Are you a Dachshund owner who recently adopted a Dachshund puppy? We’re sure you know the expression “They grow up way to fast!” if you have children or know someone who has.
While that may feel true, it is not the truth when it comes to adorable Dachshunds.
Dachshunds as newborns are small and delicate. In a flash, your cute little Dachshund will be an adult.
It’s important to be familiar with all the changes that can occur when that time comes. This will not only ensure that you are being the best dog parent you can be but also to help your Dachshund grow from a puppy to an adult.
How can you tell if a Dachshund is mature? This is the place to be if you are currently trying to answer this question.
This post will take a closer look into some signs your Dachshund is fully mature. Just keep reading if you are ready!
When Does A Dachshund Reach Full Maturity? Quick Facts
You don’t need to read the entire article. We will be giving you a brief summary of some key signs that your Dachshund is reaching adult maturity.
Increased size: This is a sign that your dog has reached adulthood. An adult Dachshund will usually reach standard size and weigh around 16 to 32 lbs. You will notice a subtle difference in their diet. Doxie dogs will eat less or have different tastes when they reach full maturity. Doxie dogs have a fluffy coat that will change as they age. Temperament changes: Dogs can be energetic when they are young or inexperienced. As they grow older, their temperament changes. Doxies will grow quickly during the puppy and adolescent years. They will stop growing once they are adults.
These are not the only signs that a dog is fully mature.
We strongly recommend that you consult a Veterinarian if you are uncertain if your Doxie is fully grown or if they are not developing as they should.
We have already covered the signs that a Dachshund is becoming an adult dog. Now we will be looking at how a Dachshund pup grows into an adult.
This will allow you to better understand your dog’s growth and help you support them as they grow from puppy to adolescent to adulthood.
Dachshunds learn full coordination skills in their first 12 months
We’re certain that you have a Doxie dog.
You may have noticed your Dachshund slipping and sliding during playtime, or stumbling over their paws while working at the dog park, Dachshunds are known for being one the most clumsy dog breeds, particularly during the puppy and adolescent stages.
It is important to remember that Doxies can often develop complete coordination within their first 12 month of life.
You will notice an increase in awareness and control over your Dachshund’s body at this age (1 year).
You will also notice a Dachshund that is more aware and alert of its surroundings. They also appear to be more coordinated, with a natural, balanced gait, regardless of whether they are running, walking, or playing.
Doxies take around 12 months for their coordination to be fully developed. It’s best to wait until they are 1 year old before trying to teach them any complex tricks or commands.
Because your Doxie may not be able to fully develop its coordination skills, they might have difficulty understanding what you’re trying to teach.
Dachshunds often experience temperament changes during the transition into adulthood.
Although we’ve only briefly mentioned this point, we feel it is still important to mention.
All dogs experience changes in temperament and behavior as they grow up, but Dachshunds are more likely to experience these changes than other breeds.
What will happen to your Doxie when it grows bigger and begins the transition into adulthood.
As your Dachshund dog grows, you will begin to notice behavioral changes in your Dachshund.
As we mentioned, puppies of all breeds are often full of energy from their early years as puppies and teens.
You will find that adult dogs are more relaxed and calm once they reach adulthood.
Dachshund dogs are a good example of this.
This is normal and to be expected. Doxie dogs are well-known for their strong wills, determination, and desire to be the best.
It is important to gently discipline your dog during this period when your Doxie becomes an adult and begins to exhibit these behaviors.
Importantly, you should also note that biting may also be an issue that your Doxie might have once it has fully matured.
It is important to keep in mind that dogs naturally exhibit these behaviors. You will need to be prepared to deal with them if they become an issue.
Particularly due to Doxie dogs’ strong and independent wills, aggression is more likely when they are dealing with strangers.
Additionally, adult Dachshunds are known for having a lot more energy than their children. This means that they may display negative behaviors when bored or not getting enough stimulation.
You will want to ensure that your adult Doxie has lots of socialization with strangers and familiar people, as well as plenty of play and exercise.
Dachshunds will typically reach sexual maturity in the first year.
It is important to remember that once your Dachshund reaches physical maturity, they will often reach sexual maturity.
Dachshunds reach secual maturity more often than not around the 12 months mark. However, there are many factors that can influence this so it might take longer or shorter than that.
It is common for Dashunds to reach sexual maturity at one year, despite the fact that there are many breeds of dogs that experience this.
This is why if your Dachshund is a male, you may notice behavioral changes. If you have a female Dachshund you might notice that she has her period.
As we have already said, this is normal for Dachshunds around the age of one. It will usually coincide with their full adult maturity.
If your dog is sexually mature, this means that it is now an adult.
Dult Dachshunds will typically grow to be standard-sized, but some can be miniature.
If you already have a Daschund puppy, we are sure you already know which type of doxie it is.
This is important to note, especially when it comes to adulthood. Daschunds often come in two sizes.
It doesn’t matter if you already have a dachshund or are considering getting one. This will allow you to identify the age of your dog’s adulthood.
As we mentioned above, most dahunds come in standard sizes, usually around 16 to 32 lbs.
There is however a slight variation to this breed standard. This is why some Dachshunds will grow to be tiny even after they reach adulthood.
You can help your dog to recognize signs of adult maturity by familiarizing yourself with the breed of dachshund that you own or are considering buying.
Knowing the breed of Dachshund you have will help you be the best dog owner possible.
Side note: If you aren’t sure which type of dashun you have, be sure to look over the beeding papers given to you by your breeder.
How to Care for Your Adult Dachshund
We’ve now covered the most important signs that your dog is becoming an adult, and also taken a closer look into the unique way Dachshunds go through the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Now we will be looking at how you can care for your adult Dachshund.
You should ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise
This one is obvious, but we think it’s important to remember.
Dachshunds, as you probably know, are one of the most energetic dog breeds in the world. Their energy can be transferred from adolescence into adulthood with them.
It is vital that all dogs get the appropriate exercise. Otherwise, you will likely find your dog showing signs of anxiety, boredom, aggression, and other symptoms.
It is important to keep in mind that Dahunds can bite due to their energy and strong will.
To avoid these negative behaviors, it is important to have enough time each day to exercise, run, and get energy.
As Required, djust Diet
As we mentioned above, one of Dachshund’s biggest changes as an adult is the change in what they eat and how they eat it.
Your Dahund will become an adult once they have grown up. Their diet will change because they have experienced significant growth since they were puppies.
Although it’s usually easy to change your doxie’s diet yourself, it is possible to get help from your veterinarian if you have any questions about what type of food your dog should be eating.
Regularly Visit the Vet
As with any other breed of dog, your dog may develop health problems throughout their adult lives.
Dahunds have a higher risk of developing health problems in adulthood, including heart disease, intervertebral disk disease, progressive retinal atrophy, and dry eye.
While it may not be necessary to take your dog to the vet every week, it is important to ensure that your dog has at least two annual visits.
Regular annual vet visits are a great way to ensure your dog is healthy and happy.
Offer lots of socialization
After your Dachshund is grown, you will want to ensure that they get plenty of exercise and socialization every day.
We have briefly mentioned it in a previous point. Doxies are known for being energetic and strong-willed.
It’s important to socialize your dog every week to ensure that their energy is channeled in a healthy manner.
You can help your dog have fun and exercise, as well as ensuring they get enough exercise each month. This will reduce the likelihood of aggressive behavior (such as biting).
Keep your oral health in good shape
As we briefly mentioned above, if your dog has lost all their baby teeth, it is a sure sign they are now adults.
You will need to ensure that your doxie’s oral health is maintained as soon as they have reached adulthood.
It’s impossible to give your dog toothpaste and a toothbrush to make their teeth whiter than they already have.
There are many simple ways you can help your dog maintain their teeth health.
Dental chews, toys and other dental food are the best ways to ensure your Dachshund’s healthy teeth.
Provide A Safe Environment For Your Dog
This is another great way to care for your doxie after they reach adulthood.
Doxies can be anxious and need to be kept safe.
It is important that your dog have a safe place to go to when they are old enough to be responsible for their well-being.
Spend quality time every day
Last, but not least, make sure you spend quality time with your Dachshund as they grow up.
You can go for a walk in the park together, or snuggle up on the couch together and watch your favorite TV shows after a long day of work.
Dachshunds, as we’ve already said in previous points are the most loyal and affectionate dogs of all. They will require lots of love and attention to be happy and healthy.
It is important to ensure that your dog has plenty of socialization with other family members.
This will ensure your doxie doesn’t get bored or frustrated during the day.
The bottom line
We have it! This article is now complete.
We hope that now that you have read all the information, you will feel more confident in your ability to determine if your Dachshund is fully mature.
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