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Leading Breed Club or Council:

Dachshund Breed Council

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Dedicated Health Website:








Comprehensive approach

The comprehensive approach to health taken by the dachshund breed community, led by the Dachshund Breed Council is such that they have topped The Karlton Index in both 2011 and 2013.

In 2013 they were awarded full marks for Leadership, having a detailed health plan and strategy in place with outline priorities, which currently are:

  • Back disease
  • Laforas
  • Cord1- PRA.

This breed community is well versed in collecting health data, analysing it and using it to inform their decisions. They communicate this invaluable work through both traditional and social media and have secured good levels of participation in the health agenda across all six varieties of Dachshund.

Their attitude towards the health of the breed is enviable, in that they never cease asking what else should we be doing? What more can we be doing?

It will be very interesting to see how they have progressed since we last reviewed them in 2013.

The Karlton Index ReportView the latest (2013), full Karlton Index Report

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