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Yet more amazing fund-raisers

£4000 donated in January

Our Breed Health Fund received more amazing donations in January, totalling over £4000.

Hayley Cunningham's Go Fund Me campaign raised £1100 for our Give a Dachshund a Genome project which is being run by the AHT. That gave us the money needed to secure a place as one of the first ten breeds to sign-up for the project. Thank you to everyone who donated to this fund.

Many of you will also remember Di Handy's "Winny Fund" which raised £11000 for IVDD research in 2013. Di and her supporters have continued to collect donations and were able to present us with a further £3000 in January. £2000 has been ring-fenced to enable the AHT to sequence another Dachshund genome. In addition, £1000 has been sent to Dr. Berge Minassian in Canada, to support his work on Lafora research. This will benefit not only Mini Wire Dachshunds, but also people who suffer from Lafora as one current project is the development of a therapy. Thank you once again to Di and everyone who supported the Winny Fund.

Dachshund Registrations 2015

"Popular" may not be a good thing!

The Kennel Club published its annual registration statistics for 2015 and these show another year of rising popularity of the Mini Smooth Dachshunds.

The Dachshund totals were:

  • Smooths 157
  • Mini Smooths 3450
  • Longs 163
  • Mini Longs 844
  • Wires 462
  • Mini Wires 717

Trend graphs showing registrations since 1999 are shown here.

Worryingly, Mini Smooths continue their rise in popularity, fuelled no doubt by the string of adverts featuring them. It is to be hoped that they don’t end up in unsuitable homes with owners who don’t realise how to look after them properly, with adequate exercise and appropriate socialisation.

Mini Longs have seen a steady decline in popularity for the past 15 years, while registrations of Mini Wires remain at around their long-term average level.

In Standards, there has been a decline in popularity of Smooths and Longs for the past ten years. Wires had a spike in popularity in 2015 which took them to their highest level of registrations over this 15 year period. However, given the underlying trend, this was not an exceptional level for Wires.

Lafora screening update

30 Mini Wires attended the February session

30 more Mini Wires attended the Lafora screening session held in the Midlands on February 17th. Thanks again to Sue Holt and Nora Price for coordinating this. The next session is planned for September and bookings are already being taken. Contact Sue Holt for more details.

Last month we announced that geneticists at the Animal Health Trust have been exploring some fairly new technology in the hope it will enable them to offer a DNA test for the Lafora mutation to Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds, as well as some other breeds.

The Wirehaired Dachshund Club’s Lafora Team is working with the AHT to obtain cheek swab DNA samples from a set of dogs to help validate the potential new test. Samples were taken at the 17th February session and invitations and swab kits are being sent out to a further group of owners inviting them to participate in this research.

The AHT will test the DNA from the dogs they receive, collate the results and send them to the Lafora Team who will compare the AHT’s results with the known genetic status of the dogs tested and inform the AHT how the results compare. Only when we and the AHT are confident that the new test is reliabale will it be offered commercially.
The next Lafora Screening session will take place in September. Contact to book a place for your Mini Wire.
Data from the Winter 2015 Breed Records Supplement shows a slight reduction in the number of "Safe" litters (83%) compared with the previous quarter (88%). Our probability model suggests that there may be 4 Affected puppies born in those unsafe litters.

Thinking of buying a Dachshund?

New Infographic with advice for buyers

Last month we published a new Infographic with advice for potential Dachshund buyers. With the rising popularity of Mini Smooths we are particularly worried about dodgy internet adverts. So, in addition to our free e-book of advice, we now have this infographic.

KC Health Survey 2014

Breed health highlights

The Kennel Club ran a major Health Survey at the end of 2014 and has now published the results.This was a nationwide survey of UK pedigree dogs to help understand the health of each breed. The questionnaire was divided in to sections which concentrated on such topics as general health, behaviour, causes of death, breeding and birth defects.

Download the KC's reports for each of the six varieties of Dachshund.

The Breed Council’s Health Committee has reviewed the results and published summaries of the key findings for each of our 6 varieties. View infographic summaries at the links here.

The Health Committee welcomes the data reported by the KC as it adds to our current understanding of the health of our breed. The KC’s reports mostly confirm what we already know, having carried out 2 extensive surveys of our own in 2012 and 2015, together with our ongoing health reporting tool.

Please remember to report any health problems with your Dachshunds, or cause of death here. All reports are kept confidential and no dogs or owners' names will ever be published.

Give a Dachshund a genome

Dachshunds are in the first 10 breeds signed-up

The AHT issued a press release on February 11th 2016 confirming the first ten breeds signed-up to participate in their “Give a dog a genome” project. The AHT has already sequenced the genome of a Mini Longhaired Dachshund and this project will enable us to follow-on to sequence the remaining 5 varieties, subject to funding. Breed Council Health Committee Chairman Roger Sainsbury is quoted in the article:

In just two weeks since the project’s official launch (Monday 25 January) close to 30 breeds have registered an interest in participating in the ground-breaking new AHT research initiative, Give a Dog a Genome.

Ten breeds have already ‘jumped through hoops’ to raise the £1,000 donation in record time.

A further eleven breeds have pledged to raise the £1,000 required to be one of the 50 breeds whose DNA is to be sequenced using the latest technology available. Each £1,000 donation is to be matched by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust until 50 breeds have participated in the project.

The first ten breeds to raise their £1,000 donations, securing their breed’s part in the Give a Dog a Genome project, are:

  1. Tibetan Terrier
  2. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
  3. Pug (funded by an individual in memory of Biggles, a very special Pug)
  4. Briard
  5. Large Munsterlander
  6. Bedlington Terrier
  7. Finnish Lapphund
  8. Hungarian Vizsla
  9. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  10. Dachshund

The project has hit its first major milestone and is already a fifth of the way towards its goal to whole genome sequence DNA from 50 different dog breeds, creating the UK’s largest canine genome bank. A further 11 breeds are signed up to the project and their donations are expected soon.

The Give a Dog a Genome project will arm the AHT with a much more comprehensive understanding of the canine genome – all 2.4 billion letters of DNA, enough to stretch from Lands End to John O’ Groats and back again if the DNA was a string and each letter was 1mm long! – in order to identify disease mutations more effectively in the future.

Dr Cathryn Mellersh, Head of the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT, said: “We’ve been blown away by the response to the project so far and I’m just amazed that ten breeds have already supported the project, with many more breeds already starting to raise their £1,000 donation.

“The proactive attitude of so many breeds to get behind this project, in such a short space of time, really shows how much these breed communities care about doing all they can to try and keep their breeds healthy.

 “The Dachshund community in particular were able to use Go Fund Me to organically raise the £1,000 donation online – in less than week! – and are keen to raise more money so that more than one variety of Dachshund can be included in the research.

“It’s just fantastic to see such overwhelming support for what we’re trying to do with this project. The knowledge we have the potential to gain from this genome bank will, in time, benefit all breeds, not just those 50 that are included now.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted by how many breeds have shown interest in the Give a Dog a Genome project so far and are already adding to its success.  It shows just how dedicated the dog community is to helping protect the health of pedigree dogs and we are impressed by the speed at which people have rallied together to raise the £1,000 donation to ensure their breed can be part  of this ground breaking project.”

The Dachshund community has collaborated with the AHT on numerous projects over the years and the Health Committee quickly “booked a place” to become one of the first ten breeds to support the project.

Roger Sainsbury BVM&S, MRCVS who chairs the Breed Council’s Health Committee said: “We are delighted to be involved in this state-of-the-art project. This will produce a reference DNA sequence for the whole of the Dachshund’s genetic makeup which will be an invaluable starting point for tests for genetic diseases and also for more fundamental genetic research.

“Remarkable advances in technology have made this possible – only 14 years ago the first sequencing of a dog’s genome cost thirty million US dollars!

“Dachshund owners have been equally keen to rally round this project and an online fundraising page to “Give a Dachshund a Genome” raised over £1100 in just a week. 

“This fundraising campaign, with its high visibility to Dachshund owners on social media, continues to raise awareness of the AHT’s valuable work to help improve the health of Dachshunds.”

 For information on Give a Dog a Genome please go to:

Compulsory Microchipping

New Law in England from 6th April 2016

From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs in England must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th of April to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database. If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog chipped, they will have 21 days to do this.

There are no exemptions with regard to age. A dog will be legally exempt from being microchipped only when a vet certifies that it cannot be microchipped for health reasons. This needs to done on a form approved by the Secretary of State.

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.

Under the regulations, your dog is considered microchipped when you (1) implant the dog with a chip and (2) register your details on an approved database. If you do not get your dog microchipped or your details registered on an approved database, then it will be considered as not complying with the regulations and a notice may be served. If the keeper does not microchip their dogs within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.

For more information, read the PetLog FAQ page or the KC's Factsheet.

Chances to learn

Dachshund Club of Wales A2 Assessment Day
A2 Assessment Day at the Drill Hall, Chepstow on Sunday June 5th 2016. Download a booking form here. Contact Judith Armstrong, Secretary, for more details - 01693 884082.
Eastern Counties DA Breed Seminar
Sunday 17th April 2016, in Bedfordshire. Mrs Mandy Dance will talk about the Breed Standard. Download a booking form here. Contact Secretary, Minna Hagan, for more details - 01406 150868.
Hounds R Us: "Have a go with hounds" Seminar
Afghan Hound Association seminar 16th April, Chieveley, Berks. Breeds highlighted this year are Greyhounds, Borzois, Afghans, Petit and Grand BGV, Basset Fauve, Dachshunds, Beagles, Bassets, Bloodhounds. Details here.

Rescue and Welfare

Dachshund Rescue
The independent rescue and welfare charity for UK Dachshunds. Website here. Temporary help for owners is provided by Daxaid.

March 2016

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