Are show mini-Dachshunds being forced to diet?

Britain’s Daily Telegraph has a report on the fight over “size zero” Dachshunds:

The Kennel Club has banned weigh-ins for the breed at Crufts in response to fears that owners were denying food and water to dogs in the hours before they were due on the scales. It has also relaxed the regulations for other shows, leaving it to individual judges to choose whether to hold a weigh-in or not.

It recommends that bowls of water be provided to prevent the dogs from dehydrating but critics say this has done nothing to stop the problem.

“This is Size Zero for dogs,” said Jemima Harrison, producer of a BBC documentary which in 2008 exposed breeding techniques which led to genetic illnesses that affect pedigree dogs.

“I am inundated with owners and judges who say they are seeing dehydrated or malnourished dogs on the scales, all for the sake of a rosette. It sounds funny to think of dogs having the same issues as fashion models but it is a serious welfare issue.

“For these owners it is all about winning and nothing else.”

Andrew Brace, a show judge writing in Dog World magazine, said three quarters of the of the Miniature Dacshunds at a recent championship in Bridgend, Wales, were “far too thin for their frames”.

He wrote: “I am well aware of the strength of feeling of the Miniature people about the need to maintain the scales, but I believe that this is not helping the breed one bit.”

The row in the highly political pedigree breeding community threatens to reopen the debate over cruelty to dogs at Crufts.

According to Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today, it continues to be common practice to way miniature Dachshunds at shows other than Crufts.
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More on bad dog show and kennel club practices from the Terrierman, who is like a terrier on this subject, as well he should be.

3 thoughts on “Are show mini-Dachshunds being forced to diet?

  1. Anonymous

    My mini-doxie is solid muscle and, at 18 months, is 9.8 lbs of solid energy. Just got an A+ vet check. A healthy smooth haired mini-doxie looks very muscular. They can easily be under 10 lbs. Many mini-doxies are over fed and this leads to very serious spinal, joint & other problems. If you cannot see the muscles on a mini-doxie, it is too fat! Buy only from a respected breeder & check with vet on fitness.

  2. Anonymous

    I accept there are many miniature dachshunds which are well under eleven pounds.However,there are many larger framed miniatures being shown now and which are denied food or water leading up to a show in order to meet the eleven pounds desired limit. The dachshund breed council state miniatures can win prizes if they are over eleven pounds.Therefore,there is no need for scales which is now proven in my opinion!As for the Kennel Clubs position that an individual judge can state he or she does not want to weigh miniature dachshunds it is not that simple.If a judge takes this position and a club says weighing is essential no agreement has been reached and the offer to judge miniature dachshunds is withdrawn!In the 2009 Miniature Dachshund Club and Southern Dachshund Association dog show schedules which are on-line they state miniatures will be weighed at all of their shows.Therefore,an individual judge who wished to weigh miniatures has no say whatsoever!

  3. Anonymous

    In my previous posting the last sentence should read as follows.Therefore,an individual judge who does not wish to weigh miniatures has no say whatsoever !

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