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Dachshund Town 2018

June 10, 2018

We would like to thank Sam and Kerry, the organisers of Dachshund Town 2018, for allowing the Breed Council to have a stand at the event in Milton Keynes on 9th June. They generously also supplied a hamper for us to raffle in aid of funds for our Charity: Dachshund Health UK.

There were lots of very well-behaved Dachshunds enjoying a day in the sun with fun show classes and other competitions.

We had the opportunity to meet with many owners and offer advice on buying and owning a Dachshund. A few dogs were over-weight and we had discussions about diet and exercise with their owners.

At DachshundTown

Among the numerous stands, Dachshund Rescue and The Red Foundation both also had a presence and were fundraising for their good causes. Both these rescue organisations are reporting an increase in calls for help and, like us, worry about the over-popularity of Mini Smooths. The current demand is fuelling an increase in illegal imports, puppy farming and breeders jumping on the bandwagon to sell “rare coloured” Dachshunds.

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Thinking of buying a Dachshund? Would you be the “perfect buyer?”

February 11, 2018

Download our Buyer’s Guide but read on first…

Be a good buyer

Dachshunds at the Stoneleigh Pet Show 2016

July 30, 2016

Stoneleigh 2016 (1)

Yet again, huge thanks are due to the team of volunteers who manned the DBC stand at the Pet Show at Stoneleigh in the West Midlands on 23rd/24th July.  Special thanks go to:

  • Sarah Treadwell-Whitlock and Jayne Yardley-Gosney, who managed the team on Saturday and Sunday respectively, as well as setting up and dismantling it (Sarah also hand-made the wonderful sausage-themed bunting, and her teenage children were valuable additional helpers on the day)
  • Iona Philips for arranging delivery of the banners and leaflets and doing her stint on the stand
  • Catherine Jeremiah, Bev Campbell, Sarah Austin, Judy Mitchell, Caroline Gudgeon, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Swansea and Liverpool to help out, and Fleur Stewart-Smith, who stepped in at the last minute when our Standard dachshund representative on the very small stand was taken ill
  • Last but not least, all the delightful dogs who were incredibly well behaved . … and very tired by the end of the day

Stoneleigh 2016 (2)The weekend was very hot, and very busy, but very worthwhile, with well over 200 inquisitive real and would be dachshund owners asking for advice … or just coming to have cuddles over the two days.

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Dachshunds: an online course from the Pet Professionals

April 6, 2016

pet-professionals-logoThe Pet Professionals’ online courses are designed to help responsible pet owners improve their knowledge on how to look after their pet. Written by qualified professionals, their online courses guide you, at your own pace, though your learning.

The Dachshund is an extremely popular breed of dog and this new course provides you with the key things that you need to know before you buy a Dachshund and, following purchase, how to take best care of him or her.

The course covers:

  • Origins of the breed
  • Dachshund health issues
  • Are you ready for a Dachshund puppy?
  • Temperament
  • Finding the right breeder
  • What to look for when buying a puppy
  • Rehoming an older Dachshund
  • The main considerations when you bring your new puppy home, including feeding, house training and exercise
  • Health and general care of your Dachshund
  • Common ailments and back problems including the lifestyle factors affecting the dog
  • Training and exercise
  • Breeding from your Dachshund

You can buy access to this course for a one-off fee, or take out a subscription which will give you access to a wide range of other courses. The course includes 90 minutes of video presentations, a quiz to test your knowledge at the end and links to additional resources and further reading.


Thinking of buying a Dachshund from the internet? READ THIS

February 13, 2016

Dachshund Buyer Beware

Discover Dogs Press Release from the Kennel Club

August 9, 2015


The number of people searching for Dachshund puppies (sometimes referred to as ‘sausage dogs’) has increased three fold since the beginning of the year, after a spate of TV programmes, adverts and celebrities have popularised the breed.

New figures released for the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Discover Dogs event, taking place at ExCel Exhibition Centre on 17 and 18 October, shows that there were almost 150,000 searches for Dachshund puppies on the Kennel Club Find A Puppy service in the first three months of the year, compared to just over 46,000 in the same period in 2014. The increase is across all Dachshund breeds – the standard and miniature varieties of the smooth, wire and long haired breeds.

The miniature smooth haired dachshund is now the twentieth most popular breed of dog in the UK, according to Kennel Club registrations statistics. When all varieties of the breed are brought together it is the eleventh most popular choice in the UK.

The increase in interest comes after the Vitality adverts which started in January this year, featured a Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund, who appeared alongside Jessica Ennis and Johnny Wilkinson. Searches for Smooth Haired Dachshunds, featured in the ads, increased 41 percent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the preceding three months.

Dachshunds have also been popularised by Gogglebox, after couple Steph and Dom are frequently shown with their Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund, Gigi and by social media sensations Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman, who have 1.4 million Twitter followers, and who have recently bought a Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund, called Martha.

Celebrities owning Dachshunds include chart topper Adele and actress Kirsten Dunst.

The Kennel Club is inviting people to come along to its unique Eukanuba Discover Dogs event to meet the different varieties of Dachshund and around 200 other dog breeds, to find out which is best for their lifestyle.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “There has been a staggering increase in the number of people looking for Dachshund puppies on the Kennel Club’s Find A Puppy service in the last year and it seems that adverts and celebrities have had a big impact.

“There is no doubt that these dogs have the cute factor and can make perfect pets for many people but we do have concerns that popular culture can result in dogs becoming some kind of fashion accessory, which sadly results in these dogs being dumped when their new owners realise the commitment it takes to take care for a dog.

“We urge people to remember that in addition to the popular dog breeds with a high profile, there are 215 dog breeds in the UK, some of which people have probably never seen or heard of, and these can all be met at our Eukanuba Discover Dogs event at ExCel in October, so that people can make sure they get the right breed for them.

“We also remind people to go to a responsible breeder such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who will have been inspected and taken care of their pups’ health, because often, when there is a sudden peak in interest for a particular breed, those people who are prepared to cut corners to make money, to the detriment of their dogs’ welfare, move in to fill the gap in demand.”

Ian Seath, Chairman of the Dachshund Breed Council said: “Dachshunds are fun, friendly characters but they are also strong-willed and take time and commitment, so we urge people to meet them and talk to breed experts before they buy. They may be small but they need mental stimulation and exercise or they can become noisy and destructive.

“Dachshunds are really big dogs in little bodies and people need to remember that they should be treated as dogs not toys.”

9th August 2015

For journalists who would like further information, please contact Heidi Ancell-Day on 07800 937070

The accompanying images have been supplied for editorial use only and should be credited to the Kennel Club.

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Notes to Editors

Kennel Club Find a Puppy Search Statistics

Jan-March 2014 Oct-Dec 2014 Jan-March 2015
Miniature Long Haired Dachshund 5879 34656 22354
Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund 22045 36283 52795
Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund 8482 12579 56742
Long Haired Dachshund 3666 4209 5930
Smooth Haired Dachshund 3945 3849 5235
Wire Haired Dachshund 2103 2228 3571

Discover Dogs

  • Eukanuba Discover Dogs, run by the Kennel Club, is London’s biggest dog event. It enables people to meet and greet more than 200 breeds of dog and talk to breed experts about their unique character traits. There are also hundreds of trade stands selling gifts for dogs and dog lovers, the Scruffts family crossbreed of the year semi-final, agility displays, and much more.
  • Eukanuba Discover Dogs takes place on 17th and 18th October at ExCel Exhibition Centre
  • Advance tickets cost £14.30 for adults and £11 for children, over sixties and students. Free admission for children under 12. On the door tickets cost £16 for adults and £13 concessions.
  • Opening times are 10.00 – 17.00
  • Eukanuba Discover Dogs is sponsored by Eukanuba dog food.


Dachshund internet adverts: “Buyer beware!”

September 14, 2014

It’s not unusual for us to be sent details of adverts from internet puppy sales sites where people are worried about the dogs being advertised.  Their two main concerns are puppies from parents that have not been health-tested, or Double-Dapple puppies.

Our guidance for puppies buyers is simple in relation to these two concerns:

  • ALL Miniatures should be DNA screened for cord1 PRA before breeding (unless they are recorded by the KC as Hereditary Clear) and at least one of the parents MUST have been tested Clear
  • ALL  Miniature Wires should be DNA screened for Lafora Disease before breeding (unless they are recorded by the KC as Hereditary Clear) and at least one of the parents MUST have been tested Clear
  • Do not buy a Dachshund with large patches of white. It may be Double-Dapple with sight and hearing problems

What are the warning signs in internet adverts?

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  • Delivery can be arranged – ALWAYS visit the puppies in their home and make sure you SEE MUM
  • The cross-breeding of the three coats and two sizes is not permitted by the UK Kennel Club
  • Rare colours” – watch out for health problems and rip-off prices
  • Two (or more) litters available at the same time – is this a commercial breeder?  Ask how many litters they breed per year.  If they breed more than 4 litters p.a. they will need a Local Authority Breeding Licence
  • Would you buy from someone who can’t even spell Dachshund (or Miniature, or Standard)?

Please read our “Buying a Dachshund” pages.   Quite often, when we investigate, we find the pedigrees of these puppies are works of fiction with puppies being registered with colours that would be genetically impossible from the stated parents.  Where we are able to obtain substantial evidence, we report these cases to the Kennel Club for investigation and follow-up.

Of course, it’s perfectly possible that these types of advert are from people breeding good quality Dachshunds, but the message is “Do your homework“.

Dachshund Buyer Beware