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How we help Dachshunds and their owners

We are the only UK charity focused on improving the health of Dachshunds.


We commission and fund research to identify the causes of health issues in the breed and to develop preventative screening programmes and DNA tests for breeders. We help breeders and owners to understand the breed's health priorities

We collect data on health conditions affecting the breed and use this to provide advice to buyers and owners so they can make the best decisions for their dog's lifestyle. We run webinars and create educational resources for breeders and owners.

Your donations directly support research and education programmes that improve the health of the breed. 

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Find out about Dachshunds

Information for buyers, owners, breeders, vets and judges

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Health Priorities

Back Disease (IVDD), Lafora and Eye Disease

Caring for your Dachshund

Keys to a healthy lifestyle

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Breeding from your Dachshund

What's involved?

Health testing

Required &  recommended tests

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More about health

A-Z, genetics, surveys, research, events, reports

Health Fund

Support our research and education projects

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Tell us about illnesses or cause of death

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The information on this website is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the UK Dachshund community. We endeavour to ensure the content is based on the most up-to-date scientific and veterinary information. We include links to relevant peer-reviewed papers. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice for your dog and you should contact your veterinary surgeon for specific advice on your own dog(s).  


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