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Lifespan, common health issues and insurance

Dachshunds, often called Daxies or Sausage Dogs, might be small in stature but they are mighty in personality, with a barrel chest that means they have an engine that bestows their short legs - not to mention a bark that will make anyone take a jump backwards.

The average lifespan for the breed is 12-16 years, and whether short, long or wired hired, miniature or regular size, Dachshunds make extremely loyal companions from day one with an unwavering devotion to their owners. However, they can be prone to a number of health issues, which can shorten their life if they are not treated quickly and effectively.

Sometimes, these conditions can develop at an unfortunately early stage, making them expensive to treat over the long term. Therefore, it’s always worth weighing up which Dachshund insurance policies offer the most comprehensive cover, so you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to finance emergency treatment.

Insurance for Dachshund puppies from just 4 weeks old with no upper age limit for adult and senior dogs

Common Dachshund health issues

As dog lovers with over 20 years of pet insurance experience, we have a deep knowledge of the conditions typically associated with Dachshunds. Our quoting system has been programmed to account for common breed-specific ailments, which allows us to tailor insurance specific to your dog’s needs.

The most common health issues Dachshunds are prone to are:

Intervertebral disc disease

Their stocky stature means that Dachshunds often suffer with back issues and are at risk of IVDD. IVDD causes the vertebrae and disks to become brittle and either bulge or burst into the spinal space. This is painful for the dog as the discs press on the nerves, which, if left untreated, can lead to paralysis.


Obesity dramatically increases a dog’s risk of serious health conditions including heart and liver disease, joint inflammation and arthritis. Research suggests Dachshunds are more likely to become obese than other breeds, which, given their short legs, can cause issues with mobility.

Dental issues

Dental disease is common in all pets, but Dachshunds are more likely than other dogs to have problems with their teeth. To prevent a tartar build-up, a regular teeth-cleaning regime is advised, reducing the likelihood of a serious dental issue which could result in teeth needing to be removed. If bacteria is left to gather in the mouth of a pet with dental disease, it can spread into the bloodstream, causing issues with their heart, kidneys and other organs.

Cushing’s disease

A condition caused when the adrenal glands produce too much of a steroid hormone called cortisone, Cushing’s disease leads to all kinds of urination issues which can cause a dog great discomfort. It is a manageable condition, however, either through medication or by having the adrenal glands surgically removed.

Health Issues in Pet

Why buy Dachshund pet insurance?

Just like their owners, Dachshunds can get sick or injured – especially when they’re very young or entering their later years. When the worst happens, the last thing you want to worry about is how you’re going to pay for a big vet bill. That’s where pet insurance comes in. With the right policy in place, you can rest assured that your lovable Daxie will get the care they deserve, at the earliest opportunity.

Get cover up to £4,000 per condition with NO LIMIT on the number of conditions you can claim for. T&Cs apply.

Depending on the policy, our Dachshund pet insurance plans can also protect against several other eventualities such as:
Death from accidental injury and illness

Processing the death of a much-loved pet is never easy – it’s even tougher when they’ve died from an accidental injury or illness. Our Elite, Elite Extra, Vital, Vital Extra, Essential and Essential Extra policies will pay a contribution towards the original purchase price or donation price up to your policy’s limit, if your Dachshund is under 8 years old and dies or is put to sleep by your vet as a result of an illness or accidental injury.

Overseas holiday cover

As a big part of your family, you may want to take your Dachshund overseas on holiday. However, you’ll need to make sure they are insured in the event of requiring emergency vet treatment because of an accidental injury or illness when away. Overseas holiday cover is available with all our policies except Accident Only, and applies to qualified countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) listed by the UK Government’s Pet Travel Scheme (“PETS”).

Holiday cancellation

Injury or illness often occurs when we least expect it. If your Dachshund requires emergency life-saving treatment within seven days of your holiday departure date, the right cover can ensure you don’t lose all your money should you have to cancel your trip. All but our Accident Only policies provide holiday cancellation cover for the named policyholder for trips of three or more nights booked outside of the UK.

Theft and straying

The thought of your Dachshund going astray is one that no pet owner wants to have to consider. You can insure against the unthinkable happening – we will pay expenses for local advertising and rewards for your Dachshund’s return up to your policy’s limit. Should your dog still be missing after 45 days (during the period of insurance), we will pay a contribution to the original price you paid for your dog, providing they are under 8 years old at the time of disappearance.

Did you know?

As many as one in four Dachshunds have back problems at some point in their lives.

Source: https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/insurance

We can pay
your vet direct

We can pay your vet directly, giving you one less thing to worry about during what can be an anxious time. If your vet accepts direct payment, we can deposit funds straight into their account, saving you the worry of having to find money to pay large vet bills.

Subject to claim approval

Choosing the best pet insurance for Dachshunds

When buying pet insurance, it’s important to weigh up the benefits and cover limits provided to ensure you get the best coverage possible for you and your dog.

We offer a range of insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. Explore our policies and their suitability for your Dachshund by clicking on the links below:

Insurance Plan

Lifetime Cover

You can claim year after year for each illness or accident your pet develops, providing you renew annually with no break in cover.

Insurance Plan

Max Benefit

Protect your pet against injuries and illness up to a pre-set limit with no time restriction, providing the policy is active.

Insurance Plan

Time Limited

Cover your pet for injuries and illness for a limited period up to 365 days.

Insurance Plan

Accident Only

Insure your pet against injuries and complications arising from accidents only.

Save with multi-pet cover

Got more than one pet? Insure your other dogs and cats at the same time as your Dachshund to receive a 15% discount.

*Policies must be purchased direct and at the same time. Public Liability and Accident Only policies are excluded from the multi-pet discount offer.

Dachshund insurance FAQs

How much does Dachshund insurance cost?

The cost to insure a Dachshund is based on several different factors including age, breed associated medical conditions and the cost of vet fees in the area you live. Your premiums will also depend on the level of cover you choose.

How much cover does my Dachshund need?

This is very much a personal choice, but you should be careful not to leave yourself in a difficult position. So, when making your mind up on which cover your Dachshund needs, bear in mind things like the cost to treat associated ailments, benefit limits and the duration of cover. The last thing you want is to find yourself having to consider your finances should your dog require some essential treatment for an unforeseen condition.

What policy type will cover my Dachshund for on-going medical conditions?

Our Reinstatement policies Elite and Elite Extra, also known as Lifetime cover, provide cover for conditions that develop whilst the policy is active. When you renew, these medical conditions will be carried forward and we will continue to cover them up to the policy’s limit.

What policy exclusions should I be aware of?

As with all insurance products, there will be inclusions and exclusions depending on what policy you choose. Which is why it’s important to take some time to read up on what is and isn’t included with your chosen plan; you don’t want to find out you’re not covered for something important just when it matters most. Here are some common exclusions that apply across our pet insurance policies:
● Pre-existing medical conditions and symptoms that existed before a policy is purchased
● Illnesses that occur within 14 days of a policy being taken out
● Accidents that occur with 5 days of a policy being taken out
● Dental or oral treatment (unless a result of an accident)
● Routine treatment such as vaccinations, castration, flea and worming and any treatment because of these not being carried out
● Any complications or treatment relating to pregnancy

What happens if I need to make a claim?

Simply download a claim form from our ‘Make a Claim’ page. Complete and send back to us either by email or post. An excess of £90 per condition per policy year applies to all sections of the policy, except for Public Liability where the excess is £250. This will be stated on your Policy Schedule. The excess amount will be deducted when making a claim as will a co-payment of 15% towards vet bills should your dog be 8 years or older.

Tips for keeping your Dachshund healthy

Although you’ll probably expect your fair share of injuries and illnesses to deal with as a pet owner, the key to ensuring your Dachshund is largely problem-free is helping them maintain a healthy weight.



Dachshunds have plenty of energy that they need to burn off over the course of the day. *At least 60-minutes (30 minutes for the miniature variety) will be necessary to keep your pet’s weight and mind healthy. However, you will need to keep a close eye on your dachshund, as they like to get into mischief as they indulge their natural hound instincts.

*Source: https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/puppies-dogs/medium-dogs/dachshund



How much food you give your pet will depend on whether you have a standard-size or miniature Dachshund. Look for a breed-specific pet food which should display roughly how much to give your dog depending on their weight. But, if you’re unsure, consult your vet.