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Our Club Bylaws, most recently amended in 2017, govern the Club's key activities and operations, including the Club's purposes, membership, duties of Officers and Directors, meetings, elections, and other business. To download a copy, click on this link: MDC Bylaws 2017


The Club holds a general membership meeting in conjunction with our specialty shows. Special meetings may be held if there is enough business to conduct.

The Board of Directors is authorized to conduct all business on behalf of the membership. 

Our membership consists of breeders, show and performance event competitors, as well as Dachshund pet owners who do not compete but love the breed and enjoy attending the different Dachshund activities. You need not be a competitor to belong to the Minnesota Dachshund Club.


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The Club sponsors competitive, educational, and social events throughout the year. Competitive events include AKC licensed conformation shows, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally, and field trials.

In August, 2002, we resumed Obedience competition at our Specialty.

In October, 2002, we held our first field trial weekend, which has become an annual event in the fall.

Educational events have included a tour of the University of Minnesota veterinary hospital, a lecture on canine reproduction, and acupuncture seminars. 

At a recent Fun Day, we held a Dachshund breed education seminar, a fun conformation match with training on exhibiting in conformation, and a den trial demonstration and practice in the dens.  At past Fun Days, we held a fun conformation match with training in conformation, a den trial demonstration and practice in the dens, an obedience demonstration, and presented Rachel Page Elliott's "Dog Steps," a video on movement and dog structure. At our 2005 Fun Day, we offered the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, a fun conformation match, and a seminar and practice session on AKC's event: Rally. At our 2006 Fun Day, we offered an agility demonstration and training. At our November 2008 Annual Meeting, we held a fun conformation match, an AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and a Therapy Dog demonstration.

We now hold 2 Specialties in August, complete with competition in Breed, obedience, Rally, Junior Showmanship, and puppy/veteran sweepstakes, in conjunction with the St. Croix Valley KC all breed shows. Our specialties are on Thursday and Friday, followed by all breed shows on Saturday and Sunday. After the show on Thursday, we normallly offer a complimentary hospitality event, complete with a light meal and beverages - open to all club members, exhibitors, and Dachshund friends. After the Friday show, we offer a chuckwagon barbecue dinner (reservations required), with a brief club membership meeting afterwards.

Minnesota Dachshund Club offers DCA plaques and pins for conformation, obedience, and rally at our August specialties.

Membership Information

Membership is open to Dachshund fanciers in good standing with the American Kennel Club. To join, please download the membership application below and follow the instructions on the application.

Membership Application

Members are expected to abide by the Club's Code of Ethics.

You can get free copies of the AKC's Rules and Regulations governing activities of the dog fancy at: current AKC Rules and Regulations.   This includes conformation shows, obedience, field, and agility trials, and earthdog tests, among others.   The booklets must be downloaded individually; there no longer is a ZIP file of all the booklets on this page.


The Club's operating funds come from a variety of sources, including  member dues, trophy donations, raffles and auctions held at shows and trials, entry fees from our shows and trials, and the sale of items with original Dachshund designs (T-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee cups, socks, etc.). Our members and friends show amazing generosity with their contributions.

Officers and Directors for 2018:

You can click on any of the officers' or directors' names to send them an email.

President John Levell
Vice-President: Dave Nickel
Secretary: Peter Schuman
Treasurer: Connie Levell
Director: Karen Applen
Director: Diane Clay
Director: Stephanie Hass
Director: Nance Skoglund