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Pedigree Paws Unite

Dachshunds join Sponsored Walk across the UK

We would like to congratulate the Dachshund walkers who took part in the 2016 Pedigree Paws Unite sponsored walk in September. The walkers, representing each variety of Dachshund from around the UK, were Lesley Patton (Wire), Helen Geeson (Mini Long), Joanne Blackburn-Bennett (Mini Smooth), Rachel Barney (Mini Wire), Lesley McNaughton (Smooth), Fran & Emily Mitchell (Long), Martin Sanders (Wire). (Apologies if we’ve missed anyone).

Held under the umbrella of The Peekaboo Trust – the walk raised over £70,000 for seven charities – Make A Wish Foundation, Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital, National Search and Rescue Dog Association, Dog AID, The Cinnamon Trust, PACT Sheffield and Tŷ Hafan.

210 of the UK's 216 breeds took part in the walks which started on September 12th and covered 160 miles in total, ending at Darlington Championship show on September 18th.

Lafora Screening continues

48 dogs tested in September

Lafora Co-ordinator Nora Price writes: Another successful Lafora testing day was held on 21st September and 48 samples are wending their way Dr Minassian in Canada.

Again, our many thanks go to Poole House Veterinary Hospital for hosting the testing session. The Vets, Nurses and reception staff were, as always, wonderful. We were so well looked after and the dogs enjoyed it too. It was so good to meet the owners of the dogs being tested.

Thanks also to Mandy Dance for collating the test results published in the KC Breed Records Supplement. In the second quarter of 2016, there were just 4 litters with untested parents and puppies being at risk of being Lafora-affected. 92% of litters were "safe". The chart below shows the trend in testing results.

PRA: Breeding from Carriers

Advice for breeders

We are often asked what the advice is on whether or not cord1 PRA Carriers should be used for breeding. The DNA test has been available since 2005 so there really is no excuse for anyone to be producing Affected puppies these days.

All the recorded Cord1 PRA results, including Hereditary Clears, are available on the KC website and show the following:
  • Mini Longs - 19% of the dogs recorded are Carriers
  • Mini Smooths - 16%
  • Mini Wires 7%
So, even after all the time people have been using the test, there are still a significant number of Carriers in the populations of each variety. It would be a disaster from a genetic diversity perspective if those Carriers were removed from the gene pool by not breeding from them. They can be mated quite safely to dogs that have been tested Clear, or who are Hereditary Clear.

N.B. Those % figures are Carriers as a percentage of (Hereditary Clear + Clear + Carrier + Affected).

Read Dr. Cathryn Mellersh's (AHT) advice on breeding with Carriers.

Discover Dogs: ExCel London 22-23 October

Is a Dachshund the dog for you?

With only 3 weeks to go until Discover Dogs at Excel, if you’re planning on going, make sure you’ve pre-booked your tickets.

Dachshunds will be one of more than 200 breeds you can meet, so it can all be a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure what breed is right for you. Come and meet the Dachshunds, have a cuddle and speak with experienced owners and breeders. We’ll be able to direct you to good sources of advice and provide guidance on how to find a reputable breeder.

If you can’t face the queues around the Dachshund booths, there’s plenty more to see and do at Discover Dogs.

Have you checked your dog for Harvest Mites?

Autumn epidemics reported in some areas

There have been a number of reports in the press of Harvest Mite epidemics in different parts of the UK. It's that time of year when you might notice your Dachshund scratching or chewing at his legs. Dogs typically pick up the mites from exercising in long grass or leaves and foliage.

Harvest mites can be found in a dog's feet, but they travel up the legs and onto areas like their face and ears.
The best way to check your dog is by looking between the toes on the skin.Look for bright orange/red dust clinging to your dog's skin.
You may find your dog licking or biting at their paws with a sense of urgency if they have harvest mites. There are a number of natural products available to treat an infestation, or you may need to consult your vet and get a prescription of Frontline or Virbac Effipro.

Read more about Harvest Mites and treatments.
More information here.

Dachshund Club Handbook 2014-16

Deadline for adverts extended to 31 October

The new Handbook will be available at the Dachshund Club show in February 2017 and will cost £15. Those of you familiar with the handbook will be aware that it is a unique publication and sold worldwide.
An important part of the handbook is owners' advertisements and all the instructions are included in the booking form (download here). As usual, these can be sent direct to the printers, Higham Press, but nothing will be done with them until you complete the booking form, also attached with the remittance (payable to the Dachshund Club) to John Bennett. Your advertisement will then receive a number which will enable Higham Press to activate it. In addition to cheques, Paypal is also accepted - all details are on the form. 

Please note the latest date for adverts is now the end of OCTOBER.

For the Gallery of Champions, if you have made up a Champion(s) during the three years 2014 -16 please send a 3 generation pedigree with D.O.B., sex, breeder and owner, plus dates when awarded CCs, including the Shows. Also send a photo of the dog(s) with their Registered name on the reverse. Wires, Smooths and Miniature Smooths should be sent to Rebecca Kerry ( and Longs, Miniature Longs and Miniature Wires should be sent to John Bennett (

Breed Clubs really do make a difference

More Clubs are better for dog health!

It's nearly three years since Philippa Robinson published her KarltonIndex review of the work being done by Breed Clubs to safeguard and improve the health of their breeds. You may recall that the work of the Dachshund Breed Council and our clubs resulted in us coming out at number 1 in 2013 (having also "won" in 2011).

Is there was any link between the number of clubs in a breed and their score on the KarltonIndex? Here's an analysis for the Hound Group; Dachshunds are the blue point at the top-right:


On average, Hound breeds with fewer than 5 breed clubs scored 12 (out of 100) on the KI, while breeds with more than 5 clubs scored 26 on the KI.

Looking at the Top 10 KI scoring breeds and comparing them with the 14 breeds that scored zero points in 2013 shows the top breeds have an average of 7 breed clubs per breed. The zero-points clubs average 2 clubs per breed.

There are, of course, good examples of breeds with few clubs who are also doing a great job (as measured by the KI). However, you just need to look at what Philippa found in her top-performing breeds to draw some conclusions about why Hound breeds with more clubs might be making more effort and progress on health matters:
  • There are likely to be more people on committees who are passionate about making a difference for their breed
  • It is easier to find people willing and able to join their Health Committee
  • There are more people to call on to help run health seminars, screening sessions and to promote health initiatives
  • There are more clubs who can fund-raise and make donations to research programmes
  • There are more events at which health matters can be communicated and owners can be engaged in learning how to breed healthier dogs
  • There are more Facebook Groups, Club websites and social media channels being used to reach and involve owners and potential owners in health improvement
Breed Clubs are the catalyst for most of the good work being done across numerous pedigree breeds.

Please support your Breed Clubs by becoming a member and participating in their events (shows, fun days, seminars).

News in brief...

Breed Watch Education Day 2016

The annual Breed Watch Education Day will take place on 27th November 2016 at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa.

This year, the topics will be:

  • Canine Movement
  • Mouth & Dentition
  • Obesity & Body Condition

To view the schedule for the Breed Watch Education Day 2016, click here.

Dachshunds in the Kennel Gazette
The KC's Kennel Gazette will feature Miniature Smooth Dachshunds as the breed of the month, in October. Make sure you get your copy to find out who the panel of contributors nominate as their Best Mini Smooths.


Dates for your diary

Dachshund of the Year 2016
The 14th Dachshund of the Year will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at the Yew Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Packington Hill, Kegworth, DE74 2DF.
Start Time: 10.30a.m. 
Tickets will be on sale at The Dachshund Club Show on 19th November 2017 and through the club’s online shop.

Crufts 2017

The Kennel Club has announced the qualification criteria for Crufts 2017.

The closing dates for postal entries for Crufts 2017 will be Monday 9th January 2017, but those entering online will be able to do so until Monday 23rd January 2016. Any dog which qualifies for Crufts 2017 after 9th January 2017 may only be entered online. Crufts will be held on 9-12th March 2017. Dachshunds will be on 9th March.

Rescue and Welfare

Dachshund Rescue
The independent rescue and welfare charity for UK Dachshunds. Website here. Temporary help for owners is provided by Daxaid.

October 2016

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