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Diet for Dachshunds

| Updated September 26, 2017

Since dachshunds are generally extremely eager eaters, it's important to make sure you always feed yours a portion-controlled diet. Otherwise, he could become overweight or obese and develop a number of associated health troubles.

Nutritious Foods For Dachshunds

Feed your dachshund high-quality meals. These dogs flourish when they consume calcium-packed foods and those rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Veterinarians frequently suggest dry kibble for dachshunds. Kibble doesn't have as much sugar or fat as semi-moist and canned meals do. It often surpasses semi-moist foods in provided nutrients, as well.

Feed Your Dachshund Appropriate Portions

Avoid overfeeding your dachshund. Restrict treats and make sure he receives sufficient low-impact exercise. The goal is to help him maintain a proper weight via controlled portions. When you purchase dog food, read the recommend portions indicated on the packaging. Divide the amount by how often you intend to feed him, whether once or twice daily. Note that the stated portions are just guidelines. Your veterinarian can determine a daily amount of food that's suitable for your pet. Remember, dogs' caloric requirements differ with factors such as overall health, metabolism, age, temperament and activity level.

Avoid Free-Feeding

If you free-feed your pet, you enable him to eat as much as he wants out of a bowl that's constantly full of food. If you want to keep your dachshund at an optimal and healthy weight, free-feeding generally isn't a good idea. Portion feeding, on the other hand, can work well. Commercial dog food labels provide daily portion recommendations that are centered around calories for single cups of food. Keep your pet at a healthy weight by measuring the food you feed him using a measuring cup. Give him his meals at the same exact times each day. Take away anything he doesn't consume after 20 or 25 minutes.

Dachshund Weight and Health

Like a good number of dog breeds with small frames, dachshunds are vulnerable to obesity. Obesity often leads to diabetes. Avoid feeding your dachshund foods that are intended for people, as they can increase weight gain.

Dachshunds' signature lengthy bodies are also susceptible to severe back and spinal troubles, particularly as they get older. When they carry extra weight on their bodies, their odds of back issues become much higher. Additional weight increases pressure on their joints and hearts, too. Spinal problems in dachshunds also can restrict how much physical activity they receive. If you notice spinal problems emerging in your pet as he ages, consult your veterinarian for information on how to adjust his meal portions.

Feeding Dachshunds Occasional Treats

Occasional treats are OK for dachshunds. Just make sure the "extras" you feed your pet never exceed 10 percent of his food consumption. Be mindful of treat portions. When you give your dachshund a dog biscuit, cut it in half. Consider replacing biscuits with baby carrots when you can, too. Baby carrots make excellent treats for dachshunds. They crunch like biscuits but lack the preservatives and starch. Other good treat options for dachshunds include broccoli florets, green beans and small pieces of kale or romaine lettuce.


  • If you have any questions about what to feed your pet, ask your veterinarian. She can help you select a nutritious food that's the ideal blend of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein and fat.