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How Much Do Dachshunds Cost? – 4 Reasons For High Prices + Hidden Costs

What's the average price of a Dachshund dog?
Written by Richard Jeng

If you’re all set on bringing home a Dachshund, the next step is to research. Though Dachshunds are friendly and inquisitive little dogs, they come with a hefty price tag. So how much do Dachshunds cost?

The average price of Dachshunds on the AKC marketplace (reputable breeder) is $1,500 USD. However, the price of all Dachshunds range between $400 and $1,100. You can adopt one for $100 to $300 on sites like Adoptapet.com – even less at a local shelter.

Like with most all dogs, the price of Dachshunds can vary quite a bit. But what causes some dogs to be priced much higher than others, despite the same breed? Let’s explore.

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Why Some Dachshunds Cost More

With short legs and a long body, the Dachshunds must have been bred for a purpose.

As you may already know, the prices of a Dachshunds can range quite a bit. But why do some Doxies cost so much more than others? 

There are a number of reasons why you can find a Dachshund for $400, but go somewhere else and pay $1500 for one. Even excluding the adoption dogs, this is the case.

Here are the 4 factor you should be considering at when looking to buy a Dachshund.

1. Location

You can probably assume that dogs of the same breed are different prices in different countries. But if you’re in America, Dachshund prices can vary by state, and even by cities within the same state.

For this reason, it’s always best to shop around, even with breeders not in your city. If you have the time, you can save yourself a few hundred dollars by taking a little road trip to get your Dachshund.

Think supply and demand. For example, Corgis are highly popular in Oregon. It’s likely that there are plenty of Frenchie breeders in Oregon.

With more competition, breeders are pressured into selling at a more competitive price.

On the other hand, even if Corgis are popular in California, they may not be the cheapest option. Since California has generally much higher disposable income than say, Mississippi, Corgis in the former state will likely cost more.

It’s quite complicated and the only way to see for sure is to call all the Dachshund breeders in areas that you’re comfortable and willing to drive to.

2. Breeder Reputation

Reputation of breeders mean a lot in the dog breeding world. There are a ton of great advantages when going with a reputable Dachshund breeder.

For example, reputable breeders are more likely to breed for good health, rather than rarer colors or physical characteristics that may be more valuable.

Unfortunately, not all Dachshund breeders are equal. Some will be more knowledgeable, and others less. There are casual breeders, and then there are true professionals. Of course, you want the latter. 

How to Find Reputable Dachshund Breeders

If you’re willing to pay the premium, then finding a reputable breeder for Doxies is easy. With a simple search, you’ll find a ton of great reputable breeders nearby.

For example, the American Kennel Club has a Breeder of Merit Program. In this exclusive program, they honor responsible and ethical breeders who go above and beyond.

They actually do screenings and interviews with the breeders to see if they qualify. Use their search tool and you’ll be able to find a ton of reputable Dachshund breeders on their list.

Interview the Breeder

The most reputable Dachshund breeders will be super knowledgeable in Dachshund care. Make sure to come up with a list of questions to ask!

If they’re hesitant or don’t know answers to some obvious questions, then they may not be as “reputable” as they or others may claim. 

Good Dachshund breeders always know a great deal of information on the dog that they breed. 

3. Dachshund Coat, Colors & Gender

Believe it or not, color and coat of a Dachshund will influence price. This is a little bit in the gray area. Most people think that reputable breeders don’t charge premiums based on physical characteristics.

Unfortunately, almost all breeders do. This is supply and demand. The Dachshund colors that are more popular or more rare can command a nice premium in price.

With that said, Dachshunds usually have green or light brown to amber eyes. However, they can sometimes produce blue eyes. But according to Pet Insurance, blue-eyed Dachshunds are “undesirable” with kennel associations such as the AKC.

And according to Cuteness, female puppies are slightly more expensive than male puppies. This applies to almost all dog breeds and not just Dachshunds.

4. Pedigree of the Dachshund

What’s a pedigree and why does it matter? In short, a Dachshund’s pedigree is the family history of the dog with specific details. All reputable breeders should have them. 

To get an official pedigree, the Dachshund will need to register with a Kennel Club. But just because a dog is registered, doesn’t mean that they are healthy dogs. Anyone can pay a small fee for this.

Champion Line Dachshund

Pedigrees are great because they can tell you many things. For example, a pedigree can show potential of the Dachshund for a particular skill.

When looking at a Dachshund’s pedigree, you may notice the letters, “CH.” This abbreviation stands for “champion,” and means that an early ancestor competed and won in an official kennel association competition.

Whether it’s for show, agility or herding – it’s still quite impressive! Of course, this will certainly drive up the price of that Dachshund puppy.

Health of a Dachshund

Another important piece of information a dog’s pedigree can tell you is their health – or at least, clues to future health. There will be some health factors documented, but not all.

If you notice the abbreviation “OFA” next to an early ancestor, it means the early Dachshund’s status with hip dysplasia. This is one of the most common problems with dogs, hence, it’s being tracked on pedigrees.

Dogs will be graded as such: E (excellent), G (good) or F (fair). 

In addition to hip dysplasia, other valuable health information such as common eye conditions and elbow dysplasia are also tracked on pedigrees.

And of course, the fewer health problems in the Dachshund puppy’s line, the more expensive the pup can be. 

Hidden Costs of Owning a Dachshund

Buying the Dachshund from the breeder is just the beginning. The truth is, there are a lot more costs that come with owning a dog – not just with Dachshunds. 

According to CNBC and the PDSA, the lifetime cost of owning a dog can range between $27,074 and $42,545 USD. This range will depend on the size of the dog and known aliments associated with a breed.

But because Dachshunds are relatively robust dogs and small in size, we can expect the average lifetime cost to be on the lower side of that range. Still, why does owning a Dachshund (or any dog) cost so much?

1. Dog Food for Dachshunds

Buying a bag of dog food for your Dachshund won’t cost you too much money up front. However, if you calculate the number of times you’ll have to purchase that throughout their lifetime, then it really adds up. 

Policy Genius says that the average dog owner spends up to $150 feeding a small dog per year. Of course, this can range a lot depending on the food you buy.

I would recommend high quality dog food, such as Blue Buffalo. It’s always been my go-to for all the dogs that i’ve raised.

If a Dachshund’s average life span is 12 to 16 years, then you’ll be spending about $1800 – $2400 USD lifetime on your Dachshund’s food.

2. Treats and Toys

In addition to food, treats and toys are essential to every household with a dog, especially with a puppy.

Some may argue that toys are not necessary, but that’s partly true. When Dachshund puppies are teething, chew toys are crucial

Unless you want your Dachshund puppy to be chewing up your favorite pair of shoes, then it’s highly recommended. For aggressive chewers, I’d highly recommend the oneisall chew toy. Check it out at Amazon here.

And while treats may not absolutely be necessary, it sure makes training much easier. Dachshunds can be stubborn dogs and usually don’t take obedience training well. With delicious treats, it’ll make the process easier.

According to the AKC, owners in 2016 were spending between $35 and $250 USD per year on just toys and treats. That’s $525 to $3750 lifetime for a healthy 15 year old Dachshund.

3. Dog Crate

Dog crates are perhaps the most expensive one-time purchase you’ll have to make for a Dachshund puppy. While not necessary, it is still highly recommended, even by veterinarians.

A dog crate will significantly help in housebreaking your puppy. It teaches them how to control their bladder and bowel, plus provide a safe haven for the dog.

If you’re looking for a quality dog crate, then I highly suggest the Midwest Homes iCrate at Amazon. It’s the best “bang for the buck” in my opinion and has all the necessary features in a quality crate.

They aren’t very expensive and can range anywhere between $30 and $60. Because these dogs are small, buying a smaller crate will save you some cash. Make sure you get a 30 inch crate for a Dachshund!

4. Grooming a Dachshund

Not all dog breeds need a lot of money spent on grooming. For example, there are plenty of hypoallergenic dogs that shed very little and require minimal care.

However, Dachshunds are not hypoallergenic and do shed quite a bit. Keep in mind that wirehaired Dachshunds shed less than the other coat variations.

Still, you’ll need to trim nails, bathe, brush and tooth brush these dogs. Each grooming sessions can cost between $25 and $50 per session. This adds up to $600 per year if you go to a professional groomer.

But if you do it all yourself, it’ll cost you just much less to buy the supplies and equipment.

5. Veterinary Care

The good news is that Dachshunds are generally healthy breeds. Still, there are health problems to look out for with Dachshunds.

This is another reason why going to a reputable breeder is important. Though you may save some money up front, the potential future health problems may offset the initial savings.

Your total set of puppy shots may come out to between $75 and $100. This is just for the core shots, such as Rabies and DHLPP.

According to PetSpruce, the estimated cost of veterinary care comes out to $700 – $1500 per year. This is an estimate, and in some years, you probably won’t be close.

As for medicine and supplements, PetSpruce estimates that you’ll need around $200 – $600 per year! This will range quite a bit depending on early health issues with your Doxie. 

6. Miscellaneous Cost

And finally, you have all the other miscellaneous costs that can vary quite a bit. This includes things like, a dog leash, collar, bed, bowl and whatever you decide to get for your loving Doxie.

If you need to take your dog to obedience school or stay at dog hotels, then it’ll be even more costly! 

Pet sitting or dog walkers are other luxuries that aren’t absolutely necessary, but it depends on you and your situation. 

In reality, the price of a Dachshund is much more than the initial price tag of the puppy. Make sure you’re able to afford this to provide your dog with the best and happiest life possible.

Did we miss any hidden cost to owning a Dachshund? 

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About the author

Richard Jeng

Richard has been raising dogs his whole life, including a Poodle, Pomeranian, Corgi and Australian Shepherd. He's always working with animal shelters and dog rescues because of his passion for all dogs. Fun fact: his all time favorite breed is the German Shepherd.

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