What dogs are eligible?

In order to participate in the screening programme and qualify for the discounted screening fee and subsidised scoring, your Dachshund must meet the following criteria:


  1. Minimum age requirement (official radiographic age) - X-rays of the vertebral column are performed when the dog is between 2 and 4 years of age (24-48 months).
  2. The dog will be used in a breeding programme (i.e. either as a stud dog or a brood bitch)
  3. The dog is registered at the UK Kennel Club
  4. The owner is resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  5. The dog is microchipped

Why are you only allowing dogs that are intended to be bred from to participate?

This is a breeding screening programme and, from a veterinary perspective, it is difficult to justify the sedation and procedure if there is no intention of future breeding.


We are concerned that owners of dogs not being bred from might be expecting something other than a ‘breeding risk’ score. Our veterinary advisors' view is that it is not in these dogs' best interests as it will not change the veterinary management of that individual. Any advice given to them will not differ to any advice given prior to performing the radiographs.

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