How Much Should My Dachshund Weigh?

A dachshund is bred and shown in two sizes, standard and miniature (mini). If you are wondering how many pounds your dachshund should weigh, here are some guidelines depending on if yours is a standard or a mini-dachshund.

The healthy weight of a dachshund

Dachshunds are supposed to be long and lean, not long and fat – which is hard on their backs, their joints, and their hearts.

You can weigh your dachshund on any convenient scale and then monitor its weight from time to time. If doxie needs to lose some weight, just feed less – or more importantly stop feeding table scraps and too many treats between meals. Despite the fact that its very hard to resist the sweet eyes of a dachshund, if yours needs to lose weight, don’t give in!

Standard Dachshund Weight, 16 – 32 pounds

A full-grown standard dachshund averages 16 to 32 pounds.

Mini Dachshund Weight, 11 pounds and under

The miniature (mini) dachshund normally weighs less than 12 pounds.
AKC.org states that miniatures are not a separate classification but compete in a class division for “11 pounds and under at 12months of age and older.”

According to kennel club standards, the miniature (mini) dachshund differs from the full-size only by size and weight, and therefore the offspring from miniature parents must never weigh more than the miniature standard to be considered a miniature as well.

What if my doxie is not a standard or a mini?

If your dachsund’s normal weight is between 12 and 15 pounds, you may have a “Tweenie” as they are more commonly known.

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  1. Our Dachshund mix has the traits as discribed on your sight. Our Addy is taller being a mix and is white with brown markings. Her Dad was a Dachshund with her mom being a Teddybear mix. She is holding around 20 pounds in weight and does not look overweight. She looks like a long fox terrier and loves to bark at animals on the TV. She is a jumper and can get out of a 4 foot fence if not modification to prevent her from Getting over it.

    She is almost 3 years old and not completely potty train and we still using training pads in the house. She also likes to back up her back side in our black labs face, never seen a dog do that before her. She loves to sleep on our laps and sleeps in any position and of course under the blankets in bed.

    I am glad I found this sight for the info it has on Dachshunds and explains a lot why Addy’s behavior.

    1. Sampson's Mom says:

      Rick:

      Welcome to the site! We are glad that you are finding the site helpful. Sounds like Addy has found her niche in your home.

  2. So, if you have a “tweenie” what is the ideal weight for him?

    1. I am wondering that too. I have a 9month old minature, at least she came from two minature parents, but her weight is already 13lbs. I feed her half a cup.of puppy nutro with a teaspoon of pate nutro a day. I take her on two good walks each day and yet the scales indicate her weight is going up. The vet said decrease her food. Hmmm, i looked at the calories i am feeding her and they are within the norm. So, i guess I have a tweenie too. Cute, and boy does she chew.

    2. Wendy Morris says:

      My “tweenie” weighs in at 8kg. She is 7yrs old and both parents are miniatures. She has a large chestbone and although her neck looks fat the vet is happy with her weight

  3. How long do Miniature Dachshund’s get? I can’t seem to find an accurate answer.

  4. How much should I feed my 11lb long hair miniature. We walk him 2 miles everyday but gaining weight. Gets fed 2/3c dry Nutro

    1. Wow, 2 miles a day, that’s great.

      As far as food, It sounds like you’re about right. Every dog is different though. Weights will fluctuate a bit.

      Wait until you know for sure that your doxie is definitely heavier than you’d like (check several days in a row at about the same time of day). Then you might reduce the food a bit. But not too much as a shock (in my opinion). Then wait a few weeks and weigh again.

      Just to give you a reference, our Dachshund is technically a ‘tweenie’ and is typically staying right around 14 pounds. He’s 10 years old now.

  5. Helen Harrison says:

    I have a miniature doxie and it’s 16 weeks old and only 6 pounds. He looks very small. Just concerned he’s under weight or a small breed or is that normal for 16 weeks.

    1. That’s probably about normal… they are all a little different.

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