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March 2018

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Find out about Dachshunds at Discover Dogs at Crufts 8-11 March at the NEC, Birmingham. (Hosted by the Midland Dachshund Club)

Dachtastic at Crufts 2018

The Dachtastic Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Obreedience team have made it to the finals for the second year running! Last year’s support from the audience was amazing and really helped calm the team’s nerves, seeing all those flags waving them on.
They want to beat their fabulous 3rd place from last year, but can’t do this without everyone’s support.
Once you have finished shopping, catching up with everyone and need a sit-down, take a pew in the obreedience ring (Hall 5) around 4.30pm and support them!

Danish Dachshund Club update on IVDD DNA Test

The Danish Dachshund Club has issued a press release with the results of its review of the "DNA test for IVDD" which was announced by UC Davis last year.

The DNA test has been tested in 77 high-calcification graded dogs, with increased risk of disc prolapse (K6-K15), as well as 77 dogs with low K-numbers and low risk of disc prolapse (K0 or K1). The relationship between the risk mutation and the number of calcifications is not good. Very few dogs have been found without the mutation. Of the long-haired, all tested dogs have two copies of the mutation. The conclusion of the study is, unfortunately, that researchers cannot recommend us to use the DNA test offered from VGL / UC Davis. 

Their conclusions reflect our initial concerns about the claimed test and our advice remains that X-ray screening is the only viable test available currently. Read the full report,

Working with the AHT, we have provided 100 DNA samples for the UCD lab to test. These are from a cross-section of UK dogs that have had IVDD herniations and from healthy dogs. As soon as we have the results, we will share them.

11 out of 12 Mini Wire litters are now safe from Lafora Disease

We are grateful to Mandy Dance, Chair of the Wirehaired Dachshund Club, for analysing the latest KC Breed Records Supplement data on Mini Wire litters. Her analysis shows that just 1 in 12 litters bred during 2017 was at risk of including puppies affected by Lafora Disease. Given that there is a DNA test, there is simply no excuse for this.


The Breed Council's advice to buyers is "walk away from any litter where the breeder cannot prove that at least one of the parents is Clear of the Lafora mutation".


For Breed Club members, our Code of Ethics says they:

  1. Will use all Health Scheme tests currently required or recommended for the KC Assured Breeder Scheme on all breeding stock.

  2. Will make responsible decisions in the light of Health Scheme test results to avoid producing clinically affected puppies and will follow any breeding advice issued under each scheme prior to breeding.

  3. Will not allow any of my dogs to be used irresponsibly at stud…
    (a) any bitch must have had KC required or recommended health tests (or be hereditary clear) and therefore any puppies produced will NOT be affected.


    The trend graph of "safe" and "unsafe" litters since 2012 is shown below.


The next Lafora Screening session takes place on March 28th in Litchfield. Contact Sue Holt to book a place.


Fighting the Asian Dog Meat Trade

Lesley Andrews' Mini Wire Dachshund, Maggie, suffers from Lafora Disease but she has been fundraising to help end the dog meat trade in Thailand. So far, she has raised over £3000 and has even funded a small sterile building at one of the shelters which is named after her. If you would like to support Lesley and Maggie on their 10 mile sponsored walk to raise more funds, head over to their Justgiving page.

All about Dachshunds - Seminar & Workshop

The Southern Dachshund Association is planning to run a seminar/ workshop on 29th September 2018. The venue will be Pirbright Village Hall, near Guildford. At the moment, they are still considering what topics to include but the day will be designed to provide information and advice to new and potential Dachshund owners. You won’t have to be a member of SDA to come along.

SDA would like your help to shape the final agenda and content. The format is likely to involve a series of presentations combined with hands-on help and advice workshops for small groups.

The seminar will not be tailored to teach potential judges about the Breed Standard.

Please let SDA know which topics would be of interest to you by completing their survey (2 questions only), here.


Walks against IVDD

Join "Walks Against IVDD" on their monthly walks to help fight against IVDD in our beloved Dachshunds. These virtual walks are open to ALL dog walkers, ANYWHERE in the country. Simply sign up for this month's challenge & share your #WalkAgainstIVDD pics to earn your rosette.
All profit from every entry (minus minimal running costs) is donated to research against IVDD. Let's put a STOP to this heartbreaking disease. 
Thank you to Dawn Branley for organising "Walks against IVDD". 

Scottish DC Breed Seminar

The Scottish Dachshund Club are hosting a Breed Seminar & Mentoring Session at Middleton Village Hall, EH23 4QU on Sunday 15th April, the day after the Hound association of Scotland Championship Show. The morning session & Breed Standard will be presented by Lesley McNaughton (Cedavoch Longs & Smooths) with the chance of taking the Dachshund Breed Council multiple choice exam. A buffet lunch & afternoon mentoring session will take place with the total cost of the day just £15 or £10 without the exam. All enquiries to express your interest as soon as possible please as numbers are limited; by e-mail to quoting SDC Seminar in the subject field. A booking form will then be sent to you.

Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
Download the full DBC Health Report 2017 (pdf).

Dates for your diary...

  • 9th March: Crufts Hound Day (and Discover Dogs)
  • 28th March: Lafora Screening Day (Contact
  • 15th April: Scottish DC Breed Seminar

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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