Dachshunds generally suffer from few health problems and are long-lived, provided they are kept well-exercised, fit and fed on a healthy, balanced diet. The median (average) age of death reported in the KC Health Survey 2004 was 12 years and 8 months. Dachshunds are, however, a "dwarf breed" and consequently are more prone to back disease than other breeds. Download our Information for potential Dachshund owners and our Code of Ethics and Ethics Guidance which includes our guidelines on responsible breeding. Visit our News page for all the latest announcements and sign-up for our e-Newsletter below.
Breed Club Secretaries will be able to provide up-to-date advice on any current or emerging health concerns in any of the six Dachshund varieties. Read our Annual Health Report to find out about our plans and progress. Contact any of our Health and Welfare Sub-committee for more help. Advice on buying a Dachshund is here and owning a Dachshund is here.
Our current priorities are: Back Disease (IVDD), Lafora Disease, cord1 PRA. You can find the Open Health Registry of Mini Wire Lafora Results here. You can find cord1 PRA results of Mini Smooth Dachshunds here, Mini Longhaired Dachshunds here and Mini Wirehaired Dachshunds here. Lists of cord1 PRA Hereditary Clear Miniatures are here.
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Information on diseases presented on this site does not necessarily mean that a condition is widespread in the breed; the data are simply "reported cases" and may be different to prevalence in the breed as a whole. Refer to our Dachs-Life 2012 Health Survey for prevalence data. Always consult a Vet if you have any health concerns about a puppy you intend to purchase, or health problems with an older dog.
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