Dachshund Breed Council updates its Code of Ethics

The Breed Council has received confirmation from the Kennel Club that proposals for changes to the member clubs’ Code of Ethics have been approved. The new Code of Ethics was approved at the Council’s 2015 AGM.

The changes were drafted by the Breed Council’s Health Committee and aim to:

  • bring the Code up-to-date to reflect current advice on health testing
  • align the advice on breeding practices more closely with the KC’s Assured Breeder Scheme principles

All the points in our Code of Ethics should be self-explanatory and are aimed at ensuring Breed Club members demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour when breeding, judging and exhibiting and that the welfare of their dogs is of prime importance.

Clearly, a Code of Ethics is a guide and cannot be prescriptive in defining “serious hereditary faults” or the specific screening tests which should be carried out.

The Breed Council reviews and prioritises health and welfare issues which it considers to be of significance to the breed. Details of current priorities can be found on our health website and in our Health Reports and Information Leaflets.

The owners of Stud Dogs with any known hereditary condition have a particular responsibility not to allow a dog to be used at stud if it is likely that its offspring will also suffer from that condition. Conditions such as Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Cushings, Entropion and IVDD where there are no current screening programmes clearly fall into this category.  Similarly, bitches affected with any of these conditions should not be bred from if it is likely that their puppies will also be affected.

Where screening tests are available and recommended by the Breed Council, Breed Club members are expected to make use of them and act on the results in accordance with the latest advice from our Health and Welfare Sub-committee.

Cord1 testing is an Assured Breeder Scheme Requirement for all MLHDs, MSHDs and MWHDs. Lafora Testing is an Assured Breeder Scheme Requirement for all MWHDs.

Additional guidance on the Code of Ethics can be found here.

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