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November 2019

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If you are, we'd love to hear from you. The Breed Council and our charity, Dachshund Health UK, are looking for help with our social media channels. We are keen to increase our reach and impact with advice for potential Dachshund owners, new owners and breeders. If you think you can help, please email Gill Key (DBC Pet Advisor) via

Breed Council response to proposed Welsh legislation

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits which includes a proposal that anyone exhibiting (showing) a dog or cat (or other pet species) in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected.
The Dachshund Breed Council has submitted a response on behalf of our clubs, members and exhibitors, explaining why the proposed legislation is both unnecessary and will have numerous adverse consequences for Wales and animal welfare if its scope includes dog showing. 
Thousands of dogs and cats and horses travel to Wales every year to be shown so such a licensing scheme is not only impractical and unnecessary it will actually have an impact upon Wales' economy.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to ask the Welsh Government to 'add the keeping of dogs, cats and horses engaged in competitive events’ to Regulation 3(4) which lists a number of exempted activities that are proposed should not be subject to the proposed licensing scheme.

Fundraising by East Hampshire Dachshunds

East Hampshire Dachshunds hosted a Sports Day and chose Dachshund Health UK as their charity of choice as they thought it not only fitting but appropriate given the nature of the event.

Organiser, Larissa Carey said: "We have several IVDD sufferers and survivors in the group which makes it more worthwhile when it's close to home! 
We had an amazing time with over 50 Daxies in attendance who enjoyed the dog show, have a go activities as well shopping for the Pawrents! 
The Silent auction was a brilliant way for us to display the lovely prizes and donations as well as create some bidding wars for those items. The day overall was a great success albeit a little stressful on my part on the run up towards it and the hours beforehand but that’s the nature of event organisation! 
We have totalled up most of the money from the stalls, ticket sales, dog show, silent auction and the activities. I am very happy to say we managed to smash our five hundred pound target easily!
We raised a total of £850 for Dachshund Health UK
I hope this comes as a great surprise as it was for me to have so many wonderful people coming together to throw money in for a lovely charity. 
From the East Hants Dachshunds group and me, all the best!

Order your 2020 calender from Leprima Dachshunds.  With 25% of profits going to “Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD”, a charity organisation set up to help dogs that suffer from Intervertebral disc disease.

Dachshunds at Discover Dogs 

Thank you to all the helpers and their dogs for supporting Discover Dogs on 12 and 13 October. The Southern Dachshund Association hosted the Dachshund booths and if you would like to join the team next year, please contact the Secretary.

Subsidised KC/BVA Eye Screening

The Dachshund Club will be hosting a clinical eye screening session at their Championship Show on 16th November at the KC Building, Stoneleigh. Dr Peter Bedford is the panel eye specialist who will be carrying out the screening.

Our charity, Dachshund Health UK, has agreed to offer subsidies to Dachshund owners so the cost of this test will be just £20. The session will be open to other breeds at a cost of £42 per dog.

To book a place, please contact Daphne Graham 

Examination under the Eye Scheme is not restricted to the identification of inherited eye disease, but also includes general assessment of the health of the eye and adnexa (eyelids, tear ducts and other parts around the eye ball).

Read more about eye disease in Dachshunds.

The Breed Council recommends breeders should carry out clinical eye testing (KC/BVA/ISDS) to check for conditions in addition to cord1 PRA. Read more here about why this is important.

What to expect when you take your dog for an eye examination.

Tackling inherited eye disease in dogs
A new consortium of vets and scientists across the UK, established to tackle inherited eye disease in dogs, needs DNA samples from affected dogs to further its research.

CRIEDD (Consortium to Research Inherited Eye Diseases in Dogs) includes leading canine geneticists from the Animal Health Trust alongside six veterinary ophthalmologists: Professor Sheila Crispin, Stuart Ellis, Lorraine Fleming, David Gould, Christine Heinrich and James Oliver.

The multidisciplinary team will focus on investigating current and emerging inherited eye diseases and developing new DNA tests to benefit a number of breeds, effectively reducing the number of affected and carrier dogs.

This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is again raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected with the disease. In addition to Christmas Cards, there's a "Let's wipe out IVDD" tea towel. Thanks to Joy Fitzsimmons from London Pooch for the design. 

EVERY PENNY from the sale of these 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.  There is a choice of 6 designs. Thank you again to Selina Knox for her support.
Click here to order.

THANK YOU to all who attended the Suffolk Dachshund Cafe on 27th October.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone attending, our charity has received a donation of £170 towards our IVDD programme. We are grateful to Enya and her team of helpers. Images courtesy of suffolkdachshundpub on Instagram.

You can also support Dachshund Health UK by donating via PayPal:

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Scottish Dachshund Club who raised £500 at their 2019 Fun Day.
Find out about IVDD Screening
We're on Instagram now. Follow @DachshundHealthUK
Read the weekly Dachshund Breed Notes here.
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Dates for your diary...

Dachshund Club of Wales Breeding & IVDD Seminar - 30th November - Chepstow
Dachshund Club Breed Appreciation Day - 19/4/19 - Cambs.

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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