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Friday, September 4, 2009

NATC Fall Zuchtschau - October 3-4, 2009

On October 3, 2009 North American Teckel Club will hold Zuchtschau and related events. For more information contact Carrie Hamilton.

The Zuchtschau is a conformation show where each dog is evaluated according to the FCI dachshund breed standard #148. Each dog will receive a written evaluation from a German judge. This show will be judged by Herr Wilfried Petersen – DTK Federal Chairman for Conformation Judges.

The show is located at D-Bar-W Equestrian Center, 536 Orchard Rd. Reinholds, PA. Show will be held indoors. Spectators are welcome. Bring chairs. For entered dogs, full attendance is required on the day of judging. The dog’s papers, evaluations and certificates will not be released early.

The premium list and any event updates will be posted on the NATC website

When entered in the Zuchtschau, dachshunds, which are at least 9 months old, will get a written evaluation and an official rating. Puppies between 6-9 months are not given an official rating, only “little promise”, “promising”, and “very promising”.

If the rating is ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, the dog is eligible for DTK breeding between 15 months and 8 years (bitch) or a recommended 10 years (dog), according to the DTK rules and regulations. If the rating is less (‘good’, ‘sufficient’, ‘not sufficient’), the dog cannot be used for breeding within the DTK.

Entry fees
Advance entries: First adult dog $20.00, puppies $16.00, each additional dog/same owner $16.00
Gate entries (day of event): $26.00
All NATC club members receive a $3.00 discount off of their first Zuchtschau entry at this show.
Please make checks payable to North American Teckel Club.

Closing date: All entry forms with the appropriate fees including reservations for Saturday Dinner must be mailed and postmarked by SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 to: Carrie Hamilton, 9621 Bachelor Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.


Sat., Oct. 3 9 AM –10 AM Registration for the Zuchtschau
10 AM - Noon Zuchtschau
Noon - 1 PM Lunch
1 - 5 PM Zuchtschau
6 - 10 PM Club dinner at Weaver’s Market followed by Membership Meeting

Sun., Oct. 4 10 AM - Noon Companion Dog Test
Noon - 1 PM Lunch
1 - 3 PM Gunsteadiness and Water testing
3 - 5 PM Question & Answer session with Herr Petersen
6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner at a local restaurant

All tests will be offered first to NATC members and pending members and then to other dachshund owners.

On Sunday, DTK/NATC Schussfestigkeit (gun steadiness), Wasser (water/bird retrieval) and Begleithunde (companion dog) tests will be offered. There are no entry restrictions for these tests. Advance entry is $5.00 for gun steadiness, $10.00 for the water test and $25.00/$10.00 for the companion dog test The first companion dog price is for the BHP-G (all three tests); the second price is for each separate BHP test (see description of test exercises later in the premium list). Gate Entries are $10.00, $20.00 and $50.00/$20.00, respectively. Advance entry forms with the appropriate fees (check payable to the NATC) must be postmarked by SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 and mailed to: Carrie Hamilton, 9621 Bachelor Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.

You need to pre-register for Saturday Dinner by sending your check (along with entry info) to Carrie Hamilton.

Recommendations for showing:

Breed standard: To select the dogs you want to enter, please read carefully the FCI breed standard (#148) at the website (
Dress code: There is no written rule on dress code, but it is very casual. Shorts and jeans are accepted (not the stained and ripped ones). Hunting outfits are seen often in Europe, but if you wish to dress up, you should feel free to do so.

Attendance: All exhibitors have to stay until the judging is over. This is not only polite for the judge and the last exhibitors, but this amount of time is needed to prepare the paperwork of your dog.

Weight of the dog: Most dogs at American shows are considered overweight for European standards. The general rule for weight in Europe should be emphasized: the ribs should not be visible, but clearly palpable. So a thin layer of tissue should cover the chest. Less weight usually induces a little more tuck up of the underline.

Stacking (table): The dog is stacked on the table, never on the floor or ground. Do not extend the hindquarters as far as it is done here in the US. The hock is positioned slightly behind the rear.

The judge will ask the age of your dog. Indicate the age in months before 2 years (e.g. 21 months) and after 2 years of age in years and half years (e.g. 3½ years). The dog’s tail will be checked thoroughly: vertebra by vertebra. Make sure your dog does not mind this examination procedure.

The teeth are very important according to the FCI breed standard (see the chart of tooth faults on the next page). The judge will check and count all of your dog’s teeth, including the back teeth (molars and premolars). Almost all judges prefer to check the teeth themselves, however, only if your dog does not feel comfortable with this at all, you could request to show your own dog’s teeth. Make sure all teeth are clearly visible for the judge. In most instances, your fingers block the view. It is advised that you allow the judge check the teeth, when you are not sure about how to show them yourself.

Stance (floor): A natural stance is required on the floor. When the judge asks you to have your dog stand in front of him, you are not allowed to touch your dog. It takes a little practice to make sure your dogs stands nicely on its own during a few minutes, while the judge is dictating his evaluation. Take your time when doing this. The judge will wait until you feel your dog is ready to be evaluated. If you do not like your dog’s stance, you may want to reset your dog by quickly looping around and come to a standstill in front of the judge again. Remember you cannot touch your dog while doing this.

Most FCI judges will test the temperament of the dog by making strange noises and/or movements, when the dog stands on the floor (not table). A dachshund is not supposed to be fearful or aggressive.

Gaiting: Some judges ask handlers to walk their dog on loose lead. You are not obligated to do this, unless upon the judge’s request. A dog being able to trot on a loose lead, even when this is not requested, will impress most judges.

The gait is the most important aspect of FCI showing. Most dogs have a tempo in which it moves most beautifully. During gaiting, handlers are supposed to use the full size of the ring. Do not loop around in a small circle unless the judge asks you to do so. Continue walking until the judge or ring steward tells you otherwise.

Grooming: At European shows, the grooming is done prior to the show. Only minor combing or brushing is done just before showing. Make sure you plan the grooming well in advance.

The European longhairs are not groomed as much as here. Most of the furnishings are left intact. The feet should be trimmed neatly (between the toes). The same counts for the wirehairs. Most European breeders strip their dogs 8-6 weeks prior to a show. German judges love the beard and eyebrows so do not over-trim. Never shave off whiskers and eyebrows on any dog. The nails should be kept relatively short. The dog should be able to stand properly with the nails lightly touching the ground.

Do not apply any artificial fragrances and oils to your dachshunds. Keep in mind that dachshunds are supposed to be hunting dogs. Do not bathe your dog shortly prior to the show. It will negatively affect your dog's coat, especially in the case of longhaired and wirehaired dachshunds.

See pictures from the spring Zuchtschau here. Pictures from previous NATC events are at:

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