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Dachshunds are threatened with a breeding ban in Germany – here you can find out why

Dachshunds could be banned from breeding in Germany after a draft law bans the spread of various dog traits, the country’s dog breeding association has warned.

The latest draft of the Animal Welfare Act aims to crack down on torture breeding – the reproduction of dogs with characteristics that cause “pain, suffering or harm”.

The proposal lists a number of “symptoms” that should not be reproduced, including hairlessness, reduced life expectancy, skeletal system abnormalities and dental malformations.

The German Dog Association (VDH) warns that this could have an impact on the Dachshund – and a number of other breeds – as its short legs are classified as an “anomaly”.

She has started a petition calling for the law to be adjusted to avoid “false or exaggerated interpretations” and to save sausage dogs.

Three miniature smooth-haired dachshunds take part in the second day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
Image: Reuters

The VDH says the proposed law could cause confusion among law enforcement, veterinarians, breeders and dog owners because it appears to suggest that any breed that visually “deviates from the original wolf type” should not be allowed for breeding.

And it’s not just the dachshund that could be in danger. The VDH said that if the draft becomes law, English and French bulldogs, pugs, boxers, toy poodles and cocker spaniels could be banned from breeding.

Larger dogs, including German Shepherds, may also be at risk due to their shorter life expectancy compared to smaller dogs.

The association argues that a list of banned characteristics must be drawn up after discussion with experts and “based on scientific facts”.

“Many of the proposed changes, such as the regulation of the online trade in animals or measures against the illegal puppy trade, make sense,” says a statement from the VDH.

“However, [it] contains guidelines that could mean the end of many healthy dog ​​breeds in Germany.

“The health and quality of life of the animals must be the priority. Then torture breeding can be effectively combated.”

The club’s petition has received more than 14,000 signatures since it was launched on March 21.

The German agriculture ministry has denied that the reform would amount to a ban on certain breeds such as dachshunds.

A spokesman told Sky News that the reform was specifically about strengthening existing laws on torture breeding.

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Four dachshunds wait in a box for their competition at the dog show in Dortmund on Friday, October 13, 2017. Thousands of dogs will be judged by international juries at Germany's largest exhibition in the Dortmund exhibition halls until Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The VDH petition has more than 14,000 signatures. Image: AP

Literally translated as Dachshund, the Dachshund was originally bred in Germany for hunting, which is why its shorter legs are useful for digging, according to the British Kennel Club.

There are six different types of Dachshunds, each with three different coat types: smooth-haired, long-haired and wire-haired.

Because of their build, Dachshunds can be prone to developing discus throwing. However, if the breed is kept healthy, it will typically live longer than 12 years.

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