Hillhaven Dachshunds takes every care to breed healthy, well socialised dogs, however no one can control all aspects of nature. Just as with humans, conditions can arise in dogs that the best science can neither detect or predict. Here is a link to the internationally recognized listing of congenital and genetic defects known to occur in the various dog breeds, with the miniature dachshund among them (GUIDE TO CONGENITAL AND HERITABLE DISORDERS IN DOGS, Published by The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association). Note one condition occurring in dwarf dogs of any breed that is not heritable is Pes varus.

We DNA test for all known and testable diseases known to Dachshund breeds including –

  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
  • PRA CORD 1
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) IIIA (dachshund type)

We are participating in the IVDD back screening program in Australia.

Health Concerns with Dachshunds