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Dachshund Size Guide: How Big Do Dachshunds Get?

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If this little dog has already stolen your heart, you’ve probably ended up here to do some research before bringing your new family member home. In this Dachshund size guide, you will learn all about the size and growth patterns of Dachshunds. We’ve also created an interactive Dachshund size chart and puppy growth calculator, which helps predict your puppy’s full-grown size!

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Our handy interactive puppy growth chart and calculator takes all the hard work out of predicting your puppy’s potential adult size. This helps you to know exactly what you are in for.

Hot Dog, Sausage Dog, or Wiener Dog. Dachshund sure has many funny names and none of them comes as a surprise. Dachshunds have made themselves a name thanks to their distinctively long bodies compared to their small size. 

As if the cute looks aren’t enough, Dachshund is well-known for a playful personality and loving nature. They make great companions to singles and families. They enjoy spending time with their humans and just as much with children. And with that brave, courageous attitude, your Dachshund pup will gladly take on the world with you.

Dachshund Size By Age Predictions

Although Dachshunds, and all dogs for that matter, go through very similar growth phases, it isn’t the exact same journey for everyone. Firstly, smaller dogs reach their full size a lot sooner than large or giant breed dogs. Secondly, all dogs are unique and experience their growth in a slightly different manner.

On the other hand, we can do some guesswork on how big do Dachshunds get. Most notably, if you’re adopting your Dachshund puppy from a breeder, you can already get a better picture by looking at the parent pups. Genetics play a huge role in predicting a Dachshunds full-grown size. 

Of course, not all puppies in the same litter are exactly the same size, but this will give you a rough idea as to what to expect. Additionally, your Dachshund puppy’s growth rate and size is also affected by their diet, nutrition, and how much they exercise.   

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It’s important we highlight that all puppies should be fed specially designed puppy food to support their growth and development! You can learn more about the topic from this article.

As Dachshunds are prone to obesity, make sure your pup gets the right amount of high quality food to avoid any decline in life quality and life expectancy! 

Are There Different Sizes Of Dachshund?

The American Kennel Club breed standard has categorized two Dachshund sizes – the Miniature Dachshund size and the Standard Dachshund size (sometimes also referred to as Large Dachshund). So how big do Miniature and Standard Dachshunds get? Let’s have a look at the different sizes to compare:

Standard Dachshund Mini Dachshund 
Height8-9 inches5-6 inches
Weight16-32 pounds11 pounds or less

*A dog’s height is measured at the highest part of their shoulder blades, also known as withers. 

As we can see from the Dachshund size chart above, the Standard Dachshund is the larger of the two, and typically stands 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder, and weighs anywhere between 16 to 32 pounds. The Miniature Dachshund, stands at only 5 to 7 inches tall, and weighs 11 pounds or less. Often, Miniature Dachshunds weigh between 8 to 11 pounds. 

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But what about Dachshunds who weigh between 12 to 15 pounds? These little guys are referred to as Tweenie Dachshunds. Although they exist, they do not have an official classification by the AKC. 

Additionally, you might’ve heard about the Teacup Dachshund size a.k.a the Rabbit Dachshund. Although the toy breeds weigh less than 8 pounds, and the AKC has stated that the Miniature Dachshund size is 11 pounds or less, please be aware of breeders who produce unhealthy puppies using unethical methods. For instance, breeding runt puppies to achieve a certain aesthetic.   

Here’s a useful article we wrote on how to choose a responsible breeder.

Moreover, male Dachshunds can sometimes be slightly larger than females. However, the difference is just a few inches and a few pounds. The average Dachshund size is pretty much the same for both males and females. 

Dachshund Size Charts & Growth Patterns

With slight variation, both Miniature and Standard Dachshunds experience the most rapid growth rates until the age of 6 months. After that, their growth will slow down significantly, and plateau by the time they turn 12 months old. 

However, as smaller dogs tend to reach adulthood quicker than larger dogs, you can expect a Standard Dachshund puppy to reach their full-grown size later than a Mini would. Some large size Dachshund pups continue to gain a little more weight after 12 months. On the other hand, smaller Dachshunds might reach their full-grown size at around 9 to 11 months of age. 

Additionally, this is why it’s particularly important that your Dachshund puppy gets the correct nourishment he needs to grow that adorable little body into a healthy adult one. Check out these guides on best dog food for puppies here.

Let’s have a look at the Standard Dachshund size chart by age:

Age3 months6 months9 months12 months
Weight7-14 pounds11-25 pounds14-30 pounds16-32 pounds
Height4-5 inches5-6 inches7-8 inches8-9 inches

If you’ve adopted this cute little pup to your family, try our interactive Standard Dachshund size chart and growth calculator to predict their adult weight!

Here’s a typical Miniature Dachshund size chart by age:

Age3 months6 months9 months12 months
Weight5-6 pounds8-9 pounds10-11 pounds11 pounds
Height3 inches4-5 inches5-6 inches5-6 inches

For Miniature Dachshund pups, try our interactive Miniature Dachshund size chart and growth calculator

You can calculate their potential adult weight at 23 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.

A different formula you could use is:

  1. Growth = current weight / current age in weeks
  2. Adult weight = Growth x 52 (number of weeks in one year)

So, for example, if your 12-week old pup weighs 18 pounds. You simply divide the current weight by their age in weeks and multiply the result with 52:

18/ 12 = 1.5
1.5 x 52= 78 pounds

78 pounds would be the expected weight of your adult-sized Dachshund.

Is A Dachshund A Small Or Medium Dog?

Dachshund is a small sized breed, and can weigh anywhere between 8 to 32 pounds. However, the AKC has classified two sizes of Dachshund – the Miniature Dachshund size and Standard Dachshund size, where the Standard Dachshund is larger than the Mini. 

What Is The Average Size Of A Miniature Dachshund?

The Miniature Dachshund size ranges typically between 8 to 11 pounds, and 5 to 7 inches at the withers. Although the AKC has stated that Miniature Dachshunds can weigh 11 pounds or less, they often stay in the 8 to 11 pound weight range. 

How Big Is A Standard Dachshund?

Standard Dachshunds usually weigh anywhere between 16 to 32 pounds, and stand at around 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder. There’s also the Tweenie Dachshund, which falls right between the Miniature and Standard Dachshund full-grown sizes, weighing around 12 to 15 pounds. 

In conclusion, there is a variety of reasons to think about before adopting either a Miniature or Standard Dachshund. We hope we managed to answer all of your questions about the size and growth patterns of both of these pups, and hopefully you learned something new from this article!