The best dog food for Dachshunds | Scratch Dog Food

Dog Food For Dachshunds

Those long bodies don’t need ultra long ingredient lists. Scratch feeds dog food for Dachshunds to thousands of the little legends.

It’s low-starch, low-carb, made fresh, owned independent and most importantly, keeps Dachshunds joints moving freely with our low-inflammation ingredients.

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Scratch has helped thousands of Dachshunds thrive thanks to:

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Using low-inflammation food without all the processing

Why do so many modern dogs suffer from skin & stomach issues? Cheap, powdered and over-processed ingredients are a common culprit. ‘Pet food meat’ is used in nearly every dog food out there, and is typically the lowest quality option (often with more bone and carcass than meat and organs).

Scratch uses meat from the human food supply chain and tops off each recipe with healthy oils for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

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A tailored feeding guide for the perfect weight

Avoiding obesity is especially important for Dachshunds, a breed prone to intervertebral disc disease. You don’t need Weight Watchers to help your woofer shed the kilos – just high-quality grub full of the good stuff, tailor-made to your dog.

Our calculator will whip up a personalised diet just for your Dachshund – whether they need to lose, gain or maintain their weight. 

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Nourishing vitamins, minerals and supplements for joint wellbeing

Breeds like Dachshunds need special protection to prevent & protect from joint conditions. Every Scratch recipe is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals to keep joints & bones healthy long into the golden years.

Kick joint protection up a notch by choosing the Kangaroo recipe – with added glucosamine, chondroitin supplements and hydrolysed collagen, all to nourish joint health.

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Dachshunds should eat premium grub that focuses on joint health, and caters to their special dietary needs

Your dog’s food should be doing more than keeping them alive. It should be sustaining them with top-quality ingredients, cutting out filler and enriching their health with wholefoods.

Dry food, wet food, freshly prepared or home-cooked, most of the dog food brands out there miss the mark.

✅ Scratch is formulated by master qualified nutritionists to meet all the nutritional requirements Dachshunds need, as set out in the AAFCO guidelines

✅ Each recipe is chockfull of premium, human-grade meat and real veggies (not powdered crap)

✅ Sustain your Dachshund all day with low-GI energy sources… rather than burning and crashing

Freshly made, low-processed kibble that’s actually good for your dog

The majority of Aussie dogs eat dry dog food (or kibble) as part or all of their diet, but it turns out that a lot of it isn’t doing old mate any good.

Not because dry dog food for Dachshunds is bad – that’s just the way it’s prepared – but because big dog food companies often do things on the cheap, using high GI ingredients, straight in/straight out fillers, and very little actual meat (plus additives so it lasts longer on supermarket shelves). Eaten regularly, this gets your woofer’s body out of whack and can cause short-term upset and long-term illness.

Scratch puts better ingredients in, and you get a healthier dog out. Pretty simple but business gets in the way. So, is dry dog food bad? No – much of it is but Scratch is the dry dog food should be.


Read more about our kibble philosophy

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Why kibble vs. raw food, chilled food or freeze-dried food?

Dry dog food is the most convenient, preserved by dehydration and receives a quick temperature kill-step to ensure all microorganisms are eliminated.

Compare Scratch to:

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Raw food

Raw food diets are great as they have no processing, but it can be hard to get a complete and balanced diet from raw food alone. It also has other drawbacks like being fresh only for a few days, potential microorganisms such as e-coli, salmonella etc. Cooked protein is also easier to digest than raw.

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Wet food

Wet dog food is processed at a high temperature for a long period while sealed to ensure that all micro-organisms are killed. It generally tastes great but contains mostly water and a lot of gelling agents to make the gravy. The term ‘what goes in comes out’ applies well to wet food, and can be the culprit for less-than-ideal number 2s.

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Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried grub is generally higher quality than a lot of the dog food out there, but comes with its own drawbacks. Freeze-drying alone isn’t an effective way to kill all pathogens, so carries similar risks to raw. It’s also crazy expensive.

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Or chilled food?

Like dry dog food, chilled dog food has the kill step to eradicate pathogens. It has a short shelf life and is often treated with a lot of preservatives to last the time from factory to home.

3 damn good recipes, all 100% suitable for Dachshunds

All 3 recipes are suitable, though senior Dachshunds suffering from joint issues already might like the joint supplements of our Kangaroo recipe.

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

From $83 PER 8kg

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

Sensitive Kangaroo

From $94 PER 8kg

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

Pasture-raised Lamb

From $92 PER 8kg

Clean, mean recipe full of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains. Great for very active dogs.

Scratch has what your Dachshund puppy needs to thrive

Growing up is tough work. All three of our recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for Dachshunds puppies. Their food needs to contain:

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Sustainable energy

Small-breed puppies grow really quickly during the first six months, so Scratch is packed full of healthy energy sources to support them.

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Smart pups

Tons of DHA for brain development

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Stacks of human-grade, premium animal protein (at least 24%).

…And keeps senior Dachshunds going long into the golden years

All three of our recipes are suitable to adult & senior Dachshunds, and packed full of features your senior will benefit from, including:

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Gut and immune boosting ingredients

Help fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

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Special additives for longterm health

Our grain-free kangaroo recipe even includes Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Collagen for extra joint support.

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A tailored feeding guide

Being overweight isn’t ideal at any age, but for Dachshunds – prone to joint and vertebrae issues – it’s even more harmful. Take out the guesswork with a diet plan, personalised to your Dachshund.

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Don’t just take our word for it!

It’s the perfect start to each day!

My 9 week old mini dachshund Honey Bear is simply obsessed with Scratch! We love seeing his little tail start wagging as soon as he sees his bowl of Scratch being prepared – its the perfect start to each day! We are now working our way through our first big box and are 100% staying with Scratch forever! PS: the food calculator is super handy for figuring out the optimal amount to feed Honey Bear as he continues to grow in length and energy!

Their bowls are always licked clean

Moving to Scratch has been great for my 2 very fussy, however also prone to tummy sensitivity Dachshunds. They have been loving their new food with their bowls always licked clean.

Couldn’t recommend more highly!

My Frenchie and Mini Dachshund both love Scratch! Transition from their old food was super easy (clean….) and they absolutely love the taste! Mike from Scratch has been super responsive and answered all my questions along the way, he was super helpful. Couldn’t recommend Scratch more highly!

4.9/5 Average Rating from
over 40,000 Aussie dogs