Dachshund Sizes

Dachshunds may have big hearts and big personalities, but their stature? Not so big. Officially, dachshunds come in two sizes:

  • Standard
  • Miniature

The Standard sized dachshund weighs 16-32 pounds, and at 12 months of age, stands 8-11 inches high as measured from the ground to the top of the shoulder. The Miniature dachshund weighs under 11 pounds and stands 5-7 inches tall.

You may have noticed there’s a gap in the weight for dachshunds in the 12 to 15 pound range. Unofficially, dachshunds that fall between the Standard and Miniature sizes are often affectionately called Tweenies, as they fall between the two official sizes.

How to measure a dog’s height.

The correct way to measure a dog’s height is not from the ground to the top of his head as you might think, but rather from the ground to the top of the dog’s withers. The withers is the ridge between the shoulder blades at the base of the neck. The measurement should be taken on a level surface when the dog is standing normally and feet are directly underneath. Good luck getting your ween to stand still should you attempt this at home.

The Dachshund Guide