The average-sized dachshund is between 11 and 32 pounds and 8 to 9 inches tall. There is also a miniature version of this breed. The average miniature dachshund weighs from 1 to 11 pounds and measures 5 to 6 inches tall.
The dachshund is known for its long, low-slung body, which has earned it the nickname “weiner dog.” Historically, the dachshund has also been referred to as a badger dog or little burrow dog, because its unique body shape allows it to move easily within a tunnel or den. A natural hunting instinct, keen sense of smell and bold demeanor also make the dachshund a good underground hunter.
In modern times, the dachshund is a popular household pet. Regular exercise, such as daily walks, is required to keep a dachshund at a healthy weight, as is good nutrition.
The American Kennel Club recognizes a miniature Dachshund breed as well. These dogs only grow to stand between 5 and 7 inches tall and weigh around 11 pounds by the time they are 12 months old.
This breed of dog has a higher risk of becoming overweight, which can lead to spinal disc problems. Like any dog breed, it is important to exercise Dachshunds regularly. They require regular walks or playtime in an area that allows them to run.