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New Breedwatch Guide

Advice for judges and exhibitors

The Kennel Club has published a fantastic new resource for judges and exhibitors to explain the requirements of Breed Watch.

The new guide is available to access from the KC website as a pdf, here.

Breed Watch offers opportunities for judges to develop their understanding and raises awareness of health and welfare, ensuring it remains a key priority when judging and exhibiting dogs at shows. The new resource features guidance for judges on individual breeds, the regulations that apply to judges when judging breeds within the Breed Watch categories and further information on how the Kennel Club uses information received from judges to work with breeds to make health and welfare improvements.

If you would like to request a hard copy of the booklet, click here.

For Dachshund exhibitors and judges, the three Miniature varieties are listed in Breedwatch Category 2 where the point of concern is body weight/condition. This relates, primarily, to dogs that may appear to be thin. The Breed Council’s guidance on Dachshund body weight and condition is here.

Sausage Army Calendar 2017

Fundraising for our Health Fund

The 2017 #SausageArmy Calendar has recently gone on sale. Last year, 100 were sold and this year’s target is 180. All profits go to the Dachshund Breed Council Health Fund. Thanks, once again to Kate and Fonz who you can follow on Twitter @Fonz_

Order yours by sending payment via PayPal to

£10 UK, £15 Europe (GBP), $19.50 Rest of the World (USD)

Please select “Friends/Family” to ensure more funds go to the Health Fund and list the quantity required and your full postal address in the “Comments”.

DISA website launch

New support for IVDD in Australia

Our friends in Australia have launched a new IVDD support website!

Their press release says:
It's time to start learning about IVDD! If you're looking for information on all things IVDD related, look no further. The website is in its beginning stages and, over the coming months, even further information will be added, as well as a few exciting surprises!

This website would not have been possible without an amazing team of dedicated volunteers, who have spent many months working silently in the background, often agonising over content, direction & layout … but never forgetting the primary reason why we are here! The website comes to you from a genuine love of the dachshund breed and the hope that one day we can be instrumental in finding a solution to this disease. The DISA team sends a big thank you to those who have worked on the site for their amazing commitment and dedication.


You can find results of Australian IVDD Screening tests here, on the National Dachshund Council's website.


Don't forget, we have our own UK IVDD website with advice for UK owners and all the information you need to take part in our X-ray Screening Programme.

Mini Wire Lafora Screening

Latest results show a positive trend


These are the latest results from our Lafora Screening programme. 
60 litters were listed in the Autumn 2016 Breed Records Supplement, of which 5 were from two untested parents, potentially producing 19 at risk puppies. Statistically, we would expect 2 of these to be Lafora Affected.
Apart from 2 of the safe litters, all were from Clear Stud Dogs; these two were untested dogs mated to Clear bitches. Over half the bitches used were either untested or Carriers which suggests many owners of bitches are relying on finding Clear stud dogs.

All the test results are available on the KC website so anyone wishing to research pedigrees can do this easily. 

To reserve a place on our next Screening Day, please contact

Other news in brief...


Breedwatch Education Day 2016

You can find summaries of the presentations from this year's seminar at the links below:
Dachshunds in the news
Eastern Counties Dachshund Association's November Open Show attracted an entry of over 160 dogs and attracted the attention of the local press. The Cambridge Evening News sent a photogpraher and the show was featured on their website. Check out the photos here.

There was also a feature on the popularity of Dachshunds in the Times in October. This was repeated around the world with advice from the Breed Council on the pros and cons of owning a Dachshund.

The US Presidential Debate
The US election is over and we know the result, but did you see the Weiner Dog 2 minute video of the candidates' debate?

Watch "Trump vs. Clinton" here.

2017 Judging Lists
You only have a few weeks left to send your updated CV to our Judging Sub-committee. If you think you qualify for a different list in 2017, please e-mail your CV to the Secretary.

Dates for your diary

Dachshund of the Year 2016
The 14th Dachshund of the Year will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at the Yew Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Packington Hill, Kegworth, DE74 2DF.
Start Time: 10.30a.m. 
Tickets will be on sale at The Dachshund Club Show on 19th November 2017 and through the club’s online shop.

Crufts 2017

The Kennel Club has announced the qualification criteria for Crufts 2017.

The closing dates for postal entries for Crufts 2017 will be Monday 9th January 2017, but those entering online will be able to do so until Monday 23rd January 2016. Any dog which qualifies for Crufts 2017 after 9th January 2017 may only be entered online. Crufts will be held on 9-12th March 2017. Dachshunds will be on 9th March.

Rescue and Welfare

Dachshund Rescue
The independent rescue and welfare charity for UK Dachshunds. Website here. Temporary help for owners is provided by Daxaid.

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