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Time to buy your Christmas Cards and support our IVDD charities

July 2, 2018

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This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is again raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected with the disease. EVERY PENNY (the entire £5) from the sale of these lovely cards will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council’s research into the condition and the charity, ‘Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD’ which raises money for rehabilitation, wheelchairs and strollers.  There is a choice of 5 designs:

‘Shopping Season’is a lovely design, generously donated by Joy FitzSimmons of London Pooch.  Little dachsie in wheels takes centre stage on this fun and festive card  

Christmas Jumper’ shows a cheeky sausage proudly showing off his festive jumper. Image is adapted from an original design by Super Cat

‘Snow Sausage’ features Jemma, a very cute mini long hair dachsie. Image is by kind permission of Chris Meads (photographer) and Maureen Meads (owner)

‘Wirey Christmas’ shows an adorable wire haired dachshund carefully guarding a pile of presents. Image is from an original photo by Ivonne Wierink

‘All Wrapped Up’ is an original design by Amy Cartwright and depicts a happy little sausage dog in the snow, his loooong body cosily cocooned in a festive red scarf.


Order yours here.


Dachshund Breed Council AGM 2018

May 7, 2018

The Breed Council held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 6th May 2018. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Council and a number of the delegates attending the AGM have been delegates since 2008.

The Chairman presented his review of 2017 and covered the following topics:

  • Education and training, including the Council’s long-standing commitment to the development of judges
  • CC allocation and the awaited decision on the future of clubs and rotational CCs
  • Screening for IVDD and the fundraising to support this
  • Lafora disease and the registration of recessive coated puppies
  • The demise of Dog World and the importance of the dog press
  • A thank you to all the volunteers who give their time freely for the benefit of the breed

Katherine Herrington presented the Accounts which showed a balance of around £29,000 in the newly formed Charity: Dachshund Health UK. Katherine was re-elected as Treasurer for a 3-year term.

Anne Moore was re-elected as Vice-chair for a 1-year term.

The AGM was followed by the Council’s ordinary meeting.

Dachshund Breed Note writers now have their own blog!

April 5, 2018

Daniel Roberts and Katherine Herrington now have their own dedicated blog for UK Breed Notes. Follow their weekly notes here…

Valerie Skinner – another “Dachshund great” who will be sadly missed

March 24, 2018

We were saddened to hear today of the passing of Valerie Skinner (Ritterburg). Val had been unwell for some time and we understand she was in a care home when she passed away this morning. Apparently, she was “talking right up to the end”, which will come as no surprise to those who knew her and loved her.


Val was the recipient of the Dachshund Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her contribution to the breed and to Dachshund Rescue, in particular, was enormous. Her death comes 3 years to the week since the passing of her husband John.

We are sure the Dachshund community will wish to send their condolences to Val’s family at this sad time.



More Dachshunds in the Obreedience finals at Crufts – please support Mini Mayhem!

March 5, 2018

We have previously blogged news of the Dachtastic team who qualified for the Obreedience finals at Crufts. Today, we heard that Mini Mayhem who were the reserves have been called in to be the 10th team competing at Crufts.

IMG_1920All the handlers are members of the Southern Dachshund Association: Fizz Carter, on the Committee, with Lily, Steffi Bourne, Newsletter Editor with Raffy, Stella Smyth with Dusty & Pebbles (Pebbles is handled by one of her girls, Christine, who works at her kennels). This is such good and positive publicity for Dachshunds.

So in ten teams, two are Dachshunds; pretty impressive knowing how very stubborn they can be! The team has to do heelwork together, sendaways, retrieves, call and stop on command in a given square and scent work.

You can support Mini Mayhem and Dachtastic on Thursday 8th March at 4:30 in the Obedience Ring.

Good luck everyone!

Support the Dachtastic Obreedience team at Crufts 2018

February 2, 2018
Will you be at Crufts on Thursday the 8th of March?
Dachtastic Obreedience 2018The Dachtastic Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Obreedience team have made it to the finals for the second year running! Last year’s support from the audience was amazing and really helped calm the team’s nerves, seeing all those flags waving thems on.
They want to beat their fabulous 3rd place from last year, but can’t do this without everyone’s support.
Once you have finished shopping, catching up with everyone and need a sit-down, take a pew in the obreedience ring (Hall 5) around 4.30pm and support them!