Dachshund Articles

General Health, Sporting, Training & Genetic Diseases

Heath

Heartworm disease is caused by a mosquito and flea bites that transmits the parasitic worms to dogs. It is a serious and possibly deadly disease. There are no symptoms of heart worm infection in the early stages and is therefore hard to diagnose. Symptoms appear as the number of heart worms gradually increases over a period of months or years. 

Heartworm has always been thought to affect dogs residing in tropical areas, however more cases show that more numbers of dogs being infected by heartworm in the southern area are increasing? 

Dachshund Sport

The purpose of non-competitive Earthdog tests is to offer breeders and owners of small Terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs' natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The noncompetitive program begins with a basic introduction to den work and quarry and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks including seeking its quarry, locating and working it underground.

We test all our miniature dachshunds for PRA cord 1, prior to breeding. This condition is inherited from both Mother and Father being a recessive gene. It is important that at least ONE parent be tested with a CLEAR result.

Heather Coles, Registered Breeder AASHUDNA

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, more commonly known as PRA, is a general term for a group of diseases causing degeneration of the retina, leading to a loss of vision. One form of this disorder is known as cord1-PRA, which stands for cone-rod dystrophy-PRA. Cord1-PRA is a genetic disorder associated with a recessive mutation in the RPGRIP1 gene, which codes for an important photoreceptor protein in the eye. Like many forms of PRA, cord1-PRA is breed specific, and is known to occur in Miniature Dachshunds, Poodles and English Springer Spaniels.

Genetic Health Issues

Lysosomal storage diseases of the central nervous system represent a group of disorders which have in common the accumulation of metabolic by-products in neurons. Storage diseases can primarily affect the cerebellum, but they usually affect multiple areas of the brain and spinal cord. Animals with lysosomal storage diseases affecting the cerebellum typically are young, due to the fact that these diseases are congenital. There are several documented lysosomal storage diseases. Neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis (NCL) has been most commonly reported in dogs. A similar condition affects cats. The disease results from intraneuronal accumulations of ceroid-lipofuscin granules. It has been related to primary cerebellar disease in the dog and can result in cerebellar atrophy.

Genetic Health Issues

Canine degenerative myelopathy, also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy, is an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord that is similar in many ways to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Onset is typically after the age of 7 years and it is seen most frequently in the German shepherd dog, Pembroke Welsh corgi, and boxer dog, though the disorder is strongly associated with a gene mutation in SOD1 that has been found in 43 breeds as of 2008, including the wire fox terrier, Chesapeake Bay retriever, Rhodesian ridgeback, and Cardigan Welsh corgi.

Training

My neighbour has complained about my barking dog. What should I do?

Councils often receive complaints regarding persistently barking dogs. Each Council has an established procedure for investigating barking dog complaints. Although this procedure is likely to vary between Councils, it is common practice for Councils in urban areas to require complaints from more than one resident before taking action.

Ownership

I want to bring a pet into my strata title property.

What should I do and what are my responsibilities?

The by-laws of each strata scheme usually contain provisions regarding the keeping of animals and can be obtained from the property strata manager.
In most cases, prior written approval of the owners corporation will be required before keeping any animal (other than fish in a secure aquarium) will be permitted. Prior written approval from the owners corporation is advisable even when by-laws are silent on the subject. A letter providing accurate descriptions of the animal, including its breed, size, age, appearance and temperament, should be provided together with details of any obedience training the pet has undergone, as well
as confirmation that the pet is registered, micro-chipped, de-sexed, vaccinated, and flea and worm treated. It is advisable that strata records are searched to determine whether there are any other lot owners or occupiers (past or present) who have kept pets in the property.

Ownership

My dog has injured or killed another person or animal.

What are my rights and responsibilities?

When a dog has attacked and injured a person or animal, an owner may be liable to pay damages for veterinary bills, medical bills and possibly the replacement of the victim animal. An owner can also be open to criminal prosecution under the Companion Animals Act and can be disqualified from owning a dog for up to 5 years if found guilty. A person in control of a dog who causes the dog to inflict grievous or actual bodily harm on another person can also be open to prosecution under the Crimes Act. 

Obese dachshund Obie, once 35kg, loses impressive 23kg after year of diet, treadmill and cosmetic surgery 

A MORBIDLY obese dachshund who once tipped the scales at 35 kilograms has lost 23 kilograms after a year of dieting and exercise

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Dachshunds tend to be a very sociable and outgoing breed, and if properly raised and socialized, will generally get along well with other dogs and even cats. It is important to remember that dachshunds are a hunting breed and that if you intend to have cats, rabbits, rodents, pocket pets, etc., you should be sure that the dog is trained from an early age to get along with these types of pets.

Health

Q: What are the consequences of over-exercising a puppy?  

He seems to have boundless energy, and generally is the last to give up, after myself and the Labrador.  We’d hate to over-exercise him and cause problems for later in life, but at the same time we don’t want to deprive him of the fun he can have on a walk.  Can you advise us please?

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