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March 2019

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Dachshund Registrations 1999-2018

The Kennel Club has published registration statistics for 2018 and we have updated our trend graphs (below).

Smooths = 450, Longs  = 216, Wires  = 735

Mini Smooths = 7008, Mini Longs = 1117, Mini Wires = 851

Although registrations of Standard Smooths and Wires did not increase at the rate of recent years, it’s too soon to say whether the popularity of these varieties has plateaued. In the Miniatures, the inexorable rise in popularity of the Mini Smooths continues to cause us concern. The Mini Smooths are now the KC’s 9th most popular breed.

Lafora Screening for Mini Wires

The following statement has been issued by the Wire Club:

Unfortunately, the Lafora testing facility in Canada is now no longer available due to staff changes. Therefore, the club recommends breeders to use the Laboklin testing laboratory.
However, it is strongly recommended that every third generation is retested in order to highlight any carriers that may have been overlooked.  As a club, we hope the conscientious will adhere to this recommendation.


Find out more about Lafora Disease.

We are grateful to Mandy Dance, Chair of the Wirehaired Dachshund Club (WHDC), for analysing the Lafora Test results published in the Winter 2018 KC Breed Records Supplement.

55 of the 58 litters (95%) were "safe", with puppies born with no risk of Lafora because of the test status of their parents. Overall, in 2018, 6% of litters were unsafe and at risk of containing Affected puppies.
To register your interest, please sign up using the link on the study advert and feel free to email Alex Davies at any time should you have any questions. Thank you for you support in helping us improve Dachshund welfare!

Canine Dystocia data from UK emergency vet practices
O'Neill et al have published an open access paper on the risks of canine dystocia (difficulty giving birth) and how it is managed. The source data is from 50 VetsNow emergency clinics in the UK, covering 701 bitches. The reported prevalence of dystocia in an emergency caseload was just under 4%.
Our own DachsLife 2018 survey found dystocia rates between 1% and 6% for the different Dachshund varieties. A previous VetCompass study found Miniature Dachshunds to be 8 times more likely to have dystocia than the base-comparison crossbred bitches. There was no data on Standard Dachshunds in that paper.

2019 Judging Lists

The latest Dachshund Breed Council Judging List, listing all judges on our A1, A2, A3, B and C lists can be downloaded from the link below.  This excludes addresses. but includes telephone numbers. For a full list, please contact the Secretary.

Applications and amendments for the 2019 judging list closed on 30th November 2018.  Applications received after the closing date will be processed as received during 2019 and confirmation given by the Secretary as to whether or not the application is successful and in which category their details will appear on the 2020 list. 

DBC Judging List 2019

Back Disease Literature Review

We have published a new page on our IVDD website summarising a recent literature review of IVDD research.
The summary covers:
  • Common forms of IVDD
  • Prognosis of dogs with IVDD
  • Conservative treatment
  • Surgical treatment
  • Recurrence rates


Truffle-hunting Seminar!

Andrea Misto Mytkowicz is a dog trainer and certified truffle hunter. He is a member of the Governing Council of AIECI and a Mantrailing Judge for CSEN. 

Andrea has been giving seminars about truffle hunting, mantrailing and K9 detection across Italy. He has a deep passion for everything that has to do with scent and dogs.

He will be running a seminar in Leicestershire on April 17th 2019.

Booking details here. Our newsletter readers can get 10% off (needs to be entered at the checkout) using this code: TFF1910
According to new research, vets suspect that a third of the puppies they treat are illegal imports. Check out our 8 clues that you might be buying from a puppy farmer or dealer.

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Olivia and Martin Green who are fundraising for IVDD. In less than a week, they have raised over £400. If they hit their £500 target before the end of March, they will aim for £1000 by the end of April when the fundraiser ends.

Last year, sadly they lost their Dachshund Renner to IVDD and Myelomalacia at just 6 years old.

Find out more about Myelomalacia.

Check out our new Breed Health and Conservation Plan - developed by the Kennel Club with the Breed Council's Health Committee. View our presentation here.
Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
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Dates for your diary...

ECDA Seminar and A2 Assessment 24/3/19 - contact Minna Hagan (Assessment is now fully booked)
Discover Dogs (7-10 March) and Hound Day at Crufts (9th March)
WEDA Breed Seminar 14/4/19 - contact Roger Hayward

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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