Dachshund Registration Statistics 2013

The latest edition of the Kennel Club’s Breed Records Supplement has just been published and summarises the registrations for 2013.

Mini Smooth registrations have doubled in the past ten years but seem to have leveled off in the past couple of years.  It is always worrying when a breed becomes popular because it often encourages more commercial breeding with little regard for health, temperament and type. Some of the toy breeds have certainly suffered from this, with imports (often illegal) becoming ever more common.   The popularity of so-called “rare colours” also seems to be driving demand for Mini Smooths.

Mini Long registrations continue to fall and we have also seen a reduction in Mini Wire registrations for the past three years, presumably related to concerns about Lafora Disease.  Now that a full Lafora DNA test is available, it should be possible for breeders to assure potential buyers that they are not be breeding Affected puppies.

The decline in popularity of the Smooths and Longs continues, with registrations at a level where the KC would consider native UK breeds to be on their “vulnerable” list.

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These trends present a real challenge to breeders to make informed choices when planning litters, not only to focus on health and temperament, but also to consider the wider implications of genetic diversity on the breed as a whole.  Stud dog owners have a particular responsibility not to allow their dogs to be used on bitches that have not had the required health tests and to avoid falling into the trap of the “Popular Sire” which negatively impacts on genetic diversity in a breed.  Luckily, these days it is significantly easier to import dogs from outside the UK and we have seen numerous examples of this in recent years which has undoubtedly helped to bring in new bloodlines.

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