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Walking Dachshunds – How Far Can They Walk?

The short legs of a dachshund can carry them surprisingly far. But we don’t want to overdo it.

In my experience as a lifelong Dachshund owner, they sometimes overestimate their own ability. Likewise, must also pay close attention to weather conditions, age, and weight.

How Far Can Dachshunds Walk?

A healthy, miniature dachshund between the ages of 1 and 8 years can comfortably walk for 30 minutes – or approximately 2.5 kilometres.

A standard sized dachshund has a little more energy in the tank and move at a brisk pace. They can comfortably walk for 45 minutes to 1 hour – approximately 5 kilometres.

Your dachshund may easily surpass these approximations; it depends on your specific dogs abilities and needs.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that dogs get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, depending on their age and breed.

We explore more about the Mini Dachshund vs Standard here.

Your Results May Vary

These approximations are based on my personal experience as a dachshund owner, and the recommendation of veterinarians. Your results may vary.

Observe your dogs behavior during walks and adjust the distance accordingly to prevent injury.

Things that can affect how your dog walks:

  • Age
  • Sore or displaced joints
  • Overweight
  • Heat or Cold

Remember that dachshunds are not built for endurance. While they require daily exercise, there is no need to run marathons.

Walking Senior Dachshunds

As you get past 8 years of age with any dog breed, you may notice a significant drop in overall energy.

Senior dogs are more sensitive to being overworked or overheated. They may also experience joint pain, or have difficulty with mobility.

You can accommodate their needs by shortening walks, and avoid steep inclines or climbing.

You may also consider more brain stimulating activities at home to keep them entertained and tired.

Walking Puppy Dachshunds

Exercise, play, and rest are essential for mental and and physical development.

However, very long walks in a puppy’s early development can be harmful to their joints and lead to lifelong health problems.

Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, vets recommend short walks and multiple play sessions. Gradually increase exercise duration and intensity as your dog grows, and tailor to your puppy’s needs and abilities.

While there’s no definitive answer on how long you should walk a puppy, the general advice is to begin with 5 to 10 minute strolls.

Avoid long hikes or intense running until their structure is fully developed (about 12 months).

  • Go for short walks and take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid overexerting your puppy.
  • Be mindful of weather and temperature.

Vaccinate before Walks

Ensure your puppy is vaccinated before allowing them to visit day cares or dog parks.

Other dogs or animals may pass on deadly diseases to your pup. During this time you cannot let your dog touch the ground in any public place.

Puppies are vaccinated for Parvo and Distemper at about 6 – 8 weeks, and takes an additional 7 days to take full effect. At this point you can let your dog play in the backyard.

Another two rounds of vaccines (DHPP, bordetella, influenza) will be applied over the next 2 months. After the final round you’re free to take your pup for outdoor adventures.

Walking Dachshunds in the Winter

Most dachshunds don’t find winter too appealing. You may struggle to get them to even go potty in the backyard on an especially cold day.

If you live in a cold climate I recommend finding some fun indoor games to keep your dachshund tired and entertained.

Otherwise here’s a few winter walking tips:

  • Dress your dog appropriately in a jacket or sweater. Dachshunds are low to the ground, and their exposed underside could drag in the cold snow.
  • Protect their paws with boots.
  • Keep walks short.
Dachshund in coat walking through the snow
An orange dachshund dog Hand Made dressed in a suit, walks in the winter. Russia, Samara, April 1, 2018.


Dachshunds are especially picky when it comes to cold weather, but they don’t complain nearly as much on a sunny day. Either way, it’s your job to ensure they don’t overdo it.

Hot summer days can prove deadly for a dog.

  • Walk in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.
  • Make sure your dog has access to water or shade.
  • Take breaks as necessary.
  • Go for shorter, more frequent walks.

Walking Overweight Dachshunds

In my experience, it’s not difficult to suddenly find yourself with an overweight dachshund. They sometimes have the appetite of a hippo rather than a small dog.

This is why you shouldn’t skip out on daily activity.

That being said, overweight dogs have considerably more difficulty keeping up. We don’t want to overwork our pups.

Break walks up into two or more walks per day for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, purchase yourself a food scale and weigh their food each day so you can closely monitor their calorie intake.

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Shayla McConnell

Shayla​ has been working closely with animals for over 10 years. Initially trained​ as a Vet Tech Assistant in a local emergency clinic, she ​later changed career paths and became a ​professional Dog Groomer, and is now running her own successful pet grooming business.

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