The weaknesses of the Dachshund breed is more about its health issues. Because of their distinct skeletal structure, they have the potential to develop genetic and environmental problems that commonly affect the long bodied breeds. This breed is subjected to a lot of hazards especially when they are living in an environment that is unaware of to its special conformation. These dogs love to jump and engage with a lot of high-impact activities, not to mention they love to climbs stairs excessively that results mostly in serious conditions and diseases with their vertebrae.
When the dogs that are inferior by genetics are bred in the same way, they will naturally produce puppies of the same manner. These puppies will also grow and develop the same skeletal diseases that are difficult to heal. Added to that, the overweight puppies are even at higher risk. There are a lot of health conditions in many dog breeds, especially the Dachshunds.
Compared to all dogs combined, Dachshunds are mostly affected with intervertebral disk diseases. This is the topmost concern that dog owners should be aware of, especially if they are considering getting a Dachshund puppy. Due to the long back structure of this breed, the owners should take note to let these dogs avoid activities that put a lot of pressure on their spines and backs. IVD is a disease mostly affecting Dachshunds, affect the lower back but often in the neck, too. This can be treated surgically or medically or both, depending on the level of severity. There are even carts created for dogs in assisting Dachshunds that are affected with severe IVD.
A unique health problem affecting Dachshunds is the acanthosis nigricans. This is identified thick and dark skin are developing around the armpits and groin of the dog. The genetic origin of this disease is not so clear; this led experts to believe that affected dogs must be bred. The use of Vitamin E has seen improvements in this condition, but there is no cure known for it yet.
Obese Dachshunds are mostly affected with Hypothyroidism. This also affects other breeds as well and is simply addressed with supplements since they have insufficient products of the thyroid hormones. The most common type this breed gets is the lymphocytic thyroiditis, and it affects ages 1 to 3 years. Less than half of those affected with this disease have obesity. Thus they experience a lack of energy and recurrent infections. The diagnosis of this disease is sometimes tricky, but the treatment is affordable and direct.