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January 2019

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2018 Breed Health Survey 

We had over 2500 responses to our Breed Survey which closed on 30th November. Thank you to everyone who has participated. The main focus of the survey was Cancers and Tumours and the good news is that 93% of dogs in the survey reported none of these. The average age of diagnosis of cancers was 9 and, as you would probably expect, they are generally a condition of older age. 60% of cases were reported as benign and 40% as malignant.


The survey ran from 1/9/18 to 30/11/18.

You can find all the results so far in a presentation here.

You can read the cancer summary infographic here.

Sausage Dog Days, written by Candy Roberts, was published just before Christmas. The book is available from Candy in both hardback and paperback. Details of how to buy a copy are on the SausageDogDays Facebook page. All the profits from this crowd-funded project will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council and Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD. Thank you to everyone who has funded Sausage Dog Days and helped Candy to raise the magnificent sum of £1,800.

Support our charity: Dachshund Health UK

Dachshund Health UK is a registered charity (Registered Charity Number 1177400) which has been established to help support our research and health improvement activities, including education of owners and buyers. 

Support our charity by shopping at
Amazon Smile.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible 
AmazonSmile purchases to Dachshund Health UK.

Neutering as a risk factor for IVDD

In our 2015 DachsLife Survey we identified an association between neuter status and IVDD. This was reported in a peer-reviewed paper published in 2018.

These findings were replicated in our recent DachsLife 2018 health survey. Our advice to owners remains as per the published paper:

(IVDH = Intervertebral Disc Herniation)

The Red Foundation started in 2017 as an emergency fundraiser to help owners who needed to re-home their Dachshunds. In December, they announced they had been awarded charitable status as a UK Registered Charity.

We now have 2 registered Rescue charities working in the UK which is, sadly, a reflection on the unprecedented growth in popularity of the breed, particularly Mini Smooths. This has led to an influx of unsuitable breeders selling to novice buyers who are unaware to the breed's characteristics. 

Dachshund Rescue, the original breed rescue organisation, has been in existence for over 40 years. It was set up by the Dachshund Club and Longhaired Dachshund Club.

What's the problem with "Queen Anne Fronts"?

There has been lots of discussion on Social Media about Dachshund front feet and 'Queen Anne Legs' and whether or not they are 'normal'. The Dachshunds in the pictures above have correct fronts (they also have good ground clearance).

It's all a matter of degree - literally. The Dachshund Breed Standard says that front legs should either face forwards or be only very slightly turned out - and for very good health reasons.  

This is NOT just for looks - it’s to ensure the dog is ‘fit for purpose’ as it grows up it is not likely be in pain or have restricted movement later in life, so it's just as important for pet buyers as those who want to show.  

It happens because one bone grows faster than the other, twisting the leg and making the legs bow and the foot turn out. It is relatively common in Dachshunds because they are a dwarf breed that tends to have deformed legs (just as many humans who have dwarfism do). If the 'Queen Anne leg' angle is particularly pronounced, then it can cause severe pain and may even eventually need an operation. That's why responsible and knowledgeable breeders will not breed from a dog with very noticeably turned out feet - however cute and appealing (so yet another thing to look out for in the mum, and dad if he's there when going to view a puppy!).  

It's also one of the reasons why the Dachshund Breed Council recommends only daily walking 5 minutes per month of life for puppies up to 12 months as over-exercise can cause all sorts of issues with growth plates.

See also our page about Pes Varus.

Why is it preferable to buy a KC Registered Dachshund?


Attention all B and C List Judges
Lloyd Cross, Breed Education Coordinator (BEC) for Dachshunds asks all those people who are currently on a Breed Council B or C judging list to get in touch as he needs to send you information to clarify what you need to do to move from the current judging system to the new JCF.
Lloyd can be contacted by email - or call 01945 582958, or text to 07985 126051.
Dachshund temperaments - what are they like to live with?
In November 2018, an Open Access paper “Prevailing Clusters of Canine Behavioural Traits in Historical US Demand for Dog Breeds (1926–2005)” was published. The analysis identified 6 clusters of breeds, each of which had behavioural traits in common. Dachshunds were in the small-breed cluster of dogs that score high on aggression, fear, separation, excitability and are motivated by owner attention.

In 2012, we conducted a survey of Dachshund temperaments and had around 1400 responses. The summary is available here

The majority (85%) of Dachshunds were described by their owners as Always or Often Outgoing and Friendly, but 1 in 50 was described as Never behaving in this way.  We tend to describe Dachshunds as being a noisy breed, after all they were originally developed to have a loud bark. 15% of owners said theirs Always or Often barks excessively or persistently.

The vast majority of Dachshunds live their lives as family pets in a home environment and are neither “working” dogs, nor kenneled.  Their temperaments therefore need to reflect that lifestyle and the expectations of their owners that they will be able to live long, happy lives as pets.  We do have to recognise the breed's working origins and the fact that their temperaments were originally suited to their work. The UK Breed Standard describes the Dachshund as “Faithful, versatile and good tempered”.  They are also described as: “Intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, obedient”.  

IVDD Screening Offer

Thanks to some amazing fund-raising, Dachshund Health UK is able to offer a limited number of IVDD screening sessions with a £200 subsidy during January 2019. The normal subsidy is £100.

In order to participate in the screening programme and qualify for the discounted screening fee and subsidised scoring, your Dachshund must meet the following criteria:

  1. X-rays of the vertebral column are taken when the dog is between 2 and 4 years of age (24-48 months)
  2. The dog will be used in a breeding programme (i.e. either as a stud dog or a brood bitch)
  3. The dog is registered at the UK Kennel Club


To apply for one of the 10 subsidised tests, please email - one dog per owner, first come, first served.


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Dates for your diary...

Online Calendar of UK Dachshund shows and events

On the internet...

New on our websites...

Do you know someone with a Dachshund with IVDD? Recovery can be long and painful for both dog (and owner) so why not let them know that you're thinking of them with this lovely 'Got Your Back' sausage dog card? Cards are available, either singly or in packs of 5 (get 5 cards for the price of 4).

Order from Selina Knox at 

NB The entire purchase price of these cards will be donated to the Dachshund Breed Council's IVDD research fund.

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