Crunchie’s puppies are 2 weeks old

A slight delay in getting these on the website due to my trip abroad, but here they are.  All growing on and doing well.  They’ve been wormed for the first time and have their eyes open.

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New KC ruling for Dachshund Judges to address health concerns

Following the Royal Veterinary College research in 2013 that showed the increased risk of back disease for Dachshunds with long backs and short legs, the Kennel Club has directed that from 1/4/14 all judges should be issued with a “Sausage Dog Ruler”.
20131225_142038This is an interim measure until breeders can breed Dachshunds with toplines showing 1 cm graduations. It is expected that the requirement for visible graduated toplines will be implemented from 1st April 2015.  A KC spokesperson said “We felt it appropriate to adopt a phased approach to implementing these new measures. The first phase, effective from April 1st 2014, will provide judges with a simple way to assess the proportions of Dachshunds so that only those conforming to the Breed Standard are considered for top honours.  Phase 2 will be mandatory from 1st April 2015 and will make it even easier for judges to assess the correct proportions.  In preparation for phase 2, we will be organising a series of eye testing clinics for judges.  These will involve brief clinical assessments of judges’ eyesight. Eventually, we hope the AHT will be able to develop a DNA test that will differentiate between the three judging genotypes: Clear: able to judge to the Breed Standard with clear knowledge and integrity; Carrier: able to judge with knowledge until presented with a dog handled by a ‘face’ or a friend; or Affected: only able to award prizes to ‘faces’ or friends“.

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Bubbles is 6 months old

Sunsong Polar Ice (Bubbles) is 6 months old on 26th March.  Mum is Boloria’s Kaleena at Sunsong and Dad is Ch. Sunsong Whisper A Promise.

Bubbles 6 months

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Video of Crunchie’s puppies at one week old

Here are Crunchie’s puppies feeding from their very contented Mum.

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Crunchie’s puppies are one week old

Here are a few pictures at 1 week old.  Mum and pups are doing well.  We’ve just about caught up on our sleep deprivation!

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