Sunsong Wirehaired Dachshunds – Crufts 2015 Team Photo

Two weeks to go and Cadbury, Raisin and Foxy are ready for Crufts!

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Show Information:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham

Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule:

Thursday 5 March – Gundog

Friday 6 March – Working and Pastoral

Saturday 7 March – Terrier and Hound (Come and see more than 600 Dachshunds!)

Sunday 8 March – Toy and Utility

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UK Dachshund owners: only 6 days left to win tickets for Crufts 2015

About_this_surveyCourtesy of the Kennel Club I have two pairs of day passes for Crufts 2015 to give away.  To win these tickets, you need to be a UK Dachshund owner and complete the Breed Council’s DachsLife 2015 breed lifestyle survey.  More than 1500 surveys have already been completed.  Two lucky owners will be randomly selected from the survey’s UK respondents at 6 p.m. on Saturday 21st February 2015.  You’ll need to leave your e-mail address at the end of the survey so I can contact you and get a postal address to send the tickets to.

Show Information:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham

Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule:

Thursday 5 March – Gundog

Friday 6 March – Working and Pastoral

Saturday 7 March – Terrier and Hound (Come and see more than 600 Dachshunds!)

Sunday 8 March – Toy and Utility

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Getting our team of Wire Dachshunds ready for Crufts 2015

2651_Web_470x250With only three weeks to go before Crufts, it’s important to know that Foxy’s, Raisin’s and Cadbury’s coats will be “spot-on” for the big day on 7th March.

Wire Dachshunds have a “double-coat”. There is a longer, harsh top coat with a dense, woolly undercoat beneath. Depending on the texture of the coat, two or three times a year the long, dead top coat needs to be hand-stripped to allow the new top coat to grow in. Wires have the advantage of not moulting like other dogs, but it does mean they can end up looking quite “shaggy” if you’re not careful and it’s a bit of an art keeping the coats looking good for each show.

If you are lucky enough to have a Wire with a short, harsh “pin wire” coat, it will probably not need stripping at all; you’ll just need to tidy it up with regular grooming. None of our current dogs are Pin Wires, so their coats need regular attention.

Wire_coat_care_1This is how Sue hand-strips our Wires. Starting at the neck, raise a fold of skin with one hand – you will see the long hairs of the top coat standing away from the woolly undercoat. Taking a few of the long top coat hairs between the finger and thumb of your other hand, pluck them out, or use a stripping knife. If the coat is ready to come out, the top coat will come away easily.

 

Continue down one side of the dog, then the other and down the back, until the dog is in his undercoat all over. This could take several sessions over a few days to achieve.

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Finally, tidy the beard, tail and legs with the stripping knife.  Wire_coat_care_3

 

 

 

 

Our dogs get groomed once a week, so Sue always keeps on top of the Wire coats and the run-up to Crufts is really no different; just a matter of ensuring they stay tidy.

Here’s the finished job; Crunchie (who’s not going to Crufts this year) on the left, Cadbury on the right.

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Raisin is practising for her day at Crufts 2015

Sunsong Pine Nut (“Raisin”) is now 11 months old and qualified for Crufts at her one and only show in 2014.  Crufts 2015, in 4 weeks time, will be her next major outing, so Sue has been getting her groomed and practising her ringcraft.  Here are a few pictures from today.

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Courtesy of the Kennel Club I have two pairs of day passes for Crufts 2015.  To win these tickets, you need to be a UK Dachshund owner and complete the Breed Council’s DachsLife 2015 breed lifestyle survey.  Two lucky owners will be randomly selected from the survey’s UK respondents at 6 p.m. on Saturday 21st February 2015.  You’ll need to leave your e-mail address at the end of the survey so I can contact you and get a postal address to send the ticketys to.

Show Information:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham

Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule:

Thursday 5 March – Gundog

Friday 6 March – Working and Pastoral

Saturday 7 March – Terrier and Hound (Come and see more than 600 Dachshunds!)

Sunday 8 March – Toy and Utility

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Discover Dachshunds at Crufts 2015

2651_Web_470x250The Dachshund booths at Discover Dogs at Crufts 2015 will be staffed by volunteers organised by the Midland Dachshund Club. This is a great opportunity to meet the breed if you’re thinking of buying a Dachshund.  The handlers will all be experienced owners and breeders who will be happy to answer all your questions. For more information on buying and owning a Dachshund, please vist the Breed Council’s website and download their free (pdf) Guide.

Located in Hall 3, Discover Dogs will host over 200 breeds of pedigree dog for you to meet. Talk to their knowledgeable owners and breeders. Gain first hand advice on grooming, training and whether the breed is right for you. You can be sure it will lead you to your perfect companion!

Here are some photos from previous years, to get you in the mood for a cuddle with a Dachshund this year…

Show Information:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham

Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule:

Thursday 5 March – Gundog

Friday 6 March – Working and Pastoral

Saturday 7 March – Terrier and Hound (see all the Dachshunds being shown)

Sunday 8 March – Toy and Utility

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