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June 2018

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We will be at Dachshund Town in Milton Keynes on June 9th to answer questions about Dachshunds. Come and say hello.

All about Dachshunds - seminar

The Southern Dachshund Association is running a seminar/workshop on 29th September 2018. The venue will be Pirbright Village Hall, near Guildford. The day will be designed to provide information and advice to existing, new and potential Dachshund owners. You don’t have to be a member of SDA to come along.
The format will include 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.

Speakers include:

  • Helen Geeson - genetics of coat and colour
  • Mandy Dance - owning & living with a dachshund
  • Tina West - grooming
  • Sue Ergis - breeding
  • Ian Seath - health and health screening
Tickets are £15/person, including refreshments. Contact to book a place.

RVC Companion Animal Brain Bank Project

Can you help?
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are investigating opinions on setting up a Companion Animal Brain Bank.

Neurological diseases (those affecting the brain, spinal cord or nerves) can cause severe and debilitating symptoms in humans and companion animals, resulting in lifelong challenges for carers and owners.

Many brain diseases currently have no effective treatments and research is restricted by a lack of available brain tissue to carry out research on. This restriction is being overcome by establishing brain banks, secure stores where samples of brain tissue are kept after a patient has died or been euthanised.

The goals of the Royal Veterinary College’s Companion Animal Brain Bank are to:

  • Routinely collect brain tissue from dogs that are euthanised because of brain disease.

  • Allow veterinarians and owners to obtain a more accurate diagnosis of their pet’s brain disease.

  • Provide dog brain tissue to human and veterinary researchers across the UK.

  • Allow researchers to gain a better understanding of brain diseases at a cellular and molecular level.

  • Provide comparisons between human and dog brain diseases to better understand how brain diseases work. In turn this could lead to novel or improved treatments for pets and humans.

RVC would like owners to complete their survey and share their views on brain banks:

Companion Animal Brain Bank Survey

Candy Jones has written Sausage Dog Days, an exciting and beautifully illustrated children's picture book, to raise funds and awareness for charities supporting dachshunds who
suffer from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). You can help Candy to publish Sausage Dog Days by pledging to buy a copy of
this brand new picture-book. Every penny raised, after costs, will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council and Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD.

Visit Candy's Crowdfunding site and show your support. Thanks!
Candy's story on YouTube

LHDC Seminar and A2 Assessment

Lafora Screening update


An analysis of the latest KC Breed Records Supplement shows that 98% of the registered Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund litters were "safe"; i.e. Lafora Screening by their breeders means puppies will not be "Affected".


Of the 42 litters registered in Spring 2018, only 1 was unsafe with neither parent tested for Lafora. The updated trend graph is shown below.


Many thanks to Mandy Dance, Chairman of the Wirehaired Dachshund Club for analysing the data.


Read more about Lafora Disease and Health Screening.


Double Trouble!

We are grateful to Beverley Campbell for writing an interesting article and to Jacqui Slater for the additional information about how difficult it can be to identify some Dapples and for allowing us to share their photographs.

Can you spot the Dapple Dachshund among these puppies? Read the full article here.

If anyone is intending to breed a dapple dog to a dog that looks like a non-dapple, make 100% sure that you know the partner is really what you think it is – and the only way to do that is through a DNA test.


Read more about breeding and health testing.

View our presentations on coat and colour.


Have a go at Dog Showing

This event will be run in conjunction with the SDA Open Show at Pirbright Village Hall (near Guildford) on Sunday 24th June 2018. Anyone who hasn’t shown before or who has less than a year’s experience and who wants to find out what’s involved in showing a Dachshund is welcome to attend. You don’t have to enter the show to take part in this. It’s a bit of fun and education for newcomers.

This will only run if the weather is dry and the classes can be held outside. Start time 12:00. Free!

Places are limited: contact the Chairman to reserve your place.

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". 
A series of walks around the UK on 7th October 2018 to raise funds for Dachshunds with IVDD, the Red Foundation and the Dachshund Breed Council's IVDD Screening Programme.
Look out for details on Facebook.
Find out about IVDD Screening
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Dates for your diary...

  • Dachshund Town Festival Milton Keynes 9th June
  • WHDC Fun Day 22nd July, Warwickshire
  • LHDC Seminar & A2 22nd July, Wolverhampton
  • SDA "All about Dachshunds" 29/9/18 - Pirbright

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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