds age quickly?
This breed does not age any faster than other canines, though they reach physical maturity a little earlier. This breed is long-lived, with an expected lifespan of 12 to 16 years. Though they reached their physical size earlier than some breeds, it can take longer for this breed to mature sexually. However, they do not age at a different speed than any other breed.
Is a standard Dachshund a small or medium dog?
A standard Dachshund is considered both a small or medium dog, depending on how large they get. Those under 25 pounds are considered small.
Do Dachshunds need a lot of space?
This breed does well in small homes and is popular with people who live in apartments or condominiums. They are a good size and have less need for an outdoor yard. These dogs only need a little outdoor room as long as they get access to outside, such as regular walks. Inside, they need a space to call their own, but they only take up a little space because they are smaller.
Dachshunds are dogs full of energy, personality, and character. They are quite intelligent and pack a whole lot into their small frame. These dogs make popular family pets due to their small size, unique appearance, and engaging personalities. They are also popular as a mixed breed. Before bringing one home, owners must understand the growth process and milestones a puppy will go through during their first year. Keep up with regular veterinary checkups to ensure your dog is developing correctly. Our growth chart is an excellent tool for owners to refer to and learn what to expect next.