When both my mini long haired dachshunds, Henry and June, were diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) my research began. I learned that IVDD is a debilitating and costly disease that affects dachshunds (and other breeds as well, such as (but not limited to ) the following: Corgi, Papillion, Basset Hound, Miniature Pinscher, Bassett Hound, Miniature Poodle, American Cocker Spaniel, Lhasa apso, Scottish Terrier. It is estimated that 1 in 5 dogs will suffer from IVDD. The increased risk in specific breeds demonstrates a very strong genetic component, which is worsened when irresponsible breeders do little in correcting this defect. The chance of a healthier dachshund is better when purchased from a responsible breeder.
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