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Registration of Recessive Coated Dachshunds

DNA testing is now a requirement

Last year, the Kennel Club decided to amend Annex D to the B regulations, allowing the registration of Dachshunds born with a recessive coat type.

The Dachshund Breed Council expressed concern that this could lead to Lafora’s disease, a debilitating neurological condition which currently affects only Miniature Wire Haired Dachshunds, from entering the gene pool of other varieties.

After careful consideration, the Kennel Club Board have approved a recommendation from the Dog Health Group that the progeny of any Dachshund from two Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund parents, registered as a different coat type to their parents, must have a coat type DNA test as a condition of registration, and will be endorsed by the Kennel Club (R progeny not eligible for registration). The endorsement will be removed only should a clear Lafora’s test result be produced or if both parents are either tested as clear, or shown to be hereditarily clear from the condition.

This comes into immediate effect and the Kennel Club has written to Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund Breeders to advise them of this change. 

Breed Council Chairman Ian Seath said "We are delighted and relieved that the Kennel Club listened to the case we presented. All our Breed Clubs agreed it was important to put measures in place to avoid knowingly introducing the Lafora mutation in the other varieties via recessive coat registrations."

Gill Key, Pet Advisor on the Breed Council's Health Committee said "I owned a Miniature Wire affected badly by Lafora and have supported many owners with similarly affected dogs. The thought of accidentally spreading this particularly severe and ultimately life-changing form of inherited epilepsy into other varieties of KC registered Dachshund was horrific. This change of Kennel Club policy to require DNA testing before registration and endorsement of any progeny is both extremely sensible and welcome".

Roger Sainsbury, Chairman of the Breed Council's Health Committee said "Allowing recessive coated Dachshunds to register in the appropriate breed for their coat will help improve the size of the gene pool for these breeds. I am very happy that the Kennel Club have now put testing in place which will prevent Lafora disease from being accidentally introduced into other breeds of Dachshund when this is done".

Find out more about health testing

Find out more about the genetics of coats and colours on our Presentations page.

IVDD Fundraising at Caldicot Castle

Over £3000 raised!

More than 200 Dachshunds and 300 of their owners descended on Caldicot Castle near Chepstow on September 10th for a day of fundraising and fun. The day was organised by Charlotte Baldwin who runs the “Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD” support group. Charlotte is one of the Dachshund Breed Council’s Pet Advisors and has already raised over £14000 to provide strollers, wheels and rehabilitation support for Dachshunds affected by back disease.

Despite it being a grey day with occasional downpours, everyone and their dogs participated enthusiastically in the Fun Show Classes and the walk round the castle. With raffles, competitions, cakes and doggie treats, there was plenty to keep people and dogs amused.

The event was being filmed by the BBC for the One Show and their presenter Angellica Bell co-judged the “Waggiest Tail” class with Breed Council Chairman Ian Seath. Angellica said, on her Instagram page, “Met some kind, friendly people as well as lots of adorable dogs“.

Breed Council Health Committee reps Gill Key and Aimée Thomas were also on hand to answer questions about the breed. The team answered questions about how to start showing, diet and body condition, exercise and separation anxiety as well as giving advice on breeding. Gill said “Back Disease is the priority health issue we need to address in the breed and, last November, we introduced a screening programme to help with prevention. In the meantime, support like Charlotte provides is both welcome and necessary given the growing popularity of the breed. Today was a great opportunity for the Breed Council to provide practical advice to Dachshund owners.”


Eye Testing Clinic

Subsidised for Dachshund owners

The Dachshund Club will be hosting a clinical eye examination session at their Championship Show to be held at Stoneleigh on 25th November 2017. The normal price is £56 at a KC/BVA/ISDS Panel Vet but the Breed Council is subsidising this session so the test will only cost you £25 per dog.​

The KC/BVA/ISDS Clinical Eye Examination is recommended for all 6 varieties and can identify eye conditions such as Distichiasis which we know can be a problem in Mini Longs.

Contact Lynda Billinghurst for booking details.

Updated IVDD Clinical Grading Scale

Grading and prognosis

We are grateful to Dr Marianne Dorn who has produced an updated summary of the IVDD clinical grading and prognosis scale for us. This is based on a review of the published papers. The "simple" version is here (on our IVDD website) and there is a link to a more detailed page where all the reference material can be found. You can download the Grading Scale as a PDF file or image file. Please share this with your vet if he/she is not familiar with Dachshunds and IVDD.


Marianne is keen to point out this is a clinical grading scale and should not be confused with a pain response scale. The IVDD grading scale also takes gait, weakness, ataxia and nociception (ability to feel a noxious painful stimulus) into consideration.

Marianne is a veterinary surgeon who specialises in rehabilitation (the Rehab Vet).

The Great British Ex-breeding Dog Survey

Collecting data about UK dog-buying habits

Following the success of The Great British Puppy Survey in 2016 and the significant data gathered about the puppy buying habits of the UK public, welfare groups C.A.R.I.A.D., PupAid, The Karlton Index and Canine Action UK have officially launched The Great British Ex-Breeding Dog Survey at PupAid 2017.

The survey can be found here Great British Ex-Breeding Dog Survey.

This is the first survey of its kind that looks at the experiences of people who have adopted or fostered dogs when their breeding lives are over, regardless of which type of breeder or breeding establishment they have come from.

The survey will gather information about the physical and psychological health and welfare of the UK’s rescued or retired breeding dogs over the last 7 years and as with the Great British Puppy Survey, the results will be shared in a Report later in the year, with the wider canine welfare community.

DNA Test for CRD (NPHP4) 

Norwegian Day Blindness PRA

In 2011, research testing was carried out with Standard and Miniature Wires with regard to the Norwegian Day Blindness (PRA) problem. As the mutation levels were found to be very low in the UK, we advised that just dogs imported from Scandinavia should be tested, as it is more prevalent there. [Read the report, here]

This test is currently on a 1 - 2 week turn around at the AHT, as are the majority of their DNA tests. As this particular test has a low uptake, we have agreed that the turn-around be extended to 2 - 3 weeks, thus enabling the AHT to continue to be able to offer testing at an affordable price to owners and breeders.

We advise that Standard and Miniature Wire imports from Scandinavia should undertake this test.

Read more about NPHP4.

Order a DNA test for NPHP4.

Read more about screening for Eye Diseases.

Book a place at the Dachshund Club's screening session on November 25th.

Other news in brief...

IVDD Screening

Find out how to participate in our subsidised IVDD Screening Programme. 
What dogs are eligible?
Screening locations
Can I use my own vet?

Puppy-farmed dogs show worse behaviour, suffer ill-health and die young
Research from Newcastle University using surveys of dog owners, suggests that less responsibly bred dogs – including puppy-farmed dogs and those from pet shops – are more likely to be aggressive towards their owners and strangers.
Watch the video and read more.

Emerging diseases in dogs in the UK
Minna Hagan (ECDA Secretary) recently attended a veterinary presentation on emerging diseases in dogs and produced a summary report for us - available here.

Join our IVDD Facebook Support Group
We now have over 2000 members in our Support Group which provides advice and reassurance to owners of Dachshunds with IVDD. Join here or search for VITALDachshundIVDD.

New advice page for buyers/owners
We're often asked by potential owners how long a Dachshund can be left alone, if they are out at work. So, we've added a webpage with our views on this.

First Aid for pets
The PDSA has an excellent webpage with advice on first aid for pets. Knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death.

Buyer beware - "rare colours"
Do not be talked into buying a “rare coloured” Dachshund. Generally, anyone telling you a puppy has a rare colour either doesn’t know what they are talking about, or they are a commercial breeder. Read more here.


IVDD Xmas Cards
This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected.  EVERY PENNY (the entire £5) from the sale of these lovely cards will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council's research into the condition and the charity, 'Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD' which raises money for rehabilitation, wheelchairs and strollers.  

Dates for your diary

DBRG Health Symposium

University of Surrey, 22nd October. speakers include Clare Rusbridge and Sheila Crispin. Details here.
Discover Dogs ExCel London

21-22 October 2017. Meet the Dachshunds - organised by Southern Dachshund Association.  Details here.
WHDC Seminar

Morning: Breed Standard (Ian Seath) and hands-on
Afternoon: Grooming (Mandy Dance)
Baginton, Warks. Nov. 4th 2017
Email Phil Rollinson

Rescue and Welfare

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

October 2017

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