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15 Essential Dachshund Supplies and Products

Lindsey Lawson

By Lindsey Lawson

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If you are getting ready to bring home a Dachshund, it’s no secret you are about to be in for a lifetime full of love, fun, and adventure.  One of the most important parts of being a dog owner is preparedness. There are many supplies you will want to have on hand before you bring home your new furry bundle of joy.

We will go over all the essentials for a Dachshund owner, from the painfully obvious to some things that may not have even crossed your mind during the excitement. Here’s a list of 15 Dachshund essentials and our recommendations for each.

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The 15 Essential Dachshund Supplies and Products

1. High-Quality Food

Freshpet Select Grain-Free Chicken Recipe

Providing your dog with high-quality food that is suitable for their size, activity level, and current life stage is essential for their overall health and well-being. There is no getting around the importance of a balanced diet, so you want to ensure you are feeding your Dachshund the healthiest food possible.

Our Recommendation: Freshpet Vital Nutrition

Lifestage: All Life Stages
Size: 16lb per case

It’s best to discuss your dog’s dietary needs directly with your veterinarian to ensure they are on a well-balanced meal plan that is suitable for their individual needs. Fresh pet foods are gaining popularity because of the health benefits and the fact that even the pickiest eaters don’t have issues with dinner time.

Freshpet Vital Nutrition comes in different recipes, is non-GMO verified, and made without any preservatives, meat by-products, or rendered meals. This food is also great for dogs of all life stages, can help improve digestion, maintain a healthy weight, and is great for the skin and coat.

Fresh food can be quite a bit more expensive than traditional kibbles and must be kept in the fridge or freezer. If fresh food isn’t right for you, there are plenty of great kibbles on the market as well.

  • Non-GMO verified and free from meat by-products
  • Suitable for all life stages
  • Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and omega 3 and 7 fatty acids
  • Expensive
  • Must be stored in fridge or freezer

2. Leash

Red Dingo Classic Nylon Dog Leash

Leashes are an absolute necessity for all dog owners. They are needed for daily walks and to keep your dog safe and secure while out and about.

Our Recommendation: Red Dingo Classic Nylon Dog Leash

Material: Nylon
Length: 6 ft

With eight different color choices and four different sizes available, the Red Dingo Classic Nylon Dog Leash is a great leash to have handy. It’s constructed with nylon and an abrasion-resistant ribbon to ensure the leash is durable and long-lasting.

The size is conveniently adjustable to your needs between 3.5 and 6 feet. For your comfort, there is also a soft, comfortable padded handle and the lead clips are interchangeable. If you’re looking for a versatile and high-quality leash for a good price, you can’t go wrong here. Some users did report some fraying after extended use, which is typical.

  • Good shade coverage
  • Beautiful autumn foliage
  • Adjustable size
  • Fraying after extended use

3. Collar

Frisco Tie Dye Swirl Polyester Personalized Dog Collar

One of the staples of dog ownership would be the collar. After all, you need a place to put the ID tag and rabies tag, and it’s the best way for others to recognize your dog belongs to someone if they were to get loose.

Our Recommendation:  Frisco Polyester Personalized Dog Collar

Material: Polyester
Width: 5/8 inch

Frisco has many different great collar choices available, but we love the Frisco Polyester Personalized Dog Collar because it comes in a variety of color and pattern choices and provides some extra security by having your information imprinted directly on the collar. While nothing beats microchipping, if your tags were to fall off you can rest assured there’s still some information on the collar itself, up to 24 characters to be exact.

The collars are constructed to be durable and reliable, and they also have some matching leashes available as well. There are four different size choices available, and the collars are easily hand-washable.

  • Personalize with name and contact info
  • Comes in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Hand washable
  • None noted

4. Harness

Frisco Small Breed Soft Vest Step In Back Clip Dog Harness

Harnesses can help to reduce strain on your dog’s neck during walks. While it’s not specific to small dogs, smaller breeds are known for putting a lot of strain on their neck when walking with a leash and collar. A harness is good to have available for daily walks.

Our Recommendation: Frisco Small Breed Soft Vest Step In Back Clip Dog Harness

Material: Mesh
Closure Type: Buckle

This soft, mesh harness is perfect for daily strolls. The step-in design makes it easy to put on and take off and the adjustable strap will make sure it fits just right. The fabric is breathable to keep your dog cool on hot days.

This harness comes in four different color choices, including black, blue, red, and pink. It is a very affordable choice for those that are just wanting to try out harness use. It also comes in five different size choices, so it’s important to measure your dog’s girth and check the size chart to ensure the perfect fit. While it’s a highly rated harness, there were some complaints about the Velcro wearing more easily than expected.

  • Comes in four color choices
  • Constructed of soft, breathable mesh for comfortability
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Velcro wore more easily than expected

5. Food and Water Bowls

Bone Dry Striped Dog Bowl Set

You’ll most definitely need some size-appropriate food and water bowls for your dachshund. There’s no shortage of options on the market and this will come down to personal choice.

Our Recommendation: Bone Dry Striped Dog Bowl Set

Material: Ceramic
Size: .75 cup, 1.5 cup, 3 cup

The Bone Dry Striped Dog Bowl Set includes two bowls to cover both your food and water needs. They are stylish, coming in color choices of blue and gray, and will blend well with most home décor. You can choose from 3 different sizes, so if you have more than just a Dachshund in the home, you can get matching bowls for everyone.

The bowls come complete with a silicone rim to prevent sliding on even the most slippery of floors.  To really top it off, these bowls are made of ceramic, so they are also dishwasher safe. You can even add in a stylish mat to help prevent food and water mess from getting all over the floor.

  • Comes in two color choices
  • Silicone rim to prevent sliding
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Not suitable for large, open spaces

6. ID Tag

GoTags Personalized ID Tag

No one wants to even bear the thought of losing their dog, but you need to be prepared. It’s a good idea to have an ID tag attached to their collar in case they were to wander away.

Our Recommendation: GoTags Personalized ID Tag

Personalization Method: Laser engraved
Material: Stainless steel

Our recommendation for an ID tag is the GoTags Personalized ID Tag. It’s available in two different sizes and comes in color choices of black, red, pink, purple, and blue. You can get up to 4 lines of text on each side to ensure all the information needed is on the tag. You can even get this tag in a traditional shape or opt for bone-shaped.

Overall, this ID comes highly rated by many and is not only convenient but very affordable. The downside is that some dogs like to try and chew their tags right off their collar. In those cases, different style ID tags may be a better choice.

  • Available in different colors
  • Up to 4 lines of text on each side
  • Two different shapes are available
  • Some dogs may try to chew and remove the tag

7. Gate

Frisco Steel Extra Wide Auto-Close Dog Gate

There are always going to be areas in the home where you need to limit access, whether it be certain rooms or even the stairs. That’s where a pet gate comes in as a necessary supply to have on hand.

Our Recommendation: Frisco Steel Extra Wide Auto-Close Dog Gate

Material: Steel, plastic
Type: Pressure mounted

The Frisco Steel Extra Wide Auto-Close Dog gate is 30 inches tall and has 6.9-inch, 8-inch, and 12-inch extensions so that it can fit a variety of door frame sizes. This gate is perfect for keeping pets (or children) out of certain areas of the home.

The gate is durable with a double-lock safety release system and the door is self-closing, though it will remain open if past 90 degrees. Installation does require a screwdriver or drill for the wall mount, but it only takes about 10 minutes to fully install.

  • Fits a variety of door frame sizes
  • Double lock safety release system and self-closing door
  • Constructed of steel
  • Some gates didn’t last as long as expected
  • Requires screwdriver or drill for installation

8. Crate

MidWest Homes Puppy Crate

Having a crate is a sure-fire way to keep your dog safe and secure when left unsupervised. Crate training is highly recommended and not only keeps your dog safe but helps prevent destructive behavior, is helpful during housetraining, and is also great for travel. You should get a crate that will be suitable for your Dachshund’s size when it is fully grown. For an adult Mini Dachshund, you will probably need a 24″ x 18″ x 21″ crate. For an adult Standard Dachshund, you will need a 30″ x 19″ x 21″ crate.

Our Recommendation: MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry

Material: Coated Metal, plastic
Features: Divider, Removable Pan, Carrying Handle

The MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry is a durable, secure dog crate that provides good quality at a very reasonable price. It has protective rubber feet to prevent floor scuffing, a leak-proof plastic pan, and a secure locking mechanism.

It is super easy to assemble and folds up nicely for storage. It even has a carrying handle for when you need to travel. The biggest complaint among dog owners was that the larger the crate, the less durable it was. Some larger, more powerful dogs were able to bend the bars and even escape.

  • Rubber feet prevent floor scuffs
  • Easy to assemble
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Not ideal for larger dogs

9. Toys

Goody Box x KONG Puppy Toys & Treats

Toys are certainly a must-have for your playful little Dachshund. Having access to a variety of toys is great for mental stimulation and enrichment as well as providing a healthy outlet for those chewing needs.

Our Recommendation: Goody Box x KONG Puppy Toys & Treats

Breed Size: All sizes
Included toy types: Plush Toys, Treat Dispensers, Chew Toys

There is no shortage of great toys available on the market but with a Goody Box, you not only get some great quality toys, but you also get some top-of-the-line treats to go along with it. There are a variety of Goody Box choices available but this particular one includes three durable KONG toys and two full-size treat bags. To top it off, there is no subscription needed!

  • Includes toys and two full-size treat bags
  • Durable, high-quality toys
  • No subscription needed
  • No cons were noted for this product

10. Dental Kit

Vetoquinol Enzadent Enzymatic Poultry-Flavored Toothbrush Kit

One thing that may not cross your mind when buying necessities for your new dog is dental supplies. Did you know that dental disease is one of the most common ailments treated by veterinary professionals? In fact, over 80 percent of dogs over age three are said to have active dental disease and small breeds are at a higher risk of early-onset dental issues and faster progression. Preventative care is key in keeping your dog’s oral health in check.

Our Recommendation: Vetoquinol Enzadent Enzymatic Poultry Flavor Dog & Cat Dental Kit

Breed Size: All sizes
Included Contents: Toothbrush, toothpaste

This dental kit includes a traditional dual-ended toothbrush, a finger brush, and a poultry-flavored enzymatic toothpaste that helps remove plaque and polish the teeth. The brush is specifically designed for dogs and cats of all sizes and the toothpaste requires no rinsing and is considered safe if swallowed.

  • Includes traditional brush, finger brush, and toothpaste
  • Great for all sizes
  • Toothpaste is safe if swallowed
  • Some may not like the taste of the toothpaste

11. Shampoo


There is no better way to combat a dirty dog than with some dog shampoo. Since you can’t use human products on your pets, you better have some shampoo handy for those inevitable baths, planned or unplanned.

Our Recommendation: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Dog & Cat Shampoo

Size: 16oz, 1 gal
Suggested Use: 6 weeks or older

One of the most highly rated dog shampoos on the market would be Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Dog & Cat Shampoo. This soap-free formula is composed of oatmeal and organic aloe vera to help moisturize and soothe dry, itchy skin.

This product is free of parabens and phosphate and is 100%biodegradable. It is very versatile, as it can be used for dogs or cats over 6 weeks of age and leaves coats clean, well-moisturized, and smelling nice. To top it off, the price is very reasonable.

  • Great price
  • Oatmeal and aloe vera help relieve dry, itchy, skin
  • Free of soap, parabens, and phosphates
  • Not all owners like the vanilla almond scent

12. Brush

Hartz Groomer's Best Slicker Brush for Dogs and Cats

Dachshunds’ coats come in different lengths so their grooming needs will be based on the type of coat they have. Regardless, having a brush on hand for grooming sessions is a must.

Our Recommendation: Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush for Dogs & Cat

Material: Plastic
Brush Type: Bristle

The Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush is a great, affordable brush option for your Dachshund. The tips of the bristles have a protective coating for extra comfort, though they tend to fall off after frequent use. This brush can be used on either long-haired or short-haired dogs and can help reduce shedding.

The small size makes it ideal for small breeds, so whether you are in for a grooming session to bond with your dog or you need to give them a quick brush to untangle some hair or help reduce excess shedding around the house, this little brush is great to have handy.

  • Very affordable
  • Helps reduce shedding
  • Ideal for small breeds
  • Wire tips come off easily

13. Nail Trimmer

Safari Professional Nail Trimmer

Little Dachshund nails can grow out of control, so having a decent nail trimmer on hand is necessary to keep them at a comfortable length. Nail trimming tools need to be part of every dog owner’s grooming supply arsenal.

Our Recommendation: Safari Professional Nail Trimmer for Dogs

Breed Size: Small breeds
Material: Plastic, stainless steel

The Safari Professional Nail trimmer is made of durable, long-lasting stainless steel and has a non-slip and comfortable grip that can be used easily whether you are left or right-handed. The tension spring and double blade cutter are in place to make the trimming as swift and safe as possible. These trimmers are designed to reduce the risk of injury, though all pet parents should be aware of how to safely trim nails without hitting the quick.

  • Comfortable non-slip grip
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Ideal for left or right-handed use
  • Some felt it was too dull for thicker nails

14. Ramp

Pet Gear Free-Standing Extra Wide Carpeted Dog Car Ramp

With their incredibly short legs and elongated bodies, Dachshunds are not exactly well equipped for jumping. For the sake of their health and well-being, owners need to do what they can to prevent disc herniation and other back problems they are prone to.  Since these precious pups are inevitably going to want up on furniture to cuddle, ramps are a necessity for this breed.

Our Recommendation: Pet Gear Free-Standing Foldable Cat & Dog Ramp

Material: Plastic
Features: Foldable, Non-slip Tread, Non-skid

The Free-Standing Foldable Cat & Dog Ramp from Pet Gear is great to have on hand to allow vehicle and furniture access to your Dachshund. The mat is designed to keep pets from slipping and is also easily removed for cleaning. The rubber grips on the bottom help keep the ramp secure during use, though some reported it was a bit slippery on the tile. It’s also easily foldable for storage when not in use.

  • Great for vehicle and furniture access
  • Portable and easy to clean
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Some users reported it’s slippery on tile

15. Pet Odor and Stain Remover

OUT! Oxy Fast Activated Pet Stain & Odor Remover

Let’s face it, every pet owner needs something to combat the stains and odors that are left behind from accidents. Whether you own a Dachshund or a Great Dane, you’ll want to always have an effective cleaner on hand.

Our Recommendation: OUT! Oxy Fast Activated Pet Stain & Odor Remover

Cleaner Type: Deodorizer, stain remover
Surface Use: Carpet, hard surfaces, bedding, laundry

OUT! Oxy Fast Activated Pet Stain & Odor Remover is an oxygen-releasing formula that combats both stain and odor while being safe for use around children and pets if used as directed. This spray can be used on carpet, bedding, hard surfaces, and even as a laundry pre-treatment. Keep in mind that darker stains may pose a bit more of a challenge.

  • Can be used on carpet, hard surfaces, and bedding
  • Safe for use around pets and children
  • Can be used as pre-treatment for laundry
  • Not as effective on darker stains

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These essentials will certainly help you get started on the right foot with your new Dachshund. Now that you know what you’ll be needing, the only thing left to do is shop. Here’s to a bright future ahead filled with love, joy, and doggy snuggles.

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