Dachshunds will eat absolutely anything. Whatever and however much you decide to put in front of them, they will put forth their best effort to eat every last bite. So, it goes without saying that the dachshund is not a breed that can be relied upon to regulate their own diet.
Weight problems in dachshunds
The dachshund’s susceptibility for back problems later in life makes food monitoring especially important. Without the proper care and attention, it’s easy for a dachshund to become overweight. In addition to spine and back issues, overweight dachshunds experience energy loss and have a very difficult time getting around.
50% Protein, 50% Veggies
Many pet nutritionists note that, as adults, dachshunds require less fat and protein than the average dog. A 50/50 split between meat and veggies is ideal, and high amounts of grain should be avoided.
Serve 1-2 Cups
When it comes to the amount of food to serve, it depends on what food you buy, as well as the type and size of your dachshund. Generally, somewhere between 1 and 2 cups will suffice. It’s important to keep a constant eye on the weight of your dog, and scale back servings when they start packing on pounds. Additionally, if you’re dachshund doesn’t eat what you serve, remember to take the food away to prevent bad habits from forming.
Opt for dry food
When deciding between dry and wet food, remember that dry food tends to be easier on the dachshund’s digestive system. Dry food also has the added bonus of reducing plaque and tarter on your dog’s teeth.
Check the label
Be sure to read the labels of food you’re considering buying. There are warning signs, such as bags labeled, “This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.” Just because your dachshund seems to enjoy it doesn’t mean it’s good for their health to be eaten on a regular basis.
At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, dogs are fed with Eukaneba Dachshund. Specially formulated for the breed, this food contains glucosamine and chondroitin to strengthen their back and joints. However, there are definitely other quality brands out there. Just try to avoid brands that are high in fat and sodium, or contain high amounts of preservatives, artificial flavors, or animal byproducts.