Health & Welfare

For the latest UK Dachshund Health information, visit the Breed Council’s Health website (left).

Health Issues:

Dachshunds generally suffer from few health problems, provided they are kept well-exercised, fit and fed on a healthy, balanced diet. The median (average) age of death reported in the KC Health Survey 2004 was 12 years and 8 months. Download the Breed Council‘s latest Health Report here.

There is a greater risk of slipped disc problems than in a “normal” shaped dog (the condition is formally known as Inter-vertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD). However, such problems are best avoided by keeping the dog fit and not allowing it to become overweight or to run up and down stairs, which clearly will put extra stress on the back.

Mini-Longs, Mini Wires and Mini-Smooths should be DNA tested for cord1 retinal degeneration (a form of gPRA – Generalised Progressive Retinal Atrophy) which is an inherited condition causing degenerative disease of the retina and leading to blindness.

Approx. 5-10% of Mini-Wires are prone to a form of epilepsy known as Lafora’s Disease.

Always consult a Vet if you have any concerns about a puppy you intend to purchase, or health problems with an older dog.

Breed Club Secretaries will also be able to provide up-to-date advice on any current or emerging health concerns in any of the Dachshund breeds.

Use the “Find stuff quickly!” pull-down menu in the right-hand sidebar to go to posts on specific health and welfare topics.

You can download up-to-date information sheets on health and welfare issues at the Dachshund Breed Council‘s Health Reporting website.

The Kennel Club provides an online Health Test Result Finder service.

Report a health condition diagnosed in your Dachshund, or a cause of death, at the Breed Council’s Health Reporting website. View latest data.

The Breed Council has produced an information leaflet for Veterinary Surgeons, summarising some of the more common conditions and the latest Research Papers. Download a copy to print off and give to your vet: here.

Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding


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