View this email in your browser

April 2021

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our DachsLife 2021 breed health survey. With around 9500 responses, we have a fantastic set of data to analyse and to help us draw conclusions about allergies and skin disease in the breed.

As with our 2015 IVDD and Lifestyle Survey we will aim to publish practical advice for buyers and owners, based on the 2021 findings.

We will report our findings as quickly as we can and there will be several reports as we work our way through the data over the next few months.

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre has a new home

Following the announcement in July 2020 of the closure of the Animal Health Trust, we are delighted to announce that The Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) will officially re-open and be located within the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Here, the centre’s vital research into dog genetics and inherited canine conditions can continue.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has funded the centre since its initial launch at the Animal Health Trust in 2009. The new centre will continue to be led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh and will resume its mission to research genetic mutations and assist in developing breeding tools for some of the most common and debilitating inherited conditions in dogs. The Kennel Club and the KCGC team will work together to ensure that the centre’s research targets conditions that have the greatest impact on the health of dogs. The full statement released by the Kennel Club can be read here.
Read the full version of our 2020 Breed Health Report at:

RVC Research Project - can you help?

Veterinary student, Charlotte Fletcher's research project is entitled "The Long and the Short of it: the effect of thoracic and lumbar spine lengths, and hair coat type of miniature dachshunds on the development of Intervertebral Disc Extrusion (IVDE)" and has two questions:

  1. Does the ratio between thoracic and lumbar spine length influence the development of IVDE in miniature dachshunds?

  2. Within the three dachshund coat types (short, long, and wire haired), is one group overrepresented in miniature dachshunds presenting to neurologists with IVDE?

To form the control group for the study, Charlotte is recruiting owners of miniature dachshunds over the age of one with no previous spinal injury or disease to take measurements of their dog's spine. There are a few questions to answer through a Google Forms survey with instructions on 'How To Measure' included in a link embedded in the description. The neurology departments at the Royal Veterinary College Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Hannover are collecting patient measurements to form the 'IVDE affected' group.

8 tips for keeping a senior Dachshund fit

Just like people, even the most energetic of puppies slow down with age. It’s normal for senior dachshunds to lose energy and gain weight, but keeping your dog in good shape inside and out will help him live a long and happy life. Here are some top tips to keep your senior dog’s inner puppy thriving. You can read the full blog post here.
  • Stay active
  • Provide a balanced diet
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Take care of your dog's skin and coat
  • Take care with jumping and stair-climbing
  • Provide mental stimulation
  • Keep comfortable
  • Visit the vet regularly

IVDD Screening in Denmark


An article, based on a recently published research paper, has been published in the Danish Veterinary Journal DVT. In summary, it says:

Disc herniation is a complex inherited, painful disorder that poses the biggest health problem among dachshunds. 
The breeding work has for years been based on back x-rays to determine the number of calcifications (K-number). Calcified discs can develop into prolapse, and the K number is therefore indicative of the risk. A mutation on chromosome 12 has recently been associated with the risk of disc herniation, and based on this finding, a DNA test has been offered.

In this article, we compare the validity of the K-number and the DNA test result, respectively, as a tool in the effort to reduce the incidence of disc herniation in dachshunds.

In a questionnaire survey of 122 back-photographed dachshunds, researchers examined the accuracy of the current breeding programme based on this method. Dogs with ≥ 5 calcifications are 14 times more likely to develop disc herniation than dogs with <5 calcifications. Back x-rays and the limit value of <5 calcifications are therefore a good selection and prognostic tool.

For comparison, researchers examined the validity of the DNA test by genotyping 151 back-screened dachshunds. The frequency of the mutation allele was very high - even among those with few calcifications. Only seven wire-haired and one smooth-haired dachshund were free of the mutation. As the DNA test would thus exclude almost all dachshunds from breeding, including those with few or no calcifications, it cannot be recommended.

[Translated by Google Translate from Danish]

Read our UK summary of this, here.

Raise donations for Dachshund Health UK whenever you shop online.

Chances to learn - Upcoming Seminars

Coming soon: Cambridge Vet School IVDD Research - webinar. Look out for details at

Longhaired Dachshund Club Breed Appreciation Day 17/4/21 - contact Annette Latham-Jackson

Details of rescheduled dates for seminars will be announced in future newsletters. 

The Pet Professionals' online courses are designed to help responsible pet owners improve their knowledge on how to look after their pet. Written by qualified professionals, their online courses guide you, at your own pace, though your learning.

The buying and owning a Dachshund course provides you with the key things you need to know before buying and how to take best care of your pet. You can watch the taster videos from the clips below.

Naturally Happy Dogs - now on YouTube!

Get FREE videos to train and entertain both you and your dog, now on YouTube! Exercise their brain as much as their body. Teach a trick, learn something new, change or teach a behaviour.

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Everyone who has supported DHUK during March: Rosie Ward, Marcela Oliviera, Jeanette Moore, Clare Calderwood, Andrew Rourke, Whippet Breed Council, Merete Stringfellow, Raymond Snape, Lucy Tregarthen, Alison Watson.

If you want to support Dachshund Health UK, you can set up a regular donation here.

Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
Read the weekly Dachshund Breed Notes here.
Have you subscribed to get a weekly email notification?

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.

Forward to a friend
Copyright © 2021 Dachshund Breed Council, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

You can unsubscribe from our Mailing List at any time. We will only use your contact information to send you information about the Breed Council and our member clubs. We will not share your contact details with a third party.

If this newsletter has been forwarded to you, you can subscribe here.