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With all the current focus on the contribution made by Breed Clubs, our Secretary has written a short summary of the multitude of things SDA does. Our area covers quite an expanse; basically Kent in the East, to Dorset in the West – all Counties below the M4:

  • We run an annual Championship show at Slough (Berks.) which we are moving to March in 2017 (the week before Crufts) to encourage more entries (and a better time of year weather-wise).
  • We run an Open Show at Pirbright (Surrey) which is popular with showing and non-showing Members due to its ‘Garden Party’ atmosphere.
  • We co-run the Great Joint Dachshund Association championship show each year, which attracts among the biggest Dachshund entries of the year and makes annual donations to canine good causes.
  • Our Patrons are Lord & Lady (Julian & Emma) Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame, and every year in July we run a Fun-day at their home in Dorset. This is an extremely popular event with our non-showing Members. We usually have about 200 people turn up with their Dachshunds, many of whom are pet owners and newcomers to the breed. The day includes lure racing, egg & spoon race for all ages and other competitions.

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  • We also hold a Christmas lunch and match in December for our members and their friends.
  • We send members a 60-page Newsletter each year that has stories, articles and event dates, etc.
  • We have a brilliant Committee who never have to be told what to do on Show days …..they just get on with running it!
  • One of our Committee runs ‘Daxaid’; the organisation that provides help with temporarily looking after Dachshunds owned by people who have been hospitalised or are bedridden due to an accident or illness.
  • We organise Dachshunds for Discover Dogs at ExCel (previously Earls Court) and have done for years.
  • We also hold Seminars and Assessments; we are one of the most proactive Clubs in promoting the development of Dachshund judges.
  • We help with Dachshund Rescue and two of our Committee members are Trustees of Dachshund Rescue UK, which is a registered charity.
  • We make donations of at least £100 every year to canine charities and good causes.
  • We are financially viable and always have been.So, as you can see, we have a very active Club and provide our members with great value for just £7 per year.Our Mission is to promote the improvement and well-being of Dachshunds in the South of England.

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