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This page is prepared by Trustees of Dachshund Health UK and Dachshund Breed Council Pet Advisors to direct those interested in Dachshunds to trusted resources that answer the most common questions about the breed asked on social media and at pet events. You can also download this as a pdf. We hope you find it useful:


Dachshund Health UK(DHUK)  https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/  Registered charity supporting research into dachshund health and welfare. Website provides key information and guidance about buying, breeding, owning and caring dachshunds, plus detailed information on health conditions that typically affect the breed, including IVDD, eye disease, etc.

The UK Dachshund Breed Council (DBC) http://www.dachshundbreedcouncil.org.uk/ Set up to be a united voice for Dachshunds in the UK on behalf of the 17 Breed Clubs in the UK. The DBC liaises with the Kennel Club on behalf of the Breed Clubs.

Dachshund IVDD website https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/  created by UK Dachshund Breed Council and supported by Dachshund Health UK. Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) or Intervertebral Disc Herniation (IVDH) is by far the most common health problem in UK Dachshunds. 1 in 4 may be affected during in their lives. Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/860093780794508

Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD https://www.dedicatedtodachshunds.co.uk/. Equipment loans and advice for dachshunds with IVDD. Facebook: www.facebook.com/Dedicatedtodachshunds.

The Kennel Club https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/ Largest dog organisation in the UK: Registration and breeding services, maintain public database of  health test results, dog training and activities (Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, Crufts etc), Petlog database of microchipped animals, charity, including Kennel Club Chartiable Trust, supporting research into dog diseases (such as Lafora and IVDD in Dachshunds).

The Red Foundation (Emergency Dachshund Rescue UK) https://theredfoundation.net/. Non-profit organisation focusing on Dachshunds, offering adoption, fostering, surrendering, rehoming services, plus advice to help owners keep their dogs at home after all. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRedFoundation.DachshundRescue

Dachshund Rescue (finding forever homes) https://dachshundrescue.org.uk/ Rescue charity seeking to provide loving and permanent homes for dachshunds whose owners, for whatever reasons, can no longer keep them. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DachshundRescueUK

Perfectly Polite Dachshunds www.perfectlypolitedachshunds.com. Dachshund specific advice and support on training and behaviour. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=perfectly%20polite%20dachshunds


Buying a Dachshund: 

A Dog for all Seasons  https://dachshundbreedcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/a-dog-for-all-reasons-0821.pdf . A ‘brief’ summary about the breed and important information

Advice for Buyers https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/advice-for-buyers . Dachshunds are a very popular breed, especially miniature smooths. That’s why so many commercial, large scale breeders, back street breeders and scammers (with no real pups to sell) have jumped in to make easy money. It’s a real minefield for the unwary. The articles on this page are a ‘must read’ for anyone thinking of buying a dachshund.

Dilute colours: why to avoid them  https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/colour-dilutes

More information on colour, pattern, genetics and health https://bc8d07d3-e6d9-4196-a95a-009e2371b3bf.filesusr.com/ugd/707553_e8f7ec89037745b9bb1a3fae8e91ef4f.pdf

Insurance https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/symptoms-treatment/insurance/ Why it’s so important to factor in the cost of insurance (or have private funds) when buying a Dachshund.

Kennel Club Health Test Result finder database https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/search/health-test-results-finder/ the place to check that a dog advertised as KC Registered is actually registered, and that it does have the relevant recommended health tests (see document 1)

Owning a Dachshund:

Tips for new owners https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/tips-for-new-owners Including useful information about the most common topics asked by new owners on social media: house-training, exercise, body condition (weight), neutering  and barking.

Directory of LICENCED Dachshund & Small Dog Home Boarding and Day Care Providers https://www.facebook.com/Dachshunddirectory/

Breeding guidance https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/more-on-breeding

Information for vets https://bc8d07d3-e6d9-4196-a95a-009e2371b3bf.filesusr.com/ugd/707553_eade8bcfff2a4f7fa179e0c1e95f29a5.pdf (please share with vet!)

Blue and Isabella Support group https://www.facebook.com/groups/276331969470967/?ref=share

Submit a health report about your dog https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/submit-a-report

IVDD Information and Guidance:

Main IVDD symptoms and what to do https://www.dachshundhealth.org.uk/submit-a-report

Questions to ask your vet if you suspect your dog has IVDD https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/symptoms-treatment/clinical-diagnosis/questions-to-ask-your-vet/

How vets diagnose IVDD – and why X-ray diagnosis doesn’t work well https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/symptoms-treatment/clinical-diagnosis/

Surgical v Conservative (rest and medication)Treatment https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/symptoms-treatment/

Caring for your dog during recovery: in depth advice from an IVDD Specialist, the Rehab Vet

Will my dog recover from IVDD (euthanasia is not inevitable, even for badly affected dogs) https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/symptoms-treatment/will-my-dog-recover/

Cambridge Research https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/research/cambridge-research/

Back Screening before Breeding https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/screening-for-ivdd/

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