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November 2018

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2018 Breed Health Survey

We have had over 2000 responses to our Breed Survey which is open until 30th November. You can take part in our survey here. We want to know about healthy dogs as well as those who have been ill or died. The average age of diagnosis for dogs affected by IVDD in our latest survey is 5.4 years. 85% of dogs in the survey have not had an IVDD incident but these results are probably skewed by the fact that the average age of dogs in the survey is under 4. Our survey asks about cancer diagnoses in Dachshunds and, so far, 7% of dogs had been diagnosed with some form of cancer. The average age of diagnosis was just under 9 years old.
Complete the survey here

Questions cover:
- Details of your Dachshund
- Any history of, or treatment for, cancers and tumours
- Any other health issues

Don't worry if you don't have a detailed veterinary diagnosis of your dog's cancer. Not everyone is able to have a biopsy or post-mortem done but if you can tell us how your dog was affected, that will be fine.

All responses will be treated as confidential and all results will be presented anonymously.  No owners or dogs will be identifiable from the reports produced.  You do not have to tell us your name, or your dog's name, if you do not wish to.

Please submit a new form for each additional Dachshund using the link at the end of the survey.
Dachshunds doing "Hoopers" - agility suitable for our breed. Read the article by Anna Richardson, here.

The genetics of Dachshund coats and colours

The Southern Dachshund Association ran a seminar/ workshop on 29th September 2018 and one of the speakers was Helen Geeson who is a member of our Health Committee. Helen has given this presentation before and you can view her slides here (pdf) and a video here.

Dachshunds at Discover Dogs


The Officers and Committee of the Southern Dachshund Association would like to thank their team of helpers for bringing their hounds to the Dachshund booths at Discover Dogs, ExCel.
Without you, we wouldn't be able to help potential buyers and current owners to learn more about the breed.

Hopefully, we helped people understand they are not "toy dogs" and that they need plenty of mental stimulation and physical exercise.

All the dogs were brilliantly behaved and great ambassadors. They had so many cuddles and lots of pictures taken. 


Look how amazing you all are!!
Your support and dedication for D2D with IVDD, The Red Foundation and The Dachshund Breed Council is so very much appreciated by us all and the families and their dachshunds that benefit from your incredible fundraising and donations.
Total amount raised by you all.... 👏 £2441.67
Thank you to the Scottish Dachshund Club who raised £500 for our Health Fund at their Fun Day.
Attention all B and C List Judges
Lloyd Cross, Breed Education Coordinator (BEC) for Dachshunds asks all those people who are currently on a Breed Council B or C judging list to get in touch as he needs to send you information to clarify what you need to do to move from the current judging system to the new JCF.
Lloyd can be contacted by email - or call 01945 582958, or text to 07985 126051.
Do you have an Itchy Dog?

A University of Nottingham veterinary survey into the problem of itchy skin allergies in dogs is being extended to include all breeds of dog after some interesting initial results.

The Itchy Dog Project is an online study that was launched at Crufts last year to help researchers examine the possible genetic and environmental causes of canine atopic dermatitis. Around 10% of all dogs suffer from skin allergies which can have a big impact on their lives and their owners.

Full information on the research and details of how to register to take part are available here:  

Countdown to Christmas

This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is again raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected with the disease. 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.  There is a choice of 5 designs.


Order yours here.

Find out about IVDD Screening
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Read the weekly Dachshund Breed Notes here.
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Dates for your diary...

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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