How Much Does a Dachshund Cost?
A dachshund is a long bodied dog that has shorter legs, belonging to the hound family. Originally bred to scent and chase, the Dachshund has become a very common animal in the United States. Many professional dog breeders choose to breed Dachshunds as they see a great return on their investment. The average Dachshund litter is anywhere from three to as many as eight plus puppies.
How much is it?
- Your typical Dachshund puppy that is AKC or CKC registered, and the owner can provide proof of the papers, will charge anywhere from $300 to as much as $750. A male Dachshund may be around the $250 to $500+ range. The cost will depend on the type, quality, age, breeder and your geographical location.
- If the parents aren’t registered and the breeders don’t have certified papers, the puppy can range anywhere from $50 to $200.
- Older dachshunds that are over the age of two to five can commonly be found at local shelters. Some shelters rely on donations, while others can be adopted for less than $100.
- A breeder, such as Aiello’s Long Haired Dachshunds, located in Upper Michigan, has puppies available for $400 to $500. A discount can be provided if you plan to spay or neuter the dogs.
What is going to be included?
- If the dog is AKC certified, the owner should be able to provide you with the papers. You will want to keep these papers for future reference in case you decide to breed the dogs yourself.
- Most reputable sellers will include all its first shots and medical records.
- Some sellers will include pet insurance and a money-back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with your purchase. All breeders will have their own inclusions and policies, so make sure you know about these before committing to the purchase.
- There are three different dachshund sizes: the miniature, standard and toy. The miniature will measure 11 to 13 inches and can weigh up to 11 pounds. The standard breed can measure up to 14 inches and can weigh up to 26 pounds. Lastly, a toy breed can measure up to 11 inches and will weigh up to eight pounds.
What are the extra costs?
- Purchasing a dog online may incur shipping charges. Shipping charges on an animal via FedEx, etc will be around $200 – $350 depending on the size of the dog in general.
- Most sellers will ask for a deposit up front. This deposit will be included in the final price tag once the purchase is finalized.
- If the dog doesn’t come equipped with its shots or a medical checkup, a vet visit will be necessary to ensure that the dog is up to par with its health. A typical vet checkup will range anywhere from $50 to $150.
- Standard start up items such as a water bowl, kennel, leash, dog food, toys and more will be required.
Tips to know:
- A dachshund generally doesn’t shed much compared to other breeds. Colors, such as black and tan, tend to shed more than any other color.
- These breeds commonly have a problem with being overweight.
- A dachshund is a very hard dog to house train. Consider investing into something such as a doggie door. Long-haired Dachshunds are known to be easier to train than a smooth- or wire-haired.
- If adopting a dog from a breeder, be sure to get all the necessary paperwork to ensure that it’s registered and has had the proper shots.
- This breed can tire easily while exercising, so it’s best to spread out its exercise for the day.
- As for the dachshund temperament, it is known to be reserved; however, if it’s around a stranger, it may bark if it feels uncomfortable. Known to also be bold and outgoing, this breed can misinterpret its size, commonly going against dogs three to four times its size. This breed can be very outgoing and loyal to its family, making a nice companion.
- As for its lifespan, this breed can live 12 to 15 years if taken care of properly.
- Smooth and long-haired dachshund puppies should be brushed weekly to remove tangles. Wirehaired dachshunds should be plucked twice a year.
- Dachshund colors may include black, tan, brown, reddish-brown and black-tan. The coat can either be long, smooth or wire.
- This breed is known as the top 10 most popular breed in the United States.
How can I save money?
- Be sure to compare puppy prices via a few sites online. Try out websites such as Craigslist, PetFinder.com, etc.
- Try to purchase your Dachshund puppy locally so you don’t have to pay shipping fees.
- If you don’t mind adopting an older dog, find animal shelters that specifically deal with this breed or check the county animal shelter. For instance, the Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue, located in Arizona, offers these dogs for adoption.