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Dachshund IVDD update

IVDD Screening and website news

Some end of year statistics for you. We've now got 530 members in our IVDD Facebook Group and our website has had over 10,000 visitors in the 2 months since we launched. 8,000 of those visits were in the first two weeks. We're now averaging just under 300 visitors each week. The "Lifestyle Advice" and "Testing for IVDD" pages are the most visited pages.

So far, one person has had their Dachshund screened using the Breed Council's subsidised scheme. A true pioneer!

Our website now has information on how to get your dog screened if you would prefer your own vet to do this.

If your Dachshund is between 24 and 48 months old, and will be used for breeding (bitch or stud), you are eligible for our subsidised screening.

The aim of the X-ray screening is to detect calcified intervertebral discs. Dachshunds that have a high number of clearly calcified intervertebral discs at a young age have a higher risk of developing disc prolapse in later life. A relatively high heritability for the development of calcified discs has been found in the breed.

X-raying for calcifications is a useful tool to help breeders predict the risk of IVDD. Studies have shown that breeding from parents with low numbers of calcifications is likely to produce offspring with low numbers of calcifications, and vice versa.

Sausage Army Calendar 2017

£800 raised for our Health Fund

The 2017 #SausageArmy Calendar sold out and a donation of £800 has been made to our Health Fund. That's more than double last year's donation.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who bought a calendar and to Kate for organising this once again.

If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #SausageArmy to follow @Fonz_ and his friends.

The year-end balance in the Health Fund was £26,685.  This includes approx. £13,600 ring-fenced for IVDD research and £4,100 ring-fenced for the Give-a-dog-a-genome project. We are very grateful to all those people who continue to raise money for the IVDD fund which include various Facebook Groups who have held walks and fund-raisers during the year.
The Dachshund Club's "Loose Change Challenge" for 2016 ended in November having raised nearly £500 and has raised over £1,700 since it was launched in 2012. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and thanks also to everyone who is participating in the 2017 challenge.
A donation of £1,000 was made to Dr. Minassian’s Lafora research project and £1,000 for the first phase of the Give-a-dog-a-genome project.

Letting Daisy go

Pat Debley's tribute to her Mini Wire

Some of you will have heard of Daisy, either through this newsletter or maybe the Lafora Dogs website or Mini Dachs magazine.

However, Daisy suffered from Lafora’s disease for 7 plus years. Latterly, her life came down to food and cuddles plus a cocktail of drugs to keep her going. Thankfully she was not in pain at all.

On 7th December she had a normal morning enjoying breakfast and lunch and a little walk in the garden. It was then that I noticed she was listing very slightly to the right and immediately thought she had suffered a small stroke. Following that it was difficult keeping her resting in her bed, and when she got out to walk around she was off balance. This led to a massive seizure and it was then that I took her to our vet.

Unfortunately and very sadly they could not stabilise her and I was advised that even if she stopped fitting, thereafter she would not be the same little dog. That meant I had no choice but to let her go. To say it was heart-wrenching would be an understatement. Daisy and I had been 'joined at the hip’ for the past 7 years but I loved her so much and knew I owed it to her to stop her suffering and let her go to

I owe a large debt to the care she has received from neurologist Clare Rusbridge and also my local team at Downwood Veterinary Centre. They have not only looked after Daisy well but have also supported me throughout her illness.

Life for me will never be the same again. Daisy was a wonderful little dog and so full of love. It was cruel that she had Lafora’s disease and therefore had what would have been a normal life thrown completely into chaos.

I still have her son Bertie who has had Lafora for 4 years now and is 1 of only 2 puppies out of 7 to have developed the disease.

I am hopeful that some day soon a treatment will be found for this disease and thereby helping both children and Mini Wire owners.

Ed: Thank you Pat, Daisy and Bertie for all the fundraising you have done for dogs with Lafora Disease.

Registration of Recessive Coats

KC Press Release

The KC issued the following Press Release in December. There is no mention of the need to carry out health screening for known hereditary conditions, nor for coat testing to ensure the coat is truly recessive.

Dachshunds born in litters of a different coat type to that of their parents, due to recessive genes, are now eligible to be entered in the register of the breed to which their coat most closely conforms, the Kennel Club has announced.

Annex D to Regulation B has been amended as follows:

1. When Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) are mated any dog in the resulting litter shall be eligible for entry in the register of the breed to which its coat most closely conforms. Therefore, progeny may also be registered as Chihuahuas (Long Coat).

2. When Belgian Shepherd Dogs are mated any dog in the resulting litter shall be entered in the register of the breed to which its coat and/or colour most closely conforms.

3. When Collies (Smooth) are mated any dog in the resulting litter shall be eligible for entry in the register of the breed to which its coat most closely conforms. Therefore, progeny may also be registered as Collies (Rough).

4. When Dachshunds are mated any dog in the resulting litter shall be entered in the register of the breed to which its coat most closely conforms. This proviso does not allow for the interchange of Dachshunds between the two sizes.

(Addition in bold)

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It makes sense that Dachshunds born with a different coat type to that of their parents should be eligible to be entered in the register of the breed to which their coat most closely conforms, especially as a precedent already exists with the Chihuahua, Belgian Shepherd Dog and Collie breeds. However, we would point out that the Kennel Club reserves the right to DNA profile any litters where parentage may be in question.”

Statement by Ian J Seath, Chairman Dachshund Breed Council & Roger Sainsbury BVM&S, MRCVS, Chairman Dachshund Health Committee:

This is a re-issue of an announcement made by the KC earlier this year which was subsequently withdrawn after our Health Committee asked them to think about safeguards with respect to  health. Although we were happy that Dachshund puppies born with recessive coats would be able to be registered as the breed with that coat, we had reservations because of the real risk of known genetic conditions being transferred from one breed to another. In particular, we were concerned that with nearly half the DNA tested Mini Wires carrying the Lafora (myoclonic epilepsy) mutation, this disease could be introduced to the Mini Smooth gene pool by registering puppies with recessive smooth coats. Clearly, we now need to understand why the KC feels the risk does not warrant DNA health testing as a prerequisite for registering recessive coated Dachshund puppies.

Read more about Recessive Coats.


Other news in brief...

Boxing Day walk in S. Wales

Charlotte Baldwin organised a "Sausage Dog Walk" on Boxing Day and 350-400 Dachshunds attended from all over the UK. Charlotte raised £1217 for her Dachshunds with IVDD Support Group. Funds enable the group to provide strollers, wheelchairs and therapy for dogs with IVDD. Read more in Wales Online.


20 videos on how to strip a Wire's coat

A collection of 20 videos on how to hand-strip the coat of a Wirehaired Dachshund has been published here. Of course, if you have a Pin Wire you won't need to watch these

How to hold a Dachshund properly

For those new to owing Dachshunds, there's a great 11-step illustrated guide on how to pick up, hold and put down a Dachshund. Essential reading for new owners and to teach children what to do.

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.

January 2017

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