We’re often asked for advice on breeding so this page provides links to relevant articles we have published and other useful resources. For the most up-to-date advice, please visit our Health website.
First of all, read our Code of Ethics which explains our expectations of responsible breeders.
Our current health priorities are Back Disease (IVDD), Lafora Disease, cord1 PRA. We recommend all varieties are screened for IVDD. All Miniatures should be screened for cord1 PRA before breeding and all Miniature Wires should be screened for Lafora Disease before breeding. There is no excuse for knowingly breeding puppies that will be affected by cord1 PRA or Lafora. Check the health test results of any KC registered dog here before you breed from it or use it at stud.
There are lethal genes commonly associated with mating 2 Dapple dogs together. The problems associated with the lethal genes in “Double Dapples” are varying degrees of vision and hearing loss, including missing eyes or “micro eyes”. Blindness and/or deafness can be caused by the Double Dapple gene combination. The KC will not register puppies from a Dapple to Dapple mating.
- Should I breed from my Dachshund bitch?
- Should I use my Dachshund dog at stud?
- Dachshund whelping and fertility
- Should I spay or neuter my Dachshund?
- Understanding genetics and genetic diversity
- Predict the Coefficient of Inbreeding of puppies from a proposed mating
- Colour and health – Double Dapple, Piebald, Blue and Isabella
- Double Trouble! Can you spot the Dapple Dachshund?
- The genetics of Dachshund coat and colour (pdf)
- Should we breed with Carriers? (pdf)
- The Popular Sire effect – the risks of over-using stud dogs
- Artificial insemination – KC requirements
- Socialising your puppies
The KC will not register Dachshund puppies from cross-coat or cross-variety matings (such as Mini Smooth x Mini Long, or a Standard x Mini).
Courtesy of Richard Connew, here are links to three videos: