Dachshunds should no longer be bred with exaggerated traits to “look cute,” according to new guidelines.
The Kennel Club has confirmed that it will change its advice to ensure that Dachshunds must be in proportion to adequate “ground clearance”.
The breed, also known as the sausage dog, has seen a “huge surge” in popularity with advertisers and celebrities in recent years, the organization said.
A spokeswoman said: “Dogs with exaggerated physical characteristics are a top priority for the Kennel Club and all breed standards that provide breeders and judges with a detailed guide to what a dog breed should look like are regularly reviewed.
“These reviews are based on ongoing breed-specific health information and expressly state that physical exaggeration should be avoided.
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“Dachshunds have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, largely due to their being the breed of choice for advertisers, on social media, and with celebrities.
“This has led to the fact that certain exaggerated specimens of the breed that can be perceived as ‘cute’ have gradually come to be seen as normal and desirable, although that could actually mean they are more prone to back pain and disc disease.
“These small but important changes have been made to the Dachshund breed standard to ensure that they cannot be misinterpreted and that all dogs within the Kennel Club’s sphere of influence are bred with their health and wellbeing an absolute priority.”
It suggests that the breed should be “moderately long in relation to body size” with “sufficient ground clearance, not less than a quarter of the height at the withers”. [shoulders] To enable freedom of movement “, Sunday times has called.
The Kennel Club spokeswoman added, “Although some varieties of Dachshund have become increasingly popular, our advice on buying a puppy is the same.
“Potential owners should do their research and find a good breeder who puts health and welfare high on their agenda, is aware of all health concerns, and uses appropriate tools and health programs to breed the healthiest puppies.”
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