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The Midland Dachshund Club Mentoring / Breed Seminar 7/1/18

October 30, 2017

Midland DC logoThe Midland Dachshund Club would like to invite you to a Mentoring day. This is an opportunity to go over a number Dachshunds with some of the country’s leading Dachshund Mentors.

Sunday 7th January 2018

To be held at Calf Heath Village Hall, Straight Mile, Calf Heath, Wolverhampton, WV10 7DW at 10 a.m.

AM – Breed Standard and Judging a Dachshund presented by Ruth Lockett-Walters (Ralines) including open-floor Questions/Answers throughout the presentation.

Buffet Lunch (included in cost)

PM – Mentoring/Hands-on Session on varieties of Dachshunds. Opportunity to go over a variety of Dachshunds with a leading Dachshund Mentor, giving lots of opportunity to ask breed-specific questions.

The Dachshund Breed Council Breed Standard Exam can also be taken at an extra cost of £5. This must be pre-booked in advance with your payment.



MEMBERSHIP £3.50 Single / £4.50 Joint

All enquiries to Daniel Roberts 01785 664461



The genetics of Dachshund coats and colours – 2017 video presentation

April 13, 2017

Dachshund IVDD Screening and Coat/Colour Genetics presentations

April 2, 2017

The links below are to Ian Seath’s presentation on the UK IVDD Screening programme and Helen Geeson’s presentation on the genetics of Dachshund coat and colour.

Both presentations were made at the 2nd April 2017 seminar run by ECDA and the Miniature DC.

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Dachshund Coat Colours and their inheritance









New KC Breed Watch Guide – advice for Dachshund exhibitors and judges

November 10, 2016

The Kennel Club has published a fantastic new resource for judges and exhibitors to explain the requirements of Breed Watch.

The new guide is available to access from the KC website as a pdf, here.

Breed Watch offers opportunities for judges to develop their understanding and raises awareness of health and welfare, ensuring it remains a key priority when judging and exhibiting dogs at shows. The new resource features guidance for judges on individual breeds, the regulations that apply to judges when judging breeds within the Breed Watch categories and further information on how the Kennel Club uses information received from judges to work with breeds to make health and welfare improvements.

If you would like to request a hard copy of the booklet, click here.

For Dachshund exhibitors and judges, the three Miniature varieties are listed in Breed Watch Category 2 where the point of concern is body weight/condition. This relates, primarily, to dogs that may appear to be thin. The Breed Council’s guidance on Dachshund body weight and condition is here.

For those Dachshund owners interested in showing their dog, the Breed Standard defines the Miniature and Standard varieties on the basis of their weight:
Standards: 9-12 kg (20-26 lbs), Miniatures: Ideal weight 4.5 kg (10 lbs), desired maximum weight 5 kg (11 lbs);  The Breed Standard also says: Exhibits which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised.  
Remember, the Breed Standard describes the ideal sizes of Standard and Miniature Dachshunds; these ARE NOT “target weights” for individual dogs.  Every Dachshund will be different and will need to be fed to keep his ideal weight for his frame.
Judges have a responsibility to ensure that there are no welfare issues, particularly of Miniature Dachshunds, related to the weight clause in the Breed Standard.  You can download the Breed Council’s Dach-Facts information sheet here.  A dog is too thin if, when running your fingertips over its body without applying any pressure, you can:
  1. Easily feel the ribcage and
  2. Easily feel the spine and
  3. Easily feel the shoulder-blades and hip-bones
If your Dachshund is one of life’s “thin dogs” no matter how much you feed him or her, you would be well advised not to show him/her, however good you feel he/she is in other respects.
Sometimes, young male dogs can go through a phase of not eating well and appearing underweight; such dogs would be best left at home until they body-up, rather than being shown looking thin.  It is equally unacceptable to show a dog that is overweight and who looks like it needs more exercise and/or less food.
Dachshunds should be shown in fit, well-muscled condition so that it is clear they could do the work for which they were originally bred.

Welt Union Teckel (WUT) Annual Meeting 2016

July 31, 2016

We are grateful to Minna Hagan (ECDA Secretary) for sharing the report of the WUT’s Annual Meeting. The WUT is a worldwide voluntary association of associations and clubs for Teckels/Dachshunds belonging to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) or who have an association agreement with the FCI. The WUT was founded in 1992. It has 25 member countries. WUT


The annual meeting of the Welt Union Teckel was held in Vantaa, Helsinki on 13th Feb 2016.

Exceptionally large number of member countries attended the annual meeting this year, only Poland and Denmark were absent.

The event, which usually proceeds according to a formal protocol, had a surprise start when the representative for The Netherlands made his speech in English. The official language of WUT meetings is German. Austrian rep Mr Osterman proposed that the rules relating to the official language should be clarified and that the only official language to be used should be German. The representative for The Netherlands pointed out that it would be more practical to use English going forward as it is proving quite difficult to find representatives who are fluent in German. The meeting decided to add this onto the agenda for next year.

The representative for Sweden asked the meeting if it would be possible to have a joint rep between member countries. This was viewed as impractical as well as impossible by the meeting.

Dachshunds around the world

As per the protocol each member country presented their latest news to the meeting.

Germany: Membership 18,000. Out of all coats the wirehaired was the most popular and longs the least popular in 2015. On the working side, the increased wolf population has brought its challenges, especially with “driving” dachshunds around Germany.

In Germany working tests are going strong as well as in Switzerland and Austria, where an eye testing programme has also been started.

Czech Republic/Slovakia: 2000 puppies were registered in the Czech Republic compared to 500 in Slovakia. In both countries, the most popular variety was Standard Wire. A WUT judging meeting was held in the Czech Republic in 2015. This meeting was attended by 26 judges from 12 different countries.

Spain: There are around 200 members in Spain, and the country has recently put in place a working test programme.

North America: North America has met the FCI Breed Standard with enthusiasm. The Dachshund population is increasing especially in miniature & kanichen longs where many breeders have their puppies reserved for many years to come.

France: Approximately 3000 puppies were registered in 2015. Most popular variety again being the Wirehaired. Approx 450 dogs took working tests in 2015.

The Netherlands: The Dutch Dachshund Club has approximately 200 members. Registration of puppies has gone down 300 from 2014 and the number of registrations is 2240. The biggest problem in The Netherlands is unregistered litters with registrations decreasing across all breeds.

The popularity of kanichen and miniature smooths has increased as well as with miniature wires, whereas the previously popular longs have declined.

Working tests are few and far between mainly due to lack of ground and judges. Same applies to small countries like Belgium and Luxembourg.

Sweden: Membership numbers in the Swedish Taxklubben stands at 5000 and in 2016 1495 puppies were registered. The increasing number of wolves has had an impact in the popularity of wires, which are commonly used for hunting.

Both show and working test scenes have been very active in Sweden throughout 2015.

Norway: Membership has increased in Norway and is now over 2200. In 2015 808 puppies were registered. Oslo organised the European Winner show in 2015, where 361 dachshunds were judged. Working tests also play an important part in the Norwegian Calendar.

Estonia: The newest WUT member only has 45 members but the working side is extremely active and popular with many different disciplines e.g. wild boar test.

Russia: Overall registrations in Russia have gone down by 15% and stand now at 8700 registrations per annum. Popularity of kanichens and miniatures has increased and registration numbers of miniature smooths have overtaken registration of standard smooths. Russia also organises a large number of national and international shows and working tests in fox hunting.

At the organisational level the Russian Dachshund Club has a totally new committee lead by previous Chairman.


The hot topic of the annual meeting was the Breed Standard, which was briefly discussed in 2014.

Miniature & Kanichen: A proposal was put forward to differentiate between measuring kanichen & miniature dogs. It was proposed that when measuring dogs, a 2 cm leeway should be given, compared to bitches, where the measurements would stay the same.

Standards: The proposed measurements for Standards are:

Dogs    37-47cm

Bitches 32-45cm

Setting an upper limit should help to keep the size down.

The varying shape of heads across all standard dachshunds was also a concern with mostly longs having the correct shape head. In the other varieties a heavier head was more common and this is incorrect according to the breed standard. Another point of concern was the increase in presence of dewlaps across all varieties.

Colours: It was noted that an unacceptable coloured dachshund was awarded a prize at the World Winner show 2015 held in Milan. Chocolate dapples and brindles were also discussed due to the increased popularity of “colour breeding”. The meeting unanimously decided that colour should not be the main priority when breeding.

Representatives from Slovenia, North America,, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands were elected as breed specialist to consult with the Deutscher Teckelklub in order to streamline and clarify the breed standard in order to get rid of number of appendices, which only confuse breeders and judges.

Double Trouble! Can you spot the Dapple Dachshund?

July 4, 2015

We are grateful to Beverley Campbell for writing this interesting article about how difficult it can be to identify some Dapple puppies and for allowing us to share her photographs:

I own, and occasionally breed, miniature longhaired dachshunds and I am passionate about breeding for health and temperament, particularly because before I knew as much as I do now, I bought two bitches from the same breeder, which turned out to be Cord1 PRA affected, and they have since gone blind.

I am very concerned about the number of dachshunds advertised for sale by breeders who are breeding dapple miniature longs and smooths, who assume that they can tell, just by eye, that the breeding combination is safe.

Double Dapple is the result of mating two Dapple Dachshunds together. A DD dog will always have white markings, many in the same pattern that you would associate with a collie-type dog (band around the neck, white on paws, nose, and tail tip) and often has blue eyes, but may have one or both dark eyes. There are serious health risks associated with breeding two dapples together, as DD puppies may have varying degrees of vision and hearing loss, including missing eyes or micro eyes.

Whilst the standard advice, therefore, is never to breed two dapples together, the danger comes from how easy it is to miss the dapple marking in one of the proposed breeding pair, thus unwittingly breeding a double dapple mating. The Kennel Club will not register puppies bred from two Dapple parents.

Here’s a perfect example of how difficult it can be to spot a dapple; last year, I bred my girl Lolo, a dapple, to Lewis, a black/cream brindle sire. She produced three perfectly healthy and strong bitch puppies. One, Fleur, was an obvious dapple. Bev Campbell 1Of the other two, Tink had a large white flash on her chest and Belle a much smaller and less well defined one. Are they dapples or not? What do you think?

Bev Campbell 3 Bev Campbell 2When they were two weeks old, I asked my Vet, Rob Dunn, to take a small blood sample from Tink and Belle’s pads, which I then sent off to Laboklin to have the DNA Dapple Test.

When the results came back, I was in for a surprise. One was confirmed as solid colour, the other a dapple …. it was Belle, the dog with the less obvious markings, who was the dapple!

Unfortunately, as yet, you cannot rely on the colour descriptions on the Kennel Club Mate Select service. The Kennel Club only relatively recently restricted colour registration to those accepted within the Breed Standard, which means there are some pretty peculiar descriptions out there in the pedigrees. Even now, colour description is still down to the discretion of the person who makes the registration, though the KC will challenge impossible results.

I am firmly of the belief that unless you know for sure, through thorough genetic research and personal knowledge of all the dogs in the pedigree back several generations, the responsible thing to do is to use the Laboklin test, which is quick, cheap and simple to do. You can either take bloods or use a saliva swab test kit which the laboratory will send to you and the results are normally back within a couple of weeks.

To get your stud or dam tested, or to find out more, contact Laboklin UK.

Read more about Dachshund Colour and Health.

Read our Double Dapple Fact-sheet which has advice for breeders and buyers.












Dachshund Breed Standard amendment June 2012

June 20, 2012

The KC has approved an amendment to the Colour Clause of our UK Breed Standard. All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occurs all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate/dapple where they are brown.

The amendment is the addition of: “Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours isabella and blue are highly undesirable. ”

We originally asked the KC to make Isabella and Blue “unacceptable”, on health grounds.  Both these dilute colours are known for having skin problems such as Colour Dilution Alopecia.

Double Dapple is “unacceptable” because of its well-known health risks and the KC will not register puppies from two Dapple parents. The other colours are now “highly undesirable” in the show-ring (and, in reality we don’t see any here at UK shows). View the illustrated guide to the Breed Standard…

For examples of colours and patterns look here.