The dachshund is genetically predisposed to the spinal illness, intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). Its disproportionally long spine requires extra care to avoid putting any unnecessary stress on the neck or back. Many dog breeds can be successfully trained and walked with a collar, but your dachshund will be better off wearing a harness. A harness redistributes force throughout the body and away from the neck. Because of its extra long body, most harnesses that will fit another breed will not fit the dachshund, who should have force distributed across the chest region.
Pick the Right Harness for Your Dachshund
Ask your veterinarian and other dachshund owners and lovers which harness brand they prefer and can recommend.
Consider the types of activities you and your dog like to do together. The right harness will allow you to be as active as you'd like, while keeping your dachshund safe and comfortable.
Take your dachshund's measurements. Measure the dog's length from just above the shoulder blades to the base of the tail. Measure its girth, around the widest part of the ribcage, and around the neck.
Purchase a harness that is the right fit for your dachshund and made of a strong, but lightweight, material. Nylon mesh dries quickly and allows for freedom of movement. A harness with extra chest padding will provide added comfort.
Items You Will Need
- Dachshund's measurements
- Measuring tape
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