The Kennel Club ends weighing of Miniature Dachshunds at shows

The Kennel Club today announced a change to its policies regarding the weighing of Miniature Dachshunds at Kennel Club-licensed events. Effective 1 July 2024, the weighing of Miniature Dachshunds will no longer be permitted at any shows.

The decision comes as part of The Kennel Club's commitment to dog health and welfare, prompted by concerns regarding perceptions of the weighing process and its potential impact on the health and well-being of the breed.

Since 2007, regulations had been in place allowing societies and judges to weigh Miniature Dachshunds as long as the intention was announced in the show schedule.

The Kennel Club chose at that time to stop weighing Dachshunds at its own show, Crufts, but allowed other shows to continue the practice. However, ongoing public scrutiny of dog showing and concerns over the health and welfare implications of weighing the breed have led to the decision to remove the practice entirely.

To reflect this decision, amendments have been made to several regulations to mandate that no shows will weigh Miniature Dachshunds from 1 July 2024 onwards. For schedules already published for shows after this date, clubs will be required to notify exhibitors that weighing will no longer take place.

This move by The Kennel Club aligns with its broader health and welfare standards and represents an effort to protect the health and welfare of Miniature Dachshunds at shows.