The chinchilla gene is not associated with any specific health issues. As a result, English cream dachshunds only suffer from health problems that affect regular doxies. They also enjoy the breed’s long lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
Here are some of the health conditions you may have to deal with raising an English cream dachshund:
English cream dachshunds are known for their heavy appetite. They are therefore at risk of developing obesity as a consequence of overeating. It is made worse by any conditions that could affect motility, which are particularly common with miniature English cream doxies.
Like regular weenies, this color variant is also at risk of developing a wide range of allergies throughout their lives. These include reactions to things like dust, mites, pollen, chemicals and some fabrics. They tend to cause contact dermatitis or respiratory reactions.
This is a disease of old age with English cream dachshunds. They are particularly prone to skin cancers like melanomas. Others include hemangiosarcomas and tumors of the gut and reproductive system.
Intervertebral disc disease
This is particularly common with miniature English cream doxies. The back problems result in extreme pain and in the worst cases may even result in complete paralysis of the dog.
Hip and knee joint problems
These dogs also suffer from skeletal issues like hip dysplasia and patella luxation which negatively impact mobility and overall quality of life. You could help your doggy by giving them supplements like the Zesty Paws Hip & Joint Mobility Bone Broth. This contains compounds like Chondroitin, glucosamine, and collagen which help promote bone and joint health.