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World's biggest dog walk?

Not quite; maybe next year

It’s been an amazing summer in many ways with lots of lovely dry sunny days. Imagine therefore how Charlotte Baldwin, who had spent months and months planning a Sausage Fun Day to raise money for dachshunds with IVDD and Dachshund Rescue must have felt as the weather forecast for Ogmore Beach, South Wales for Saturday August 20th started to get worse and worse, culminating in weather warnings about high winds, tides and torrential rain!

The idea started much earlier in the year as an attempt on the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of dogs of one breed in one place, but it rapidly became apparent that there was so much red tape involved that it wasn’t practical this year. Charlotte continued her work preparing for a full day’s fundraising, encouraging companies and individuals to donate amazingly generous raffle prizes, organising Programmes and advertising, arranging for games including ‘guess the weight of the cake etc. along with a series of fun competitions including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘best dressed dog’ etc.   

Despite all the dire predictions, hundreds of hardy souls took part, some travelling as far as Scotland, Norfolk, Yorkshire and London! The local Bridgend Travelodge was inundated with bookings, as were local campsites and bed and breakfasts. Some chose to travel on the day, only to find that one of the two bridges across the Severn was closed due to high winds, so had a horrendously long journey to the beach.

Roughly 300 dogs and their owners took part on the day, though due to the terrible conditions, not everyone was able to stay for the walk on the beach, raising at least £2000 towards two causes: Dachshund Rescue and IVDD Support. Astoundingly, Charlotte has already been able to provide 7 strollers to dachshunds with IVDD, as well as support for hydrotherapy. The idea with the strollers is to help give the dogs and their owners a much needed break from being at home – and if/when they do recover, the strollers can be passed on to other needy dogs.  

Charlotte didn’t stop smiling all day through the wind, rain and chaos it caused, and has already committed herself to running another event next year, -  when hopefully the weather will be better and the World Record will be smashed.

A HUGE ‘WELL DONE’ to Charlotte and everybody else who made the day so enjoyable and such a success. You can watch a video of the day here and donate towards equipment and post-op treatment for IVDD dachshunds here:

More pictures here

Image copyright: (c) Roger Key

Code of Ethics

New clause approved by KC

Following the recent change in legislation requiring puppies to be microchipped by their breeder, we have added the following clause to our Code of Ethics:

Breeders will not let puppies go to their new homes before the age of 8 weeks and will comply with the legislation requiring them to be the first registered keeper of their puppies by microchipping them by 8 weeks.

This addition was proposed by our Health Sub-committee, approved by the Council and subsequently endorsed by the Kennel Club. 

Read more about breeders' responsibilities for microchipping their puppies or watch this video.

PRA testing non-UK dogs

DNA vs. Clinical Eye Tests

In the UK, DNA testing for Cord1 PRA is a Requirement under the Kennel Club's Assured Breeder Scheme and we expect all Breed Club members to use the available test. There is no excuse for producing any more Cord1 Affected puppies.

The Breed Council also recommends anyone importing a Wire or Mini Wire from Scandinavia should ensure they know the DNA test status for another PRA mutation: NPHP4. This is associated with a form of day-blindness. The mutation frequency is very low in UK dogs and the DNA test is not therefore a requirement for UK dogs.

Prior to the development of these DNA tests, many breeders had their breeding stock eye tested under the KC/BVA/ISDS Eye Scheme. This is a clinical examination which can identify other eye conditions in addition to PRA. A "Clear" or "Not affected" report means the dog was not found to be suffering from a partciular condition on the day it was examined. (It's a bit like an MOT Test; the result applies to the day of the test)

If you are importing a dog to the UK you should ensure you understand which eye test(s) the dog has had. A dog reported as PRA Clear may be OK on a clinical eye examination, but this is not the same as a cord1 Clear DNA test result.

IPFD DogWellNet

Breed Council data now featured

The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization, registered in Sweden, initiated by a diverse group of stakeholders in the international dog world and launched in August 2014. The UK Kennel Club is one of the founding partners.

: Facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of pedigreed dogs and all dogs worldwide.

There is a wealth of information on our breed (and many others) and, since August, the website has included links to our own Breed Survey results and other key work we have been doing on Dachhsund Health.

The IPFD webmaster reviewed our online resources and selected those items of most relevance to IPFD visitors. Their feedback was as follows: "WOW - it's packed with loads of information! Impressive - I've never seen a breed group present health information so thoroughly!

Should you spay/neuter your Dachshund?

More evidence that this may not be a good idea

In the Breed Council's 2015 Lifestyle survey, neutered dogs were twice as likely to suffer an IVDD incident than entire dogs and dogs neutered under 6 months were at a higher risk.

A recently published paper describes the effect of spaying/neutering on the development of a dog's skeleton and this MAY be a relevant factor in the findings of our survey on IVDD risk.

Oestrogen is required to ensure the growth plates close. In spayed and neutered animals, a reduction in the amount of estrogen delays growth plate closure. Early spay/neuter will delay the age of maturity and affect a young dog's ability to tolerate increased levels of exercise without damaging its growing bones and muscles.

The relevant paragraph in the paper is:

"It has been discussed if the age at attainment of skeletal maturity is associated with chondrodystrophy, a congenital disturbance which affects mainly the cartilage and has a negative impact on the growth of endochondral bone, and thus also long bones of limbs. Our result supports the view that the age at attainment of skeletal maturity in the chondrodystrophic dachshund is attained earlier (8–9 months) than in non-chondrodystrophic breeds. However, the early attainment of skeletal maturity in the chondrodystrophic breed does not alter the sequence of dental and skeletal maturity in this breed. Further, there is evidence for a relationship between epiphyseal growth plate closure and the attainment of sexual maturity. It has been found that oestrogen treatment accelerates senescence of growth plates in ovariectomised rabbit tibiae, leading to early growth plate closure relative to untreated ovariectomised specimens. Effects of oestrogen on growth plate physiology have also been found in other species. Similarly, as described above, it has been shown that gonadectomy, and thus potentially lower levels of oestrogens, delays growth plate closure in domestic dogs. As oestrogen is crucial for the development of sexual organs, the attainment of skeletal and sexual maturity may be interrelated by means of this hormone."

Read the full paper here.

Read more about the pros and cons of neutering.

Dachshund Club Handbook 2014-16

Deadline for adverts is 30th September

Preparations are already well underway for the Dachshund Club Handbook 2014 -16. Those of you familiar with the handbook will be aware that it is a unique publication and sold worldwide; however, its success depends on you.
An important part of the handbook is owners' advertisements and all the instructions are included in the booking form (download here). As usual, these can be sent direct to the printers, Higham Press, but nothing will be done with them until you complete the booking form, also attached with the remittance (payable to the Dachshund Club) to John Bennett. Your advertisement will then receive a number which will enable Higham Press to activate it. In addition to cheques, Paypal is also acceptable - all details are on the form. 

Please note the latest date for adverts is the end of SEPTEMBER.

For the Gallery of Champions, if you have made up a Champion(s) during the three years 2014 -16 please send a 3 generation pedigree with D.O.B., sex, breeder and owner, plus dates when awarded CCs, including the Shows. Also send a photo of the dog(s) with their Registered name on the reverse. Wires, Smooths and Miniature Smooths should be sent to Rebecca Kerry ( Longs, Miniature Longs and Miniature Wires should be sent to John Bennett (

News in brief...

Breed Watch Education Day 2016

The annual Breed Watch Education Day will take place on 27th November 2016 at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa.

This year, the topics will be:

  • Canine Movement
  • Mouth & Dentition
  • Obesity & Body Condition

To view the schedule for the Breed Watch Education Day 2016, click here.

Dachshunds in the Kennel Gazette
The KC's Kennel Gazette will feature Miniature Smooth Dachshunds as the breed of the month, in October. Make sure you get your copy to find out who the panel of contributors nominate as their Best Mini Smooths.

Dogs Play Survey
There is a new survey about play in dogs for an MSc. research project at Newcastle University. By completing this, you are supporting research which aims to improve the welfare of dogs, both in the home and in shelters. Dogs play in a variety of different ways; by understanding this in more more detail we can provide the correct toys and environment for our dogs. Take part in the survey.

Dates for your diary

Lafora Screening Day
The next Lafora Screening Day is planned for 21/9/16 and will be held at Lichfield in the West Midlands.

To book a place, please contact Sue Holt or Nora Price.
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.

September 2016

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