Protecting Your Miniature Dachshund's Back: The Importance of Using a Ramp

If you're a proud owner of a miniature dachshund, you already know how adorable and unique these little dogs can be. Miniature dachshunds, with their long bodies and short legs, are lovable companions known for their playful and sometimes stubborn nature. However, beneath that charming exterior, there lies a vulnerability that all dachshund owners should be aware of - the risk of back issues. In this blog post, we'll discuss why having a ramp (specifically one of our beautifully hand crafted ramps shown here for your miniature dachshund is essential in preventing long-term back problems.

Understanding Dachshund Back Problems

Dachshunds are predisposed to a higher risk of back issues compared to other dog breeds. Their unique anatomy, characterized by elongated spines and short legs, can put excessive strain on their backs. The most common back problem in dachshunds is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). IVDD occurs when the discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine degenerate and bulge, potentially causing compression on the spinal cord. This can result in pain, mobility issues, and even paralysis in severe cases.  Further information can be found here .

The Role of Ramps in Preventing Back Issues

Preventing back problems in miniature dachshunds is all about minimizing the stress on their spine and preventing activities that could potentially harm them. Ramps play a crucial role in achieving this goal. Here are some reasons why ramps are indispensable for your dachshund's well-being:

  1. Reducing Jumping Stress: Dachshunds love to jump on and off furniture or into cars, but this puts enormous stress on their backs. Ramps provide a gentle incline for your pet to access these heights without the jarring impact of jumping.

  2. Preventing Falls: As dachshunds age, their ability to jump and land safely diminishes. Ramps help prevent slips, falls, and awkward landings that can lead to back injuries.

  3. Supporting Their Spine: When using a ramp, dachshunds can maintain a more neutral posture when ascending or descending, reducing the strain on their spine. This is especially important when dealing with a breed already prone to back issues.

  4. Long-Term Health: By investing in a ramp, you're taking a proactive approach to your dachshund's long-term health. Preventing back problems from the outset is far better than trying to treat them once they occur.

  5. Promoting Independence: As your dachshund ages or if they have existing back issues, a ramp can help them maintain their independence. They won't have to rely on you to lift them onto the couch or into the car.

Choosing the Right Ramp

When selecting a ramp for your miniature dachshund, there are a few factors to consider:

      1. Size and Weight Capacity: Ensure the ramp is appropriately sized and sturdy enough to support your dachshund's weight.  Our ramps are tested beyond 120kg, that's more then 12 Dachshunds combined ! 

      2. Grip and Traction: Look for a ramp with a non-slip surface to prevent your dog from slipping and getting injured.  Our thick carpet runners ( provide good grip for your Dachshund, whilst looking aesthetically pleasing at the same time.  For pets that are specifically wobbly or nervous, we can supply a black rubber covering to provide maximum grip.

      3. Portability: Our ramps are made from FSC certified wood(, it is high quality and 18mm thick; as a result they are heavy and not really designed to be moved very often due to their weight. 

      4. Adjustable Incline: Our ramps are supplied as standard with a 30 degree incline.  They are easy for the average pet to get up and down from your indoor furniture.  However, we can make custom inclines if that is what you require.  Please see our customisations page  ( for more details on what we can do bespoke for you. We have 3 different height ramps ( to allow your pet to get up and down from 30cm to 70cm high furniture.


Owning a miniature dachshund is a delightful experience, but it comes with the responsibility of safeguarding their delicate backs. Using a ramp can make a significant difference in preventing long-term back issues, ensuring your furry friend enjoys a happy and healthy life. By taking a proactive approach to their well-being, you're giving your dachshund the best chance at a pain-free and active lifestyle. So, invest in one of our ramps today, and watch your dachshund glide through life with ease and grace!