Leslie Kasperowicz holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Winnipeg. She spent several years as a Farmers Insurance CSR, gaining a solid understanding of insurance products including home, life, auto, and commercial and working directly with insurance customers to understand their needs. She has since used that knowledge in her more than ten years as a writer, largely in the insuranc...

Full Bio →

Written by Leslie Kasperowicz
Farmers CSR for 4 Years Leslie Kasperowicz

Melanie Musson is the fourth generation in her family to work in the insurance industry. She grew up with insurance talk as part of her everyday conversation and has studied to gain an in-depth knowledge of state-specific car insurance laws and dynamics as well as a broad understanding of how insurance fits into every person’s life, from budgets to coverage levels. She also specializes in automa...

Full Bio →

Reviewed by Melanie Musson
Published Insurance Expert Melanie Musson

UPDATED: Mar 27, 2021

Advertiser Disclosure

Pet Insurance U receives compensation from the third parties included on this site. This includes payment for clicks from our site to insurance providers’ sites and quote requests generated. Our rankings and reviews are not affected by payments from the insurance companies. The compensation we receive allows the site to be free and regularly updated. Our goal is to review every pet insurance provider, but not all companies are listed on the site.

And many of the companies we review do not pay us anything. We simply rate, compare and review their plan because we feel it will be valuable to you. Our reviews are guaranteed to be unbiased, professional and advertising compensation does not influence rankings.

We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about pet insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything pet insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by pet insurance experts.

The short legs and long bodies of Dachshunds were selected for by breeders in Germany who wanted a dog that could hunt burrowing animals like the badger, Dachs in German.

Most “wiener dogs” have short brown and/or black fur, though there are also long- and wire-haired, and piebald, varieties.

Because of their breeding, Dachshunds are programmed to chase, and they can be willful and aggressive if not properly trained.

These dogs bond tightly with their owners but tend to be suspicious of strangers and are not recommended for families with small children.

Need Pet Insurance?

FACT: Pet insurance pays up to 90% of vet bills when your pet is sick or injured!

Health Problems in Dachshunds

Dachshunds are relatively healthy dogs; puppies obtained from reputable breeders can be expected to live around 15 years.

The breed is, however, known to be especially at risk for a number of health conditions:

  • Canine epilepsy: this disease of the nervous system causes tremors and seizures. Diagnosis can be confirmed by electroencephalography (EEG), MRI and/or CT scans. Various drugs and even surgery may allow an affected dog to live a fairly normal life.
  • Intervertebral disk disease: the Dachshund’s unique body shape places stress on the spine, and in some cases the vertebrae become inflamed, restricting movement, causing pain and, in some cases, leading to paralysis. A variety of drug treatments are available that can reduce inflammation and pain, though surgery may be required to repair or fuse the affected vertebrae.
  • Patellar luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some dogs may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to reposition the affected bone and connective tissue.

Related: 10 Things You Must Know Before You Buy Pet Insurance


  • Osteogenesis imperfecta: the wire-haired variety of Dachshund is especially prone to this condition, in which the bones become brittle owing to defective collagen. There is no known treatment, but a genetic test is available.
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA): this congenital heart defect causes the heart to pump inefficiently, resulting in lethargy, weakness and labored breathing. The condition may present as a heart murmur and is usually but not always detectable in puppies. Heart surgery can often repair the defect.

Enter your ZIP code below to view companies that have cheap pet insurance rates.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Pet Insurance for Dachshunds

Dachshund owners tend to be as devoted to their dogs as their dogs are to them.

For those who want the best for their canine companions, pet health insurance can be an important step toward guaranteeing that, whatever may happen, financial concerns will not stand in the way of the best possible veterinary care.

Dachshunds are a lot like other small breed dogs, like a Shih-Tzu, in their temperament and health problems.
Learn More About Pet Insurance Now!

Learn More: Why I Wish I Bought Pet Insurance When I First Got My Dog

For other types of dogs, check out our full list of dog breeds.


Other articles you may find helpful: 

Is Exotic Pet Insurance Necessary? 

The Best Pet Insurance By State 

What Is Pet Insurance?

Fun Facts, Dog FAQ, And Unsolicited Dog Advice

5 Training Commands to Save Your Dog’s Life

The Ultimate Guide to Safe Foods for Dogs

Dog Health Problems

Dog Breeds


Cat Health Problems

Cat Breeds


How do you choose a dog breed? There are so many awesome options! We have compiled a complete database about all the dog breeds, their mannerisms, care, and who they do best with. Statistically, some purebreds experience more health issues than mixed breeds. There are many pet insurance companies out there and we have put together a great article about the best puppy and dog pet insurance companies in the US


You may be interested in one of these dog breeds:


Akita Pet Insurance

Beagle Pet Insurance

Bernese Mountain Dog Pet Insurance

Bichon Frise

Bloodhound Pet Insurance

Border Collie Pet Insurance

Boston Terrier Pet Insurance

Boxer Dog Breed Information

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pet Insurance

Chihuahua Pet Insurance

Chinese Crested

Chow Chow Pet Insurance

Cocker Spaniel Breed Information

Dachshund Pet Insurance

Doberman Pet Insurance

English Setter Pet Insurance

Fox Terrier

French Bulldog Breed Information

German Shepherd Breed Information

German Shorthaired Pointer Pet Insurance

Golden Retriever Breed Information

Great Dane Pet Insurance

Havanese Dogs | Average Cost and Care

Irish Water Spaniel

Italian Greyhound

Jack Russell Terrier Pet Insurance

Kerry Blue Terrier


Labradoodle Breed Info

Labrador Retriever Breed Information

Maltese Pet Insurance

Miniature Schnauzer Pet Insurance

Newfoundland Pet Insurance

Pit Bull Pet Insurance

Pomeranian Pet Insurance

Poodle Dog Breed Information

Portuguese Water Dog

Pug Pet Insurance

Rhodesian Ridgeback Pet Insurance

Shar-Pei Pet Insurance

Shetland Sheepdog Pet Insurance

Shih Tzu Pet Insurance

Siberian Husky Pet Insurance

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

St. Bernard Pet Insurance

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Pet Insurance

Vizsla Pet Insurance

Weimaraner Pet Insurance