FCI Dachshund Breed Standard – updated 2017 – what’s changed?

FCI 2017

The Spring edition of the WUT Magazine presented an updated version of the FCI Breed Standard for the Dachshund. I have summarised the changes in the document attached, where I have also aligned the FCI Standard with our UK one. You can read across from each UK clause to see what the previous and new FCI Standards say.

At the moment, the revised FCI Standard has not been published on the FCI website so I believe it will not officially come into use until that happens.

The main changes appear to be some tidying-up of the translation into English as well as some specific refinements:

  • General appearance now includes His build allows agile, quick work above and below ground
  • Head and Skull adds Occipital peak not pronounced
  • Nose adds Nostrils well opened which I feel is a good thing given some of the exaggerations that have crept into Brachycephalic breeds (although I would hope we’ll never face that sort of issue!)
  • Addition of Jowls: No pronounced jowls
  • Eyes adds Eye lids well pigmented
  • Ears adds Sufficiently long to the edge of the lips which clarifies how long these should be
  • Forequarters adds Tight-fitting skin and states that the feet should be positioned at the lowest point of the chest
  • Angles are defined for the shoulder blade and, perhaps rather oddly, the elbows, but I suspect the latter actually means the angle between the upper arm and the foreleg (130 degrees)
  • Loins are now described as Strong, broad and well-muscled, losing the previously ambiguous “sufficiently long” (whereas in the UK we ask for “short and strong”)
  • The croup adds not straight or sloping too much
  • Body adds Chest smoothly transitioning to the belly in a continuous line which emphasises that it should not be cut-up
  • Hindquarters clarifies the required angulation:
    • Upper thigh: Should be of good length and strongly muscled. (hip joint angulation ca. 110 degrees)
    • Stifle (joint): Broad and strong with pronounced angulation. (90 degrees)
    • Lower thigh: Short, almost at right angle to upper thigh.  Well muscled
    • Hock joint: Clean with strong tendons. Angulation of 110 degrees
  • Tail carriage is clarified: The tail is carried in a harmonious continuation of the topline, slightly falling off, not carried above topline
  • Movement adds Ground covering movement
  • The description of the Wire coat now includes Soft coat on the head (top-knot) and soft furnishings on the feet is highly undesirable
  • All the descriptions of colour and pattern have been updated and provide more explicit explanations of what is acceptable and not acceptable 
  • The size clauses have been changed and the previously quoted weights have been removed so that chest circumference is now the only criterion for assessing size. Dogs are now specifically allowed to be bigger than bitches

I would like to have seen some amendment to or, at least, clarification of the topline clauses to address the faults that are becoming evident. I have written previously about the trend towards ski-slope toplines that drop at an angle from the withers to the croup. The FCI clause says of the back: Behind the high withers, topline running from the thoracic vertebrae straight or slightly inclined to the rear.  

There are some clear differences between the UK and FCI Breed Standards but, in the UK, we would do well to remember the FCI Standard comes from the breed’s country of origin. The translation into English has been improved in the new version which makes it easier to read.

Download the Breed Standard Comparison: FCI Breed Standard revision 2017

You can also find a commentary on the (old) FCI Breed Standard here (pdf).

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