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Miniature Dachshund Club adheres to new standard

AT THEIR annual Championship show on 8th February the Miniature Dachshund Club successfully attempted to re-emphasise the importance it places on the health and welfare of all dogs attending its shows in light of all the recent interest in the weighing of Miniature Dachshunds.

The club adopted the Kennel Club’s suggestion of providing water bowls in the rings and around the halls and, prior to judging, all the judges were briefed on the KC's latest guidance on the responsibilities of judges in relation to health and welfare and the new Breed Standards.

Exhibitors were also given a handout summarising the interpretation of the weight clause in the Breed Standard - which now allows judges to choose whether or not they weigh their subjects - and their responsibilities in relation to the Animal Welfare Act.

The officers and committee of the Miniature Dachshund Club would like to thank all exhibitors for the good entry and their attendance at the show and hopes their actions demonstrate a continuation of its programme of communication/education as members of the Dachshund Breed Council.

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Re the above article it should be noted that in compliance with KC Regulations, the decision to weigh miniature dachsunds will continue to be a matter for discussion and mutual agreement between the Society offering a judging appointment and the prospective judge.
I would like to point out to Carole Bell that countless breeders have shown, for over 60 years, that it is possible to breed fit and healthy miniatures that do not exceed 11lbs. She states that 'many nice dogs are penalised for the sake of a few ounces'. I would like to refer her to the KC Breed Standard which makes it clear that dogs which appear thin and undernourished should be severely penalised by judges. There is no incentive for exhibitors to show dogs in that condition. It simply would not be possible to win top honours in the show ring with unhealthy or unsound dachshunds. The Standard also states that if a dog goes over the desired maximum weight of 11lbs it is to be considerer a fault which should be taken into consideration along with all the dog's other virtues and faults. If Carole Bell has qualified her miniature long dachshund for Crufts I suggest she takes a long hard look at all the top winning miniatures on the day and she will find that they are owned by caring and loving exhibitors. This is not a perfect world - there is the rogue element everywhere in life, including dog showing and breeding but the vast majority love and treasure their animals and take very seriously the breeding of healthy miniatures of the correct weight and size.

Judy Squires

You will never resolve this situation, many dachshund breeders/exhibitors are like their breed - very stubborn.  They would rather starve their dogs or rehome them than change the way they are.  I have heard of people depriving their dogs of food and water for over 24 hours whilst feeding their other dogs, so they don't weigh too much, how can this be in the interest of the welfare of the dog?  Most people who show and judge would know if dogs did not look right, so weighing them doesn't prove anything.  Many nice dogs are penalised for the sake of a few ounces, how can anyone say that is right? Most are not true dog lovers, just in it for the money.

carole bell