The American Kennel Club recognises two types of dachshunds: the miniature dachshund and the standard variety. The miniature dachshund is characterised by weighing less than 4.99kg. by the age of 12 months, while the standard dachshund's weight can vary from 7.26 to 14.5kg. by the time the puppy is a 1-year-old. Variations in the standard makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact weight for a 5-month-old puppy.
Lineage Can Also Determine Size and Weight.
Dog owners will have a better sense of what size a puppy will be when familiar with its sire and dam. The larger the sire or dam, the larger your puppy may turn out to be. This is especially important when considering that standard dachshund weights can vary by up to 7.26kg.
Miniature and standard dachshunds are prone to health problems, including obesity. Their long bodies are susceptible to slipped or ruptured disks, problems exacerbated by being overweight. Be aware of your dog's weight, but use the dog's history as a guide. Check the waistline and rib cage regularly. A narrowing of the waist and ribs that are easily felt under a layer of skin is a sign of a healthy weight. Consult your veterinarian regularly. Start your puppy off with good eating habits to keep it healthy and to help ensure it has a long, enjoyable life.
- Miniature and standard dachshunds are prone to health problems, including obesity.
- Their long bodies are susceptible to slipped or ruptured disks, problems exacerbated by being overweight.