||OK to BREED from
||NO NEVER EVER!
NO NEVER EVER!
(50% PRA 50% CARRIER)
(ALL PUPS 100% CARRIER)
NO NEVER EVER!
(APPROX 25% PUPS
WOULD BE PRA 50% CARRIER 25%CLEAR)
(APPROX 50% PUPS WOULD BE CLEAR 50% CARRIER)
(ALL 100% PUPS WOULD BE CLEAR)
Click on the icon for a recent article on PRA
The Kennel Club provides updated lists of all Dogs PRA
tested and their results - If you know the Kennel name of a parent you can
make sure everything is in order by checking the links below and then
checking the results of both parents with the chart above.
PRA Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Clears
PRA Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Carriers
PRA Miniature Longhaired Dachshund Affected
Click here for additional Dachshund breed council information
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Some Dachshunds are prone to
back disorder which is possibly linked to people aiming for a very flat back
for showing purposes and or breeding much smaller dogs with inherently
weaker bone structures. Recent research suggests SOME back issues are now genetic
so check your breeders history on this before buying a dog from them. Our own dogs all have good strong boning and thus strong backs with a normal natural slight curve
(they require a slight curve for strength and health) as are those we use to
breed with. We breed for long rib cages to help ensure strong backs.
The problem occurs when the inner jelly protrudes or
herniates through the fibrous layer into the vertebral canal and presses on
the spinal cord. This compression may be slight or severe and this will
depend on the amount of protrusion into the canal.
Type I intervertebral disk disease usually occurs in
dogs with short thick legs such as dachshunds. Although short legs are
normal for this breeds it is basically the result of abnormal development of
cartilage. The disks in these dogs become more like cartilage than fibrous
tissue, this increases the risk of rupture into the vertebral canal. This
can occur in these dogs at a fairly young age 3-6 years and sometimes
younger and can occur at several sites in the back, causing considerable
Type II intervertebral disk disease often only
partial protrusion not complete rupture and mostly seen in dogs that do not
have the short thick legs and are larger breeds. Usually appears in older
6-10 years and develops more slowly and is less severe than Type 1.
Type III intervertebral disk disease this is a fairly
rare, type of disc rupture and is most damaging and traumatic. The disc
material herniates severally and may actually enter the spinal cord, so
causing severe damage. This may result in some areas of the cord dying. The
damage may be so severe that the only humane option is euthanasia.
Signs of canine back problems or disk disease - Type 1
usually starts quite quickly and is usually severe depending on the amount
of pressure on the spinal cord, there may be pain in the region of the neck,
weakness or paralysis in some or all the limbs. Pain is the main sign of
this disease and may be steady or occasional, sudden movement causes
excruciating pain. Type 11 intervertebral disk disease - usually
develops much more slowly over several months, with pain, weakness or
paralysis in some or all of the limbs.
IVDD can result in permanent paralysis and incontinence if not treated.
Medical treatment of this disease consists of anti
inflammatory medication and strict rest (in a cage) toileting your dog on a
lead. Surgery is a possibility in serious cases to relieve the pressure on
the spinal cord, recovery after surgery ranges from fair to good depending
on certain factors. Other options are hydrotherapy, massage, acupuncture,
herbal homeopathic treatments, and to assist if paralysed a dog wheelchair.
It is critical to seek veterinarian help immediately, if you think your dog
has a back problem, your vet will discuss with you the treatment options
available in your dogs particular case.
here for more detailed technical information
Click here for really useful information on IVDD
3. Size ZERO - or when is a
Miniature Dachshund not a Miniature Dachshund
Currently most shows weight miniature Dachshunds, those OVER
11lbs / 5kg are deemed to be at fault - too big/heavy. This is an
artificially introduced weight to categorise a miniature Dachshund for a
standard AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING OVER WEIGHT.
The Kennel club DOES NOT APPROVE of weighing and has recently stated the following:
Weighing of Miniature
2nd Feb 2009
The General Committee of the Kennel
Club has considered the stance taken by the Dachshund
Breed Council with regard to the weighing of Miniature
Dachshunds at shows i.e. that ‘judges who refuse to
weigh Miniature Dachshunds may have their names removed
from the Breed Council (and UK Clubs’) Judging Lists and
will not be offered appointments at any Breed
Having considered this matter, the
Committee is of the opinion that those judges who refuse
to weigh Miniature Dachshunds are being penalised by the
Breed Council for so doing. The impact on new judges is
thought to be particularly important in that, by placing
a barrier to those who refuse to weigh being offered
appointments to judge at breed club open shows,
progression is effectively being blocked. It was the
Committee’s view that any judges choosing not to weigh,
as is their privilege under the new Regulations, should
be supported by the Kennel Club.
Being mindful that the Kennel Club
has, for potential welfare reasons, taken a line against
weighing and has discontinued the practice at its own
show Crufts, and in view of its focus on health and
welfare issues, the Committee did not agree with the
expressed attitude of the Dachshund Breed Council. It
suggested that if the Breed Council persisted in taking
such a stance certain consequences would follow:
it would no longer consider any
necessity for a prospective judge of Miniature
Dachshunds to have undertaken an appointment at a
breed club open show and
it would not seek Breed Council
opinion for any future nominations to judge the
breed at Kennel Club Challenge Certificate level.
Though it has been agreed by the
General Committee that no outright ban on weighing
should be imposed meantime, its decision to allow the
weighing of Miniature Dachshunds to continue at the
discretion of the judge and the show concerned,
will continue to be kept under strict review by the
In the meantime it should be noted
that, in line with previous Kennel Club announcements,
both the judge and the show society concerned
must be in agreement on whether or not weighing takes
place and each is therefore responsible for arriving at
this decision. The Kennel Club has made its position
clear on this subject, in deciding that at its own show
Crufts judges will not weigh Miniature Dachshunds,.
It has also been suggested that to
avoid any potential allegations regarding the health and
welfare of Miniature Dachshunds, water bowls should be
placed in the Miniature Dachshund rings at shows. It is
hoped that the Dachshund Breed Council and show
societies will give their wholehearted support to this
Many are split on this, chiefly on the point of when is a
Miniature Dachshund not a Miniature Dachshund? The main concern is that if
the weight was increased this time miniatures
would become bigger and bigger and thus in the eyes of some no longer
miniatures. Then we'll eventually get to the same point again, increase the
weight limit and they
will get even bigger as has apparently happened in Australia.
Our stance is quite simply: WE DO NOT WEIGH OUR DOGS; we
don't feel we need or want to as we simply look to see that they are healthy
and fit for original purpose. When our dogs are shown they are either within
weight or not, either way they will still be shown as a fit for purpose
healthy dog as that is our prime objective full stop. We will not at any
time let weight get in the way of a good dog and or prevent us from entering
it into a show.
The bad side of this is:
Giving laxatives, Starving and Depriving dogs of water in
order to get them within weight is quite frankly wrong and given the mess
many young girls are in I would have hoped people would know better by now.
Any rule that encourages this practice no matter how remotely seems
fundamentally flawed. People are different builds and weights as are dogs,
attempting to shoe horn them into a one size fits all in order to define a
miniature variant of breed certainly needs some considerable work yet.
At the other end of the scale there are many breeders (mostly puppy farmers) who breed for
a fit it in your handbag very light boned pretty commercial sells very well type
dog this is not what the miniature Dachshund was originally bred for and
therefore is in our opinion very wrong. Certainly NOT FIT FOR ORIGINAL PURPOSE unless of course
there are rabbits in ladies handbags these days. The Dachshund is a working
dog and in our opinion should be treated as such not a TOY!
Hopefully another perhaps more flexible system will soon be
found to qualify a miniature as a miniature.
Further Information on Dachshund
Health can be found