Life cycle of a dachshund

Written by clara maxwell | 13/05/2017
Life cycle of a dachshund
Dachshunds make excellent family pets. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

The dachshund is a popular breed of dog, developed 400 years ago in Germany for hunting badgers and wild boar, according to the American Kennel Club. Immediately recognisable by its short legs, strong chest, elongated body and jaunty demeanour, the dachshund makes an excellent family pet when trained properly. Classified by its coat, there are three basic types: short-haired, or smooth; longhair; and wire-haired.

Gestation and Birth

Life cycle of a dachshund
Dachshund puppies come from litters of up to seven pups. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Leon G)

After a gestation period of approximately six months, the mother dachshund gives birth to a litter of three to seven puppies.

Puppies

Life cycle of a dachshund
Dachshunds, like most puppies, are weaned after eight weeks. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ana_Cotta)

Deaf and blind at birth, puppies are completely dependent on their mother. They begin to eat solid food at three to four weeks and are usually weaned after eight weeks.

Maturity

Life cycle of a dachshund
A dachshund pup meets a Saint Bernard. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

Dachshunds reach sexual maturity at around six months and full size between seven and eight months, although they continue to fill out and develop until 18 months, says the Dachshund Club of America. The average weight of a full-grown dachshund is about 6.8 Kilogram.

Longevity

Life cycle of a dachshund
The dachshund is a playful breed. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

Like many small dogs, dachshunds are relatively long-lived, with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Individual dogs regularly live to 16 and beyond.

Temperament and Needs

Life cycle of a dachshund
Dachshunds come in many colours and textures. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Tony Alter)

Brave, stubborn, playful, affectionate and independent to a fault, dachshunds require attention, obedience training, moderate daily exercise and regular play sessions.

Physical Problems

Life cycle of a dachshund
Dachshunds are active and hardy little dogs. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

Dachshunds are prone to obesity. They also suffer from back problems, including herniated disks, as a consequence of their excessively long spines, explains the American Kennel Club.

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