Dachshund pet insurance

Find out everything you need to know about dachshund insurance in the UK and how to best care for your little sausage dog.

Average dachshund pet insurance cost

We ran a number of quotes through our partners Confused.com, to give you an indication of costs. Our results estimated that, on average, you could insure your Dachshund with a lifetime insurance policy for £43 a month, or an annual payment of £515. To run these quotes, we used the following pet information:

  • Female
  • 4-years-old
  • Chipped
  • Bought for £400
  • Neutered
  • No pre-existing conditions
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Non aggressive

The cheapest quote we found was the Super policy from Animal Friends, which came in at £11.76 per month, or £141.12 annually. The most expensive was Asda Money with their Lifetime 10,000 policy – £89.85 per month, or £1076.99 annually.

Remember that cheapest doesn’t mean best and you might miss out on important cover if you simply go for the cheapest option. Make sure to shop around and compare policies to find the one that works best for your short legged darling.

What type of insurance is best for a dachshund?

There are four main types of pet insurance policies you should be familiar with.

  • Accident insurance. An accident only policy will only pay out for injury following an accident, not in the event of a long-term medical issue, such as an illness or chronic condition.
  • Time-Limited insurance. A time limited policy will pay out for a specific condition for a predetermined period of time, usually a year, after which treatment for that condition will no longer be covered.
  • Maximum benefit insurance. A maximum benefit policy will pay out for a particular health issue up to a specified amount, at which point the policy will no longer contribute any further funding for that condition.
  • Lifetime insurance. The most comprehensive and expensive variety of pet insurance, lifetime insurance covers your dachshund for both accident and illness, with an insurance contribution up to a specified amount renewed each year for as long as the policy is kept.

Common health problems for dachshunds

Before deciding on an insurance policy, it is essential to be aware of the common illnesses associated with your dog’s breed. For your dachshund, there are a number of ailments that might affect your dog as it ages. It’s a good idea to take these health conditions into consideration when selecting your insurance policy.

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry-eye)
  • Heart disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Luxating patellas

Average treatments cost for dachshunds

It’s also useful to be aware of the average cost of treatment for common illnesses associated with dachshunds. This information will help you in deciding which type of pet insurance policy to take out, as well as ensure that your policy limit is the right one for your dachshund’s health requirements.

Below is a list of the average treatment costs for common dachshund illnesses:

Health ProblemAverage treatment cost
Intervertebral disc disease£650
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry-eye)£350
Heart disease£400
Progressive retinal atrophy£350

Fun facts about dachshunds

  • Dachshunds were bred in Germany to hunt badgers; their name translates to ‘badger hound’.
  • Originally, all dachshunds were either black or tan, but today you can find as many as 12 different dachshund colours.
  • Many people believe that hot dogs were named after the dachshund, with them being originally known as dachshund sausages.
  • Britain’s first cloned dog was a 12-year-old dachshund named Winnie.

Bottom line

While you might adore the short legs and long body of your sausage dog, dachshunds can suffer from health problems as a result of their shape. Being aware of the most common ailments your pet might develop will help you decide on the most appropriate insurance policy.

Dog insurance doesn’t need to leave a sting in your tail as long as you remember to shop around and compare deals. Take a look at our pet insurance provider reviews and our guides on other dog breeds.

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