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February 2020

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We are grateful to Christine Bessio who has kindly volunteered to manage our Instagram profile @DachshundHealthUK.

Christine lives in Fairfax, Virginia USA and owns Brody and Lilly who are Brody_and_Lilly on Instagram. Our Instagram campaigns include tips for Dachshund buyers and owners, as well as being a bit of fun, like the #dollypartonchallenge below:

Chances to learn - Upcoming Seminars

The Midland Dachshund Club is running a Breed Appreciation Day at Cannock on 21st March 2020. Details here.

The Dachshund Club will be running a Breed Appreciation Day at Peterborough on 19th April 2020.
Contact Lloyd Cross for details.

Download our 2019 Health Report

Christmas Fundraisers for Dachshund Health

Devoted to Dachshunds has once again made a donation to our IVDD Fund.  Thank you to Selina Knox for donating £1065 from the sale of Cards and Tea Towels.

KC Breed Watch Scheme changes for Dachshunds

Following discussion by the Dog Health Group’s Breed Standards & Conformation sub-group of visible health and welfare concerns in a number of breeds, the sub-group concluded, following approval of the Dog Health Group and the Board, that “sore eyes or excessive tearing” and “incorrect hindquarter movement/ unsound movement” should be monitored and therefore should be added to Breed Watch as points of concern for the all of the varieties. Additionally, it was decided that the current point of “body weight/ condition” be amended to “significantly underweight” for the Miniature varieties. 
Breed Watch is an early warning system intended for judges to note any visible points of concern which they should take into consideration and penalise when judging the breed. Judges are asked to complete the judge’s health monitoring form following appointments at championship shows. This is to prevent introduction of health and welfare concerns that are detrimental to a dog’s wellbeing and to maintain high standards of health in the show ring. The form can be accessed online below;
Exhibitors should also take the time to become familiar with the points of concern that can affect their breed, as they too have an important role to play in ensuring that dogs are free from health concerns and exaggeration.
As Breed Watch serves as a “roll-on, roll-off” system, after a period of 12 months should no reports of these concerns be made by judges when completing the mandatory health monitoring form given above, then the point(s) will be reviewed and potentially removed. All points of concern are assessed quarterly and breed health co-ordinators will receive an annual summary to share with their breed, this is to continually review points of concerns reported by Judges. 
More information on Breed Watch and the Judges Health Monitoring process can be found at

Guest blog post - how to stop your dog pulling 

Sharon Alton is a Dachshund owner, breeder, and dog trainer who runs workshops specifically for Dachshund owners. She has shared her tips for how to stop your dog pulling when on the lead. You can find Sharon at Perfectly Polite Dachshunds.

Read the blog post here.

Sunday March 8th is Dachshund Day at Crufts 2020

Breed Health and Conservation Plans 2019
Our Breed Health and Conservation Plans have been updated by the Kennel Club, following discussions with our Breed Health Coordinator. You can download the breed health information and Action Plan here.

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Vivienne Hayes for raising £152 at a Bring and Buy Sale. Vivienne had a bitch called Slaney who suffered from IVDD.
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Dates for your diary...

Crufts 5-8 March (Hound Day 8/3/20) - NEC, Birmingham
Midland DC Breed Appreciation Day 21/3/20 - Cannock
Skinners Canine Science Conference - 26/3/20 - Stoneleigh
Dachshund Club Breed Appreciation Day - 19/4/20 - 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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