Dachshund Health UK

Please support our research, education and health improvement projects

Dachshund Health UK is a registered charity (Charity Number 1177400) which has been established to help support our research and health improvement activities, including education of owners and buyers. 


Over the past few years it has become increasingly obvious that, as a breed, we need to have access to funds to support and enable our health improvement plans. In 2010, the Wirehaired Dachshund Club generously subsidised the Lafora Screening programme so that MWHD breeders could take advantage of the available test. In 2011 we approached all the Breed Clubs, the Wirehaired Dachshund Trust and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for donations to support the roll-out of a UK Lafora Screening Programme. Collectively, they committed over £35,000 to this programme and we are extremely grateful for their generosity. 


The Breed Council agreed to set up its own Health Fund at its October 2011 Council meeting and made an initial donation of £500 from its reserves. 


Thanks to the continuing support of individual owners and our Breed Clubs, numerous fundraising activities have continued to build the fund. At the end of 2018, the fund had a balance of £26,000. During 2018, we made just over £4000 of grants to support the improvement of Dachshund health.


Funds have been used to support:

  • Health Seminars

  • Lafora Screening

  • IVDD Screening

  • Educational materials for Discover Dogs and Pet Shows

  • Distichiasis research in MLHDs

  • BVA/KC Eye Screening

  • The AHT's Give a Dog a Genome project



If you would like to raise funds for us or send a donation, cheques should be made payable to:


"Dachshund Health UK"


Please send all donations to the Treasurer: Mrs Katherine Herrington, 5 Linden Close, Huntington, York YO32 9RQ.


If you wish to have your donation directed towards a particular area of our work, please let us know that as well.

You can also donate via PayPal.


Thank you for supporting Dachshund Health UK.

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Please download this Gift Aid Form to boost your donation by 25p for every £1 donated. 

You can view our Charity Commission registration information, accounts summary and download our Annual Report here.


  • Sharon Alton

  • Katherine Herrington

  • Gill Key

  • Anne Moore

  • Daniel Roberts

  • Roger Sainsbury (Chairman)

  • Ian Seath (Secretary)