How Much to Feed a Dachshund Puppy: A Comprehensive Guide

By Zain Liaquat 2 Min Read
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Feeding your Dachshund puppy correctly is crucial for their growth, health, and overall well-being.

This article explores the right feeding amounts, schedules, and essential tips to keep your little wiener dog happy and healthy.

Factors to Consider

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  1. Age and Stage of Life:
    • Between 2 and 5 months: feed your puppy 3 to 4 times daily.
    • Between 6 and 8 months: Reduce feeding to 2 to 3 times a day.
  2. Caloric Needs:
    • Calculate your Dachshund’s daily caloric requirement based on their weight. Use the formula:

RER = 70 \times (\text{weight in kg})^{3/4}

For example, if your Dachshund weighs 10 kg, their RER is 400 calories per day. Growing puppies need twice their RER.

Feeding Guidelines

  1. 2-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy:
    • Fully reliant on mother’s milk.
    • Weaning may start around 3 weeks.
  2. 4-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy:
    • Ready to be weaned.
    • Offer soft kibble soaked in puppy formula or water.
    • Feed half a cup of soft kibble three times a day.
  3. 6-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy:
    • Can eat solid foods.
    • Feed 3 to 4 times a day (totaling half a cup of kibble).
  4. 8-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy:
    • Approximately 6–12 ounces (½–2 cups) of food per day, spread across four meals.
    • Adjust based on individual needs (size, activity level, and metabolism).


Remember, every Dachshund is unique. Monitor their weight, adjust portions accordingly, and consult your veterinarian for personalized advice. Happy feeding!

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