Revised FCI Breed Standard for Dachshunds published 7/11/19

The FCI has issued a revised version of their Dachshund Breed Standard. Draft versions of this document have been circulated and were under discussion for some time so it’s good to see it published officially.

Compared with previous versions, the translation into English has been improved, although there are still a few quirks that may have been lost in translation.

Some interesting points I picked up:

  • “His build allows agile, quick work above and below ground”
  • Temperament: “Friendly by nature”
  • Teeth: “Ideally, complete set of 42 teeth” – lack of two premolar 1 is not to be penalised, absence of one PM2 is a fault as are non-scissor bites
  • Back: “topline running from the thoracic vertebrae straight or slightly inclined to the rear” – this should make it clear that ski-slope toplines running downhill from the withers are incorrect; one of my current pet-hates
  • Tail: “Not carried above the topline”
  • Gait/Movement: “far-reaching front strides without much lift” – this can only be achieved with correct shoulder placement and length of upper arm
  • Gait/Movement: “Front and hindlegs have parallel movement” – if a judge doesn’t understand what “parallel” means, they shouldn’t be judging
  • Colours – Smooths: the only colours described are: Red, Black/Tan, Chocolate/Tan, Dapple (Merle) and Red Brindle (Tiger-striped)
  • Colours – Wires: the only colours described are: Red, Wild Boar, Chocolate Wild Boar, Black/Tan, Chocolate/Tan, Dapple (Merle) and Red Brindle
  • Colours – Longs: the only colours described are: Red, Red with black overcoat (shaded red), Black/Tan, Chocolate/Tan, Dapple (Merle) and Red Brindle
  • Colours or patterns other than those listed are disqualifying faults
  • 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

The current UK Breed Standard is here.

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