Average Chest Size Of A Dachshund & How To Choose The Right Harnesse


Miniature dachshunds - small but it’s important to know exactly how small. So, let’s talk about their chest size, harnesses, health issues, and more. 

What is the average chest size of a dachshund?

Standard dachshunds tend to have a chest depth or width of 18 to 22 inches or 45 to 55 cm.

This means that they fall in the Size 2 category of most harness and collar brands as that typically ranges between 17 and 21 inches (43 to 53 cm).

If your dachshund’s chest is at the upper end of the breed’s standard, it will technically be in the Size 3 category.

Either way, it’s always smart to go by the actual inches/cm than a brand’s size.

What size harness does a miniature dachshund need?

Most mini Doxies have an average chest size of 11 to 15 inches or 27 to 38 cm.

This puts them in the Size 1 category of most harness brands and models which typically ranges between 13 and 17 inches or 33 and 43 cm.

Even if your mini dachshund’s chest is wider than the breed’s standard, as long as it’s under 17 inches, it’d still fall in the Size 1 category.

How do you measure a dachshund chest?

When we think of a dog’s chest, we usually think of the area under the neck and in front of the legs.

Why that is a part of the chest too, the part we actually measure is directly behind the front legs. 

That’s the widest or deepest part – just take the tape measure and toss it across your dog’s back and down around the chest behind the legs.

If you’re wondering how to measure the mini dachshund’s chest size, that’s simple – just take the tape measure.

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