The Dachshund body shape makes them more prone to bulking up. It doesn’t help that they are expert beggars and get carried around a lot because they are small. But being overweight is really bad for your Doxie’s long back, hips and short legs. The strain can cause all kinds of health issues and even shorten their lifespan. Because of this, it’s important to recognize when yours has packed on a few extra pounds. The following are 3 signs your Dachshund is overweight. If your Doxie appears overweight, have a vet check him out to make sure it’s not medical related. If it’s not, it’s time to start a diet and exercise regimen.
#1 – Can’t Feel Ribs
You should be able to feel your Doxie’s ribs when you run your hand over their middle. Dachshunds by nature always seem to have a bit of extra skin, so those ribs will most likely not be visible, but you should definitely be able to feel them.
#2 – Trouble Getting Around
An overweight Dachshund is going to have a very hard time getting around. Even short hop-ups will be almost impossible. You may notice your Doxie laying down a lot more, because it’s hard work to carry around extra pounds on those short legs.
#3 – No Definition
While we call them hot dogs and sausages, your Doxie should have more definition than the meat products they are nicknamed after. Their rib cage should stick out a bit from the rest of their body and then slim down slightly to a waist where their hips are. While this may not be as prominent in Doxies as it is in some other breeds, they definitely should have some definition. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking your Doxie’s body definition.