Dachshund Pet Insurance
Dachshunds may be small but they are mighty! All they want is to be loved and in return they will show great loyalty. Irresistibly clever and very curious which may lead them to being stubbornly independent.
Dachshunds are loyal and can have a strong character that makes them somewhat unique. Despite having a small sausage-shaped body, they have bold personalities, which can mean they are often stubborn.
Dachshunds are originally German; their initial purpose was to help hunt badgers. Their long, thin bodies made it easy for them to chase prey through tunnels or thick fields. Also, they have a loud bark, which helps them alert people where their prey is and makes them good guard dogs.
They come in standard or miniature sizes; both Dachshund sizes come with lots of energy and will require regular exercise. Standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 to 32 pounds, while miniatures are usually under 11 pounds.
Common conditions that our Dachshund customers claim for:
|Condition||Average claim payment|
|Intervertebral disc extrusion/ herniation/prolapse||£990.73|
|Hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder||£234.88|
Common Health Problems for Dachshunds
Dachshunds are well known for having a bad back because of their sausage-like body shape; however, you should know about other problems too.
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
Around a quarter of Dachshunds will likely suffer from this condition which can require surgery depending on the severity of disc damage. The intervertebral disc is a degenerative problem, meaning it worsens over time.
It's so common because of their long, stretched-out back, which breeders developed to help them go through tight spaces to hunt. If you notice any signs of walking difficulty, limping or holding the head down then you should take your Dachshund to a vet.
Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
PRA leads to cataracts and can make the eye look cloudy. It's hereditary, and it can severely impact the dog's vision. To help spot early signs, you can look out for large pupils and bad vision at night. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for PRA, but it shouldn't affect your Dachshund's life expectancy.
Health Tips for your Dachshunds
Despite being small, both the standard and miniature-size Dachshunds require lots of exercise and can quickly become bored if alone for a long time. Walking them for around an hour twice a day is recommended if they are adults and in good condition.
Many people find Dachshunds challenging to train as they can be stubborn. You must be strict and consistent when teaching them, as they sometimes think they know best. They naturally like being independent; however, they were bred for hunting badgers so they can be trained well with strong dedication. It's a good idea to start training a Dachshund as a puppy so they get used to it early on.
Dachshunds can quickly get overweight, therefore it's essential to be aware of the amount you're feeding them. As puppies, they only need 3 or 4 small amounts of food daily. The amounts should increase for adults, and it is recommended to feed them twice daily.
Long-haired Dachshunds will require more frequent grooming than shorter-haired ones. Their hair can become matted without regular grooming and may result in discomfort. Regular grooming will help reduce shedding and help prevent harmful bacteria from growing on their skin. Also, be aware that Dachshunds can often get ear infections as they have floppy ears, you should clean their ears only when necessary, as over-cleaning can lead to irritation in the ear canal.
“Dachshunds are a clever and affectionate breed but not without health issues. This unusual sausage-shaped dog often suffers with back problems which can be costly and may require long-term treatment. Only a lifetime insurance policy will help with the costs for as long as necessary. ”
Agria Vet Panel Lead, Veterinary Surgeon for 30 years and former British Veterinary Association President.
Why more and more Dachshund owners are insuring with Agria
With Agria, it's lifetime, every time
At Agria, we believe pet insurance should last your pet’s lifetime. Our policies provide lifelong vet’s fees cover for illnesses and injuries. This means that, provided your policy is renewed each year, your maximum benefit will be refreshed, providing cover for ongoing conditions.
So, whatever happens throughout your Dachshunds life, we’ll always be there for you and your dog!