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May 2019

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Dachshund Health UK is a registered charity (Charity Number 1177400) which was established in 2018 to help support the Dachshund Breed Council's research and health improvement activities, including education of owners and buyers.

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New Discover Dogs Banners

Many of our readers will have visited the Dachshund booths at Discover Dogs held at Crufts this year. You can't fail to have been impressed by the fabulous new banners and posters created to adorn the booths. Julie Shaw deserves our particular thanks for these wonderful new designs.
We would also like to record our thanks to the Midland Dachshund Club, Miniature Dachshund Club and Dachshund Health UK for their donations towards the cost of these new banners.

Interview with Professor Anu Lappalainen

Anu is one of the leading researchers into back disease in Dachshunds (IVDD) and was recently interviewed by the editor of the Italian Amici Dachshund Club Magazine. You can read the interview here.

Back Disease in the short-legged breeds


We are grateful to Helle Friis Proschowsky for permission to translate and publish this paper which was originally published in the March 2019 issue of the Danish Kennel Club magazine (HUNDEN).

The fact that short-legged dogs have an increased risk of having a disc herniation, compared to other breeds, is old news. Once, people thought it was due to "the long back", but today we know that the primary cause is a degeneration of the shock absorbing discs lying between the vertebrae.
In fact, short-legged dogs do not have a long back either - they just have short legs.


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Translated by Frøydis Hardeng and Ian Seath. 

The Dachshund Club Handbook and Records

Dachshund Club Chairman John Bennett writes:

I just thought that I would inform everyone who, a few years ago, expressed their wish for the Dachshund Club’s Handbook to continue that the closing date for this forthcoming Handbook is in 6 months time!

I realise that is quite a way off and there are still plenty of shows during the summer for your wins to be included in the advert or Champions' Gallery. However, at the moment we have received 3 Gallery of Champion photographs with their information, and also 2 Exhibitor's Adverts, which is far from sufficient, to enable the Handbook to continue. 

There have, in the past 2 years, been many Champions made up in the 6 varieties with no reason for those not to be already sent in. Also, your advert page can be ordered and paid for, but your advert sent nearer the closing date to give the Dachshund Club an indication of how many wish to go ahead with the Handbook publishing.

New technology has been put in place to give a better reproduction for your advert and photographs, with the Gallery being in colour for the first time.
Since our show in November, many exhibitors have received personal letters inviting them to advertise and a form especially aimed at qualifiers to go into the Gallery. It has been advertised on Facebook, the Dachshund Club web page, in Breed notes and at BOTH our shows and at many more, with leaflets being distributed at various breed shows around the country. We attend as many of the Championship Shows as possible, so if you cannot download an Advert form, please ask us for one, or bring your information with you. Payment can be made by cheque/Paypal or direct to the Dachshund Club Treasurer, Lynn Black.

There has been a lot of work by all the Editors already, preparing and checking prospective things for the book. If it is your wish that the book is to continue, it would be appreciated if you found the time to respond to this request. Failing this, it will have to be put before the Dachshund Club Committee as to the future of the Handbook.

It would also be appreciated if everyone could tag in their friends, wherever they may be, to enable the Handbook to continue, and read this letter. It is intended to be a global platform for everyone to advertise their Kennels, and everyone worldwide is invited to take part. Anyone requiring information can contact me for further information.

Neuter status as a risk factor for disc herniation in dachshunds was the most highly accessed paper in the Journal of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology between January and March 2019. It was accessed 18,000 times.
Open Access paper is available here.
Dachshund Cafe in Kent - May 29th - will be raising funds for Dedicated To Dachshunds with IVDD and Dachshund Health UK. Details here.

Thank you for supporting our charity: Dachshund Health UK

A big shout out to:

Olivia and Martin Green for their fundraising in memory of Renner which resulted in a donation of £540 to the Dachshund Health UK IVDD Fund.
Find out about IVDD Screening
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Dates for your diary...

Dachshund Pop-up Cafe - 26th May - Kent
Dachshund Town 27th July 2019 - Milton Keynes
Scottish Dachshund Club Fun Day 7th July - Musselburgh

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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