Opal’s puppies are 7 weeks old – latest photos

The pups have been enjoying the garden now that the snow has gone. They had a trip to the vet for a check-over and their microchips, yesterday. There was lots of cuddling from vets, vet nurses and other pet owners which they all took in their stride. Not sure they were quite so impressed with the ride in the car. Here are the latest photos. Hard to believe they start going to their new homes next weekend. We are keeping a girl, Figgy. The others are Lola, Merlin and Magnus.

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Difficulties in judging Dachshunds – an FCI perspective

There is an excellent article in the 2017 WUT magazine by Dr Cesare Calcinati. He describes the difficulties of judging Dachshunds and provides some great photographs of judging procedure for the breed. Ignore the fact that he is discussing the FCI Breed Standard and that some of the photos are of dogs that might be considered too continental for UK tastes. Many of the dogs illustrated would do well under UK judges and the illustrations of correct movement are particularly important to study.

He says that FCI Group 4 (Dachshunds) is the easiest to get approved for but the most difficult to judge. “In all the countries, we have a lot of judges for Dachshunds, but how many of them can evaluate the breed correctly? 10%, hardly more.” That statement may well hold true in the UK as well. Once a judge has been approved to award CCs in one variety, they are approved to award them in all 6 varieties. That applies to breed specialists and all-rounders.

WUT Illustrated Commentary on the FCI Dachshund Breed Standard

The WUT has produced an excellent commentary on the FCI Breed Standard with illustrations of correct and faulty construction and movement. You can find it here (PDF).  The majority of this is relevant to the UK Standard and is a helpful explanation for UK judges as well as FCI ones.

Note, however, that the labels for overshot and undershot mouths have been transposed. Overshot is where the top jaw is longer than the lower jaw. Undershot is when the lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Opal’s puppies are 6 weeks old

Highlight of the week was playing in the snow!

Here are the latest photos.

I’ve also printed their pedigrees this week, ready for them to go in the puppy packs for the new owners. Their KC registered names are:

Sunsong Yuletide Melody (bitch), Sunsong Yuletide Star (dog), Sunsong Yuletide Dream (dog) and Sunsong Yuletide Magic (bitch).

Read the Dachshund Breed Council’s 2018 Health Report

Download the Dachshund Breed Council’s 2018 Health Report here or click the image below.

health report 2018 collage

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