Dachshunds love to eat! As the owner of a Doxie, it is your job to make sure that you dogs eats a nutritional balanced and good quality diet.
Every dachshund is unique!
It is essential that you assess your dog’s nutritional requirements and develop a diet plan accordingly.
Puppies and Mothers
Puppies should be fed three or four times per day. Young dogs are growing and need more nutrients than adult dogs. Feeding a puppy less than three times a day can induce hypoglycemia (low glucose levels), which is a severe health condition particularly in the case of small dog breeds.
Puppy food is recommended for lactating dachshunds too, because lactation is a very demanding life stage and this type of food contains a greater percentage of nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies in lactating dogs can cause hypoglycemia, eclampsia, and other health problems.
My advice: If you are not sure about the amount of food you should feed your puppy, ask your veterinarian for a feeding advisement.
There are two central features to consider when developing a feeding schedule for your dachshund:
The quantity of calories and other nutrients required by dachshunds is calculated according to the dog’s activity level and energy requirements. For example, a competition dog will require more calories than a dog with a more sedentary life.
Older dogs need fewer protein percentages and less calories in their diets because they are more peaceful and calm dogs. Their metabolism is also slower and can have some difficulty digesting some foods.
You should also keep in your mind that some dachshunds do just fine on a free feed diet but if your dog eats too much, it is advisable to quantify the amount of daily food you offer him.
My advice: The daily amount of food can divided into smaller portions and fed during the day. Thus your dog will feel full and satisfied, while you prevent him from gaining extra weight.
Dental Health & Nutrition
Dental health can be modulated by the nature of food that you offer your dachshund. Dry dog food is known as the best choice, as chewing aids decrease the quantity of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth is always recommended. You should use a dental paste especially formulated for dogs since fluorine is toxic for dogs.
Dachshunds are predisposed to obesity. An unbalanced nutrition and absence of exercise can contribute to the risk of your dog becoming obese. Obesity causes a succession of health conditions such as: diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, respiratory difficulty, and heart disease.
As you know, Dachshunds have small legs and extensive bodies, which can put stress on the legs, backs, and hips. Back and leg health conditions are even more common in obese dogs because of the extra weight their body has to stand. A healthy diet will help you to keep your Dachshund lean.
Commercial dog treats can be useful in the teaching process of your dachshund. However, these treats add calories to the daily amount of calories contained in your dog’s food. So when you are calculating how much your dog should be eating each day you should take in account the number of treats you offer him. Raw fruits and vegetables are a healthier and inexpensive substitute to commercial treats.
Dachshunds are small breed dogs with big temperaments. They love attention and they have a lot of energy. To support their needs, the diet of this breed should be rich in lean animal protein.
You should not forget WATER! It is a vital nutrient. Clean and fresh water should always be available for your dachshund.
You can use the Dog Food Selector to find the right food for your canine best friend.