Vets are urging prospective dog owners to be aware of the serious health and welfare issues that dogs bred to have a long and low body type can often suffer from.
A wire-haired dachshund’s top spot at the UK’s biggest dog show yesterday has prompted vets to raise concerns that many prospective owners may be inspired to get a dachshund without realising that this breed can suffer from serious health problems. We are urging anyone thinking about bringing home this increasingly popular breed to be aware of the spinal issues that dogs bred to have a long and low body type can suffer from, and to speak to their vet for tailored advice.
Their extreme body shape makes all six varieties of dachshunds– Standard Long-, Smooth-, and Wire-haired, and their miniature versions– at risk of serious spinal and neurological issues which usually require surgery to fix. These problems may not be immediately obvious, but often cause them life-long discomfort and may need costly treatment.
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