As a Dachshund breeder, I constantly try to educate puppy buyers about keeping their pup lean. All dogs should maintain a healthy weight, but Dachshunds have the added disadvantage of the long back and short legs that can make extra weight a greater health risk. Statistics show that about 54% of dogs in the US are overweight. People tend to care for their pets by overfeeding them with “love”. Last year I published a post about how having a dog can get us humans in better shape, but how about them? There are a whole batch of diseases you can help your dog avoid if you just keep their weight in check. To learn more, read this article and please, take it to heart. You will be doing your pet a huge favor.