5-Month-Old Dachshund – Find yours!

By Kim •  Updated: 11/19/21 •  6 min read
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Are you considering adopting a Dachshund puppy? If so, then you may not be sure where to find a Dachshund puppy. So, we’re glad you’re here!

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We’ve put together some information about the best places to find a Dachshund puppy and what to expect from a five-month-old Dachshund puppy! Let’s get started!

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What is a Dachshund?

Most people recognize a Dachshund when they see one. These dogs are famous for having a long body, short legs, and smallish heads. They were originally bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and even wild boar and deer! They have paddle-shaped feet, which make it easier to dig animals out of their den. Dachshunds are also known for being very brave and determined. These traits were needed when hunting.

Dachshunds come in two sizes: miniature and standard. The standard comes in different varieties, including longhair, wirehair, and smooth. They usually weigh between 16 and 32 lbs. On the other hand, miniature Dachshunds weigh between 11 to 16 lbs.

When it comes to their personality, these small dogs are smart, lively, and brave. The breed is known for being determined, which many also say translates into being stubborn. What’s more, these dogs can also be very loving and affectionate with their families.

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As with other dogs, Dachshunds must be trained and socialized from a young age. This ensures the dogs are well-balanced and able to adjust to different people, places, and experiences.

Where to Find a Dachshund Puppy?

The best place to find a Dachshund puppy is to adopt one directly from a reputable breeder. With a reputable breeder, you can count that they comply with breeding and care recommendations. In addition, a good breeder will also be happy to answer your questions and allow you to view the puppy’s parents. Adopting from a breeder also ensures your puppy is free of health issues, such as those caused by genetic mutations.

Breeders will also be able to provide health clearances, which show the parents have been checked for hereditary diseases and do not suffer from these conditions. Puppies will also have their vaccinations, and all require medical care.

When visiting a breeder, never be pressured to take a puppy you don’t want. What’s more, look to see if the facility is clean, the dogs and puppies cared for, there’s no overcrowding, and more. If you find a place that goes against your gut feelings, then simply leave. It’s better to adopt your puppy from the right place.

Another adoption method to consider is finding your puppy at a rescue. It’s usually best to look for rescues that specialize in Dachshunds. Be sure to note if the facility is clean or not. The dogs and puppies should be in spacious areas, with no overcrowding. What’s more, all puppies should have received their vaccinations and any medical care that’s required.

No matter which option you choose, be sure to only adopt a puppy that you truly want. Never take a puppy under pressure.

How Much is a Dachshund Puppy?

The amount needed to adopt a Dachshund puppy depends on whether you adopt him from a breeder or a shelter. Puppies that come from a breeder are usually more expensive than one adopted from a rescue. In addition, puppies in cities tend to be more expensive than puppies in a rural area.

A Dachshund from a breeder may cost between $500 to $1000 or more. On the other hand, puppies that come from a rescue may be between $100 and $300.

What to Expect from a Five-Month-Old Dachshund Puppy?

Dachshund puppies of this age are in their “teenage” phase! Oh boy! Well, don’t get too worried! Yes, puppies of this age will be more difficult to handle, but this is a normal part of the puppy’s growing process.

What’s more, Dachshund puppies become fully grown by around the age of two years. Your puppy will also become more confident between 4-6 months of age. He will show more interest in the world, too. However, they’re not completely independent at this age.

One thing to be aware of is that Dachshunds can easily gain weight and become obese. So, they require plenty of exercise to stay fit and keep the weight off. Your puppy will need about 30 minutes of exercise a day, which can be divided into morning and evening walks. Puppies also enjoy playing and spending time with you, which is essential to create that special bond with your fur baby!

What to Feed a Dachshund Puppy?

A Dachshund puppy needs a high-quality, high-protein puppy food containing at least 22% protein. They also do best with three meals a day, which can be reduced as they approach adulthood.

Puppies do very well on dry kibble, which is easily digestible. It also works to keep the puppy’s teeth and gums healthy. However, be sure to choose a kibble that’s the right size for your Dachshund pup. If the food is too large, he won’t be able to eat. The kibble should be small enough for the puppy to chew and swallow safely.

If you’re not quite sure what to feed your fur baby, then it’s best to check with the breeder or your vet. They will have the best advice on the type and amount of food your puppy needs to stay happy and healthy!

How to Groom a Dachshund

Do Dachshunds need to be groomed? The short answer is yes! Your puppy’s fur will need to be brushed at least once a week. Regular brushing keeps his fur clean and free of snarls.

When it comes to bathing your puppy, he may need a bath about once a month. However, if the puppy becomes dirty and smelly, then it’s time for a bath!

If your puppy has long hair, it’s a good idea to buy dog shampoo formulated for long hair. And remember to buy conditioner, too, to detangle your fur baby’s hair. The conditioner can also help the fur be shinier. 

Summing It Up

There you have it! You can find a Dachshund puppy at a reputable breeder or a shelter. And remember to never be pressured into taking a puppy you don’t want. If this should happen, simply leave and find another breeder or rescue, where you can take your time to choose the right puppy!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.
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