Dachshunds (Doxies) are known for their adorable sausage-shaped bodies and vibrant, intelligent personalities.
Their small, compact size makes them so appealing as companion pets the world over.
But when you’re looking at Dachshund puppies, it can be confusing to know just how big your dog will get, especially considering there are different versions of sausage dogs.
In this article, we will unpack everything you need to know about how big Dachshunds get.
We’ll also help you understand the different stages of your Doxie’s life to know if he is on track with his weight and height.
Overview: A Few Fun Facts About the Dachshund
Dachshunds are a breed that was originally developed in Germany. They have a long history dating back some 300 years when they were first bred to hunt badgers.
Their long, low-slung body enabled them to be particularly effective at this task as they could efficiently track and dig badgers out of their dens.
Doxies are determined, courageous dogs that will fiercely protect their territory. They also love to hunt.
And while today, they are loved as lap dogs, they also have tireless energy and big personalities.
How tall is a Dachshund?
Dachshunds are not very tall dogs. In this article, we’ll give you several charts to consult so you can better track your dog’s weight and height as he ages.
Depending on the variety of Dachshund you have, your dog will be between 5 and 9 inches (13 and 23 cm) in height.
What is a healthy weight for a Dachshund?
These dogs are prone to obesity, so it’s a good idea to get your dog frequently checked by your vet to ensure he is of a healthy weight.
Is Your Dachshund Standard or Miniature?
To properly know if your Dachshund puppy is fully grown, overweight, or underweight, it’s important to understand what type of dog you have.
Dachshunds come in two size varieties, namely the Miniature Dachshund and the Standard Dachshund.
How big does a Mini Dachshund get?
Mini Daschunds weigh under 11 pounds (5 kg) and stand between 5 and 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) tall.
Both Mini and Standard Dachshunds have similar coat types, that being either long-haired, smooth, or wire-haired, and the colors of the coat can be brown, black, tan, cream, red, or a combination of these colors.
Meet an adorable eight-week-old Miniature Dachshund puppy here:
How big is a standard-sized Dachshund?
On the other hand, Standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32 pounds (7 and 15 kg) and grow to a height of around 8 or 9 inches (20 or 23 cm).
The best way to determine how big your Standard Doxie puppy will ultimately be is to look at the parent dogs, as this will give you a good idea of how big your pet might be.
The Ultimate Dachshund Puppy Growth Chart by Weight
A Dachshund puppy growth chart will help you determine if your dog is at the right weight for its current age so that your puppy doesn’t grow too fast or slow.
When weighing your Dachshund puppy to see if they’re on track for the correct weight according to their age, it’s essential to keep their gender in mind as male Doxies are significantly bigger than females.
Don’t worry if your Dachshund puppy doesn’t match up to these figures exactly.
A few pounds or kilograms here and there won’t make the most significant difference in your pet’s life at the end of the day.
You can always ask your vet if you have any concerns regarding your puppy’s development.
Standard Dachshund Puppy Growth Chart (lb & kg)
Below is your Standard Dachshund puppy’s estimated weight at the different stages of his life.
Just remember every puppy grows at its own rate, and if you’re ever concerned about your Doxie dog’s weight, don’t hesitate to consult your vet.
|3 months||13 lb (5.9 kg)|
|4 months||18 lb (8.2 kg)|
|5 months||22 lb (10 kg)|
|6 months||25 lb (11.3 kg)|
|7 months||27 lb (12.2 kg)|
|8 months||29 lb (13.2 kg)|
|9 months||30 lb (13.6 kg)|
|10 months||31 lb (14.1 kg)|
|11 months||32 lb (14.5 kg)|
|12 months||32 lb (14.5 kg)|
Miniature Dachshund Puppy Growth Chart (lb & kg)
As mentioned, miniature Dachshund puppies will weigh significantly less than standard Dachshunds.
|3 months||7.1 lb (3.2 kg)|
|4 months||9.5 lb (4.3 kg)|
|5 months||11.5 lb (5.2 kg)|
|6 months||12.8 lb (5.8 kg)|
|7 months||14 lb (6.3 kg)|
|8 months||14.9 lb (6.7 kg)|
|9 months||15 lb (6.8 kg)|
|10 months||15.7 lb (7.1 kg)|
|11 months||16 lb (7.2 kg)|
|12 months||16 lb (7.2 kg)|
Standard Dachshund Puppy Growth and Development with Pictures
You may be worried about if your Standard Dachshund is on track with their development and if you’re feeding them the right food or giving your dog the right amount of exercise to build a healthy weight.
Below, we’ll help you determine if your Standard Doxie puppy is growing correctly for the current stage of its life.
0- to 4-week old Dachshund
Dachshund puppies grow the most in the first two weeks of their life, which is also when they are most vulnerable. They still rely on their mom for food and warmth during this time.
At this stage, humans should intervene as little as possible and let the mother dog care for her babies as she is best equipped to do so.
After two weeks, Dachshund puppies will also begin to learn to move, their eyes will open, and their hearing will develop.
4-week-old (1-month-old) Dachshund
By four weeks old, your Dachshund puppy will begin to interact with other dogs and the world around him.
A four-week-old Doxie pup should still be with their mother as they will learn playing and socialization skills from their mom and their other littermates.
During these weeks, your Dachshund puppy should become more coordinated. His ears may begin to stand up, and he may learn to bark.
8-week-old (2-month-old) Dachshund
At the two-month mark, you will be able to bring your Dachshund puppy home from the breeder.
You will also need to take your puppy to the vet for vaccinations, and your vet will also weigh and measure your dog to ensure that he is at the right weight for his age.
How big is an 8 week old Mini Dachshund?
An 8-week-old miniature Dachshund is tiny. When you bring them home, these dogs will not weigh more than 5 pounds, which is only 2.2 kilograms.
12-week-old (3-month-old) Dachshund
By three months old, your Dachshund’s senses will be fully developed, and your growth rate will begin to slow.
At this stage, Standard Dachshunds will weigh around 13 pounds or 5.9 kilograms, while Miniature Dachshunds will weigh about half of that at 7.1 pounds or 3.2 kilograms.
16-week-old (4-month-old) Dachshund
Your Dachshund puppy will have gained more confidence and independence by the time he is four months old.
He will love exploring the world around him but can be easily distracted. Their appetite will also increase dramatically as they reach a growth spurt around this age.
20-week-old (5-month-old) Standard Dachshund
By five or six months old, your Standard Dachshund will weigh between 22 and 25 pounds (10 and 11 kg).
At this stage, your dog should still be eating three small meals a day at breakfast, lunchtime, and in the evening.
How much should a 5-month-old Mini Dachshund weigh?
In comparison to the standard Dachshund, a Miniature Dachshund that is five months old will weigh only 11.5 or 12.8 pounds (5 and 6 kg).
This is about half the weight of a Standard Dachshund at this stage of his life.
Your Dachshund puppy enters his adolescent phase at around six months old.
Their temperament is becoming more developed here, and they need plenty of exercise, playtime, and companionship.
By the time your Dachshund puppy is one year old, he will have reached his fully grown height and weight, although he may still have some puppy-ish features.
Your dog would have reached emotional maturity at around a year, and their final facial features will develop.
8 Things You Should Know About Your Dachshund’s Growth
Various factors will determine how big your Dachshund will be when it’s fully grown.
While the above growth charts provide a reliable estimation of how big your Doxie puppy will be, various other factors can influence the size of your dog.
The biggest one is your dog’s genetics, with the size of the parent dogs having a big part to play in how large or small your Dachshund will ultimately be.
1. How to measure the height and weight of your Doxie?
It’s pretty easy to measure the weight of your Dachshund. Small Doxie puppies can just be placed on a baby scale or bathroom scale to accurately get their weight.
Most vets have a pet scale and will measure your dog when you go in for checkups.
If you want to weigh your Doxie dog at home and can’t keep your puppy still, a simple solution is to weigh yourself without your dog first and then get on the scale holding your dog.
The difference in weights would be the weight of your puppy.
To measure the height of your Dachshund, measure your dog with a tape measure when he is standing.
You need to measure from the ground to the withers, the uppermost point on his shoulder blades.
How thick is a Dachshund neck?
Having the accurate size of your Dachshund dog’s neck will enable you to buy the proper size harness, collar, and jerseys for your pooch.
A full-grown Standard Doxie’s neck will typically measure between 16 and 20 inches (41 and 51 cm) in circumference.
Just remember when buying gear for your Doxie puppy that he will grow quickly, so it’s best to purchase items that can grow with him and will still fit when he is an adult dog.
2. Health issues that can influence a Dachshund puppy’s growth
Dachshunds are known for their unique appearance in that they have long bodies with very short legs.
Unfortunately, while adorable, this unique body structure does put them at risk of developing specific health problems.
Their low-slung shape makes them predisposed to back issues, while dental disease, obesity, cancer, and heart issues are all commonly associated with the Dachshund breed.
Regular vet checkups throughout your puppy’s life will help you pick up, prevent, and treat any of these health issues.
3. How to identify an overweight Dachshund?
As the Dachshund breed is prone to becoming obese, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your dog’s weight. An overweight dog could be at risk of developing several health problems.
To tell if your dog is overweight, you need to feel his ribs.
A Dachshund with a healthy weight, you should be able to feel the ribs when running your hand over his body, while his waist should be visible when viewed from above.
If this is not the case with your dog, and you’re struggling to see his body’s definition, he could be overweight.
Overweight Dachshunds may also get quickly tired, are slow, have visible fat rolls, and are not eager to play.
How to help overweight Dachshunds lose weight?
To keep your Dachshund at a healthy weight, you need to provide him with quality nutrition as an imbalanced diet can cause him to put on too much weight.
You’ll also want to avoid giving your dog fatty treats and instead opt for healthy vegetables like butternut or carrots.
You also shouldn’t feed your dog table scraps or human food, which could put him at risk of developing diabetes.
Regularly exercising your Dachshund dog will also help him stay in shape.
At the same time, regular play will also help keep your dog mentally stimulated and help avoid any bad habits such as chewing or digging.
You should try to provide your Dachshund with between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise every day.
You should also get your overweight Dachshund checked out by the vet as he could have a health condition preventing him from losing weight.
How to help underweight Dachshunds gain weight?
Dachshunds are active dogs that need nutrition that has been formulated to support their energy levels with reasonable quantities of protein.
While underweight Dachshunds are less likely than overweight dogs of this breed, this can occur.
Underweight Dachshunds can struggle to generate enough body heat to keep themselves warm.
To help your dog gain weight, you should chat to your vet as he may advise a higher-calorie diet or supplements that can help your dog gain weight.
4. Dangers of stunted or accelerated growth for Dachshunds
You need to take care of your Dachshund when he is still young as his bones and joints are very fragile at this time.
Puppies that jump up and down too much or that are not carried properly could be at risk of developing intervertebral disk disease, which is caused by increased stress on your dog’s spine.
5. At what age are Dachshunds fully grown?
Your Dachshund puppy will have reached his full size when he is between six and eight months old.
Even though your sausage dog will be his fully grown weight and height at this age, he may still have puppy features such as a rounder face, soft fur, and a small chest.
By the time your Dachshund is around two years old, he should have lost these puppy features and look like a fully grown adult Doxie dog.
6. How big is a full-size Dachshund?
As mentioned, exactly how big your Dachshund will be when he is fully developed will depend on what type of Dachshund he is and the parent genetics.
The breeder where you buy your puppy should show you the parent dogs and give insight into the grandparents so you can estimate the size your Dachshund will be as an adult.
As discussed, Miniature Dachshunds typically weigh under 11 pounds (5 kg) and stand between 5 and 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) in height.
On the other hand, Standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32 pounds (7 and 15 kg) and are between 8 and 9 inches (20 or 23 cm) tall.
7. What is the best age to spay or neuter a Dachshund?
Dogs can experience growth issues if they are spayed or neutered too young.
This is particularly the case for large breed dogs who can experience joint problems if they are spayed or neutered before six months old.
As Dachshunds are not large breeds, you likely won’t have these same problems.
Spaying or neutering your Dachshund puppy will help calm their temperament and prevent unwanted pregnancy and health issues.
Thus, many vets recommend spaying or neutering your Dachshund at around six months old.
8. How heavy is a newborn Dachshund puppy?
Newborn Dachshund puppies are tiny. Dachshunds do also not give birth to many puppies in one litter.
Typically, Standard Dachshunds will have between four and eight puppies in a litter, while Miniature Dachshunds won’t give birth to more than four dogs at once.
Conclusion: How Big Will My Dachshund Puppy Grow Into?
Now you should know a bit more about the healthy weight of Dachshunds and exactly how big your Dachshund puppy will be as he grows up.
Exactly how large or small your Dachshund will get is primarily determined by his genetics, but diet, physical activity, and of course, what type of Dachshund you have will also play a role.
Exactly how big your Dachshund will be as a fully grown dog will also depend on if you have a Miniature Doxie or a Standard-size Sausage Dog.
Dachshunds grow a lot in their first year, with most Dachshunds reaching their full adult size as early as six or eight months of age.
How big is your Dachshund? We would love to know. Please feel free to tell us all about your dog in the comments below.