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January 2020

Happy New Year to all our readers and thank you to everyone who has supported our charity, Dachshund Health UK, with donations throughout 2019.
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New Year resolutions for your Dachshund

Weekly wellness checks

Once a week check your dog’s eyes, ears and feet. Keep the nails short using nail clippers, or a file. When your dog has all his/her adult teeth (by about 6 months) start brushing the teeth weekly. Feel all over his/her body for any unusual lumps or bumps, particularly in older dogs. ​

Long and Wire Dachshunds will need regular grooming using a bristle brush and wide-toothed metal comb. Pay particular attention to the longer hairs on the legs (and a Wire’s beard) to ensure there are no tangles.

Focus on good behaviour

It’s all too easy to assume that training is needed to address bad behaviours such as barking or pulling on the lead. Instead, focus your dog’s training on developing good behaviours. The Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Dog Scheme is a well-proven approach and you can find classes throughout the UK.

Keep your dog mentally active

Dachshunds need both physical and mental stimulation if they are to be well-behaved and not noisy or destructive. A training session or teaching your dog to solve puzzles (such as hide and seek) at home could be as tiring as going for a long walk. Varying their routine by going on different walks also helps, as does rotating their toys and games regularly.

Check your dog’s body condition

Pet obesity is becoming an epidemic and when you only have one Dachshund, it can be hard to tell if he/she is overweight if you don’t have another dog to compare against. Your Dachshund is at an ideal weight if you can easily feel its ribs, but they are not visible. There should be an obvious waist behind the ribs when viewed from above. There should be little abdominal fat and a slight tuck-up should be evident when viewed from the side. Too many treats and not enough exercise can lead to extra weight which will put a strain on his/her back and also increases the risks of heart disease. Remember, too thin can be as bad as too fat. It’s a good idea to ask your vet to do an annual doggy-MOT and confirm your Dachshund is at an ideal body weight and condition.

Encourage nose activities

Dogs “see with their noses” and their sense of smell is many times greater than ours. Research has shown that olfactory enrichment helps to reduce stress. Allow your dog time to have a sniff when out walking. You can also play hide and seek with food or throw a handful of kibble in the garden to make your Dachshund use its nose and “work” for food. You could also try scent-work training which builds on a Dachshund’s natural talents.

Avoid separation anxiety

Dogs are social animals so being left alone can be very stressful for them. Many Dachshunds become noisy and destructive if left alone at home without adequate exercise and mental stimulation. You should teach a puppy to learn to be alone, gradually building up the length of time they can be left alone calmly.

Update your Dachshund's microchip

It is a good time of year to ensure that your dog’s microchip details are up-to-date. With fireworks at New Year, there’s always a risk that your Dachshund could be scared and run off. By registering with Petlog, owners can be reassured that their money is put back into rescue and welfare organisations which are being supported by the provision of free services to help the rehoming process. Don’t be one of the 71% of owners whose dog’s microchip details are not accurate.

Exercise advice for new puppy owners

We've added a new infographic to our website to help new owners understand how much exercise their growing puppy needs.

2020 Calendars - raising funds for Dachshund Health

Leprima Dachshunds 2020 calendar.  With 25% of profits going to “Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD”, a charity organisation set up to help dogs that suffer from Intervertebral disc disease.

KC/BVA Eye Scheme changes for Dachshunds

The Kennel Club has been collaborating with the British Veterinary Association and the Eye Panel Working Party to assess the current format of the BVA/KC/ International Sheepdog Society (ISDS), particularly with regard to Schedule B.

Following this, it has been decided by the Working Party that as of 1st January 2020 Dachshunds will no longer be listed under Schedule B of the eye scheme for Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA). This is due to very few reports of this condition since the introduction of DNA testing, resulting in very few clinical eye examinations having been carried out. Schedule B will cease to exist as of this date of implementation.

However, we still encourage routine testing for dogs of any breed, as any abnormalities will still be collated into an annual sightings report. This sightings report will then be reviewed annually by the Eye Panel Working Party, allowing continued monitoring of the incidence of any conditions in our breed. Should there be an apparent prevalence of a particular condition this will be reviewed by the group, and potentially added to Schedule A.

Read more about Eye Disease in Dachshunds.

What to expect when you take your dog for an eye examination.

New Stem Cell Research Project 

There's a new Stem Cell research project at the RVC and they are looking for volunteer dogs that are paralysed as a result of IVDD.

Are you ready for 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:

Everyone who donated during 2019. A total of £9700 was raised and we made grants of £9400 to support Dachshund health and education projects in 2019.
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Dates for your diary...

Crufts 5-8 March (Hound Day 8/3/20) - NEC, Birmingham
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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