February 20 2020


No, it is not safe for a dachshund to climb stairs.  Climbing stairs puts them at an increased risk of injuries that can sometimes be serious.  Let us read on to find out why.

Why Is It Unsafe for the Dachshund to Climb Stairs?

Doxies as they are affectionately known, have a long spine.  Climbing stairs puts pressure on their back and spine.  This can lead to a painful condition that they are already predisposed to due to their unique physical attributes and small size.

IVDD, also known as Intervertebral Disc Disease, is a condition that affects the vertebrae and can cause physical stress, pain, and other health conditions.  This condition isn’t something that will happen as soon as they set foot on a set of stairs but repeatedly climbing stairs could, over time, lead to IVDD and

This doesn’t mean that if you have stairs you can’t have a dachshund, only that they will need to be carried up and down the stairs.  Installing gates will also be added protection for them and peace of mind for you.

If for some reason it is a must that the stairs be used, implementing a safely designed ramp can allow them to navigate the stairs without injury.  Just be sure the ramp has sides or is wide enough to prevent them from falling off the edge.

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What is IVDD?

Intervertebral Disc Disease is a condition that can affect anyone that has a spine, this includes humans and dogs.

It occurs when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine end up bulging or herniating due to injury.  When this happens these discs can press on the nerves in the spinal cord which can lead to pain, damage to nerves and even in severe cases paralysis.

Symptoms of a Dachshund Injury from Climbing Stairs

Should your dachshund somehow maneuver a set of stairs when you aren’t looking or perhaps jump, which isn’t good either there are signs of injury to look for that include:

  • Pain noises
  • Reduced activity level
  • Inability to stand
  • Changes in behavior or eating habits
  • Loss of bladder or bowels
  • Difficulty standing

Any of these signs in a dachshund could mean they have an injury.  Contacting their veterinarian immediately can prevent further damage from happening.

Injuries are more likely to happen to puppies or older dogs but even a healthy, adult dachshund can suffer from injuries.  Always be aware of your beloved dogs condition.

Can I Teach my Dachshund a Safe Way to Climb Stairs?

Unfortunately, due to their uniquely long and sleek design, there is no safe way to teach them to climb a set of stairs.

What is the Correct Way to Hold a Dachshund While Climbing Stairs?

Yes, there is a correct way to hold your dachshund while climbing stairs or while doing other things that minimize injuries to their back and spine.

To prevent injury and keep your dachshund healthy and safe while carrying them you must protect their spine by keeping it as stable as possible.  Using both hands you will want to support their back end with one hand underneath and the front of their belly with the other hand underneath.

Never carry or lift your dachshund with or by one hand, this doesn't provide the support and stability of their spine and back need.


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Can Dachshunds Climb on other Things in the Home

Like stairs you will find that there are many objects in a home that a dachshund cannot climb, some examples are a sofa, a bed, or a favorite soft chair.  This can be remedied by discouraging this behavior and lifting them, and also by having some convenient pet ramps throughout the home.

In Conclusion

While many dogs are able to climb stairs, the dachshund won’t be able to join the party.

The safety of your most beloved pooch is of the utmost concern.  Finding other ways for them to get from one story to another whether it is at home, the car or while out and about is simple and effective.

The adorable but temperamental dachshund won’t be missing out on much by not climbing stairs.  What they lose in fun, they gain in some much-needed physical attention and cuddle time.

What could be better than that!

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