Posted tagged ‘Education’

Dachshund Club of Wales A2 Assessment Day 5th June 2016

December 12, 2015

DCW A2 2016


Emma Black reports on the Young Dachshund Club’s Seminar

September 21, 2015

YDC_Seminar_0915Around 30 people attended the Young Dachshund Club Seminar at Baginton Hall on Saturday 19th September. Although organised by the YDC, the seminar was open to people of all ages and levels of experience, with subjects that were helpful to both the novice and more seasoned Dachshund owners. It was a great and informal day, with talks by Aimee Llewellyn and Jeff Crawford.

Aimee presented her talk in the morning on breeding to balance health concerns, which covered a variety of topics such as complex diseases, avoiding exaggeration and inbreeding in dogs. Her presentation provided very clear and helpful guidance for breeders, which could be taken and applied to all dog breeds. She also spoke about DNA tests and the different resources that are available to breeders by the KC, including their Estimated Breeding Values tool and Mate Select programmes. The overall theme of her talk was that breeders should be looking at the whole picture of their dogs when selecting for breeding and not just particular attributes, emphasising the need for DNA testing to identify any potential risks.

After lunch Jeff Crawford presented his talk on interpreting the breed standard. Starting off, Jeff provided a fascinating introduction on the history of the Dachshund, from its original role in Germany to the development of the breed in the UK. Then with the help of a very well behaved standard smooth Dachshund, Jeff skilfully demonstrated a visual application of the breed standard, allowing a clear understanding of the standards’s terminology for the viewers. Not only this, he also talked about different points specific to the Dachshund which are not necessarily covered by the breed standard, but are important to watch out for when assessing dachshunds. Using his expertise of the breed, Jeff delivered an insightful look into the Dachshund, providing helpful tips for anyone who may be showing, judging or simply assessing their own dogs.

The day came to a close with the ‘hands on workshop’ in the afternoon, which gave an opportunity for attendees then to put what they had just learned about the breed standard into action, by going over the different varieties of dachshunds. The informal and friendly atmosphere provided a chance for anyone to ask any questions directly about any of the varieties, and to get advice on care and grooming.

Overall the day went very well, providing everyone with helpful and transferable information. With the permission of the Dachshund Breed Council, their Breed Standard Quick Guide, Guide for Judges and Introduction to Critique Writing were handed out to the attendees, supplying them with helpful guides that can be taken home and further educate on assessing the breed.

It was encouraging to see that we were joined by a few people relatively new to Dachshunds and the world of showing, who hopefully found the day helpful and informative. Thank you to everyone involved who made the day a success.

Emma Black


Stoneleigh Pet Show 2015

August 3, 2015

Gill Key, one of our Pet Advisors on the Breed Council’s Health Committee, organised this year’s Stoneleigh Pet Show.  Her helpers were Judy Mitchell, Rhiannon Alexander, Mike Wedge, Iona Phillips, Carole Bell, Caroline Gudgeon and Sarah Treadwell-Whitlock. Thank you to all of them.

Gill also created three new fold-up banners for the show, which will also be available for use at other Breed Council events. We are grateful to Gill for her generosity and hard work.

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Thank you to all our Stoneleigh Pet Show helpers

August 25, 2014

Thank you to Emma Newman, Gill Key, Jayne Gosney, Abi Pates, Sarah Treadwell-Whitlock, Caroline Gudgeon and Judy Mitchell who looked after the Dachshund booth at the Stoneleigh Pet Show recently.  We really appreciate the time and commitment you put into this, to help show off your Dachshunds and educate the visitors to the show.

Photos (below) courtesy of Emma Newman.

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Clare Rusbridge’s presentations on Epilepsy, Lafora and IVDD from our recent seminar are now available

February 16, 2014

You can download pdf copies of Clare Rusbridge’s two presentations (IVDD  and Epilepsy/Lafora) by clicking on the images below.  You can also download some notes from the Epilepsy presentation, taken on the day, which include questions and discussion points: Dachshund Breed Council Neurology and IVDD Seminar – lafora and epilepsy













Dachshund Club Breed Seminar and A2 Assessment – Saturday 19th July 2014

February 1, 2014

The Dachshund Club will be holding a Breed Seminar and A2 Assessment on Saturday 19th July 2014.

Discover_Dogs_Nov_2012The Seminar aims to provide an opportunity to learn about Dachshunds, whatever your current knowledge and experience. The speakers will be Jeff Crawford (Voryn) and Jeff Horswell (Drakesleat) who will talk about the Breed Standard and act as assessors.

For those who meet the UK Dachshund Clubs’ criteria (*), there will be an opportunity to be assessed and, if successful, have your name put forward for the Kennel Club/ UK Dachshund Breed Council A2 Judging List when all the other relevant criteria have been met. The assessments will take place in the afternoon and those people attending just the seminar may stay to watch, if they wish.

All participants can choose to sit the Breed Council’s Written Assessment Paper which forms part of the A2 approval criteria. The Written Paper will be available during the afternoon and there is a Pass Mark of 70%.

The venue is Overseal Village Hall, Overseal, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6NF. This is easy to find, just off the M42/A42 and is a venue already used for dog club events.

Lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments, are included in the ticket price of £25 for those who wish to be assessed, or £20 for those who do not wish to be assessed.

The Seminar starts at 10:00, with coffee being served from 09:30.

Numbers for the assessment are limited, so if you would like to attend, please complete the Booking Form below. Places will be given on a first come basis initially to those who meet the Breed Council criteria * Send a cheque, payable to The Dachshund Club. (Confirmation will be e-mailed to you, with full information about the day sent nearer the time).


* In order to be assessed, you must already have judged a minimum of 150 Dachshunds.


I wish to book a place for the:


Seminar/Written Paper/A2 Assessment (delete those that no not apply)

and enclose a cheque/postal order (payable to The Dachshund Club for £25/£20.


I have judged approx. _______ Dachshunds


I award CCs in another breed yes/no Special dietary requirements y/n










Post Code:_______________ Phone:______________________________




Return to: Jeff Horswell, 25 Whatton Road, Kegworth, Derbyshire DE74 2EZ

Tel: 01509 674059 e-mail:

Dachshund and Borzoi Breed Seminar 16th March 2014 to be held in N. Yorkshire

February 1, 2014




Sunday 16th March 2014 9.30am – 4pm



DACHSHUNDS – Breed Specialist, Mr. Ian Seath (Sunsong)

BORZOIS – Breed Specialist, Mr. Roger Heap (Rae)


A lunch is included in the ticket price (£25) and, a copy of the Breed Standards.

If you wish to attend, please fill out the form below, detach and return it with your cheque or postal order (made payable to THE EAST YORKSHIRE DACHSHUND CLUB), to:- Mrs. Katherine Herrington, Chair/Treasurer E.Y.D.C., 5 Linden Close, Huntington, York, N. Yorks. YO32 9RQ

Telephone – 01904 761903. E-mail



I wish to book ________ places for the HANDS ON SEMINAR £25 each.