We began our journey with Miniature Smooth Dachshunds in September 2006 when we bought our Black and Tan boy, Albie.
Albie was a very special little man and it was through owning him that we fell in love with the breed.
During the time we owned Albie, we lived in a cottage in the grounds of a stud farm. Miles from anywhere, Albie had acres of open space to run around, with lazy afternoons on the lawn in Summer and cozy nights by the open fire in Winter. His 'girlfriend' was a lovely Lurcher named Kiera, who lived in the main farmhouse.
Sadly Albie passed away in March 2011 of complications due to IVDD. Albie was never used at stud and had no relation to any of the Dachshunds we own now. He was purely a very much loved family pet.
We learned a lot from owning Albie, but were very aware, once he died, that we didn't know enough. There was no information to be found online regarding IVDD as the internet was still in its infancy. Social Media wasn't used in the way it is now, so there were no 'Facebook Groups' to gain information from. It was due to his premature passing that we decided to take a more active role within the breed and become as knowledgeable as possible, which in turn lead to working with excellent mentor's; people who have now been in the breed over 40 years and who judge at Championship level, including Crufts. With their careful guidance and my own passion for Anatomy, Biology, Physiology and learning in general, we began our journey into breeding.
As you will see as you view this website, I am extremely passionate about the job I do. Breeders can get a bad rep, and I can completely understand why, with so much indiscriminate breeding taking place and puppy farming. However, there are still some breeders out there who take their responsibility very seriously, myself being one of them. I have Diplomas in Canine Anatomy and Physiology and in Kennel Management, and certificates in Canine First Aid, in Microchipping and in Canine Pregnancy Ultrasound. I never stop researching and learning, and this reflects in my undertaking of all I do.
We currently own seven bitches who are extremely dear to us - Fern, Nova, Lilly, Storm, Persy, Phoenix and Sunshine (the Standard Dachshund). We also own one dog, Groover, who we hope to use at stud with some of our girls in the future. All of our dogs have beautiful temperaments and are an absolute pleasure to share our home with. They live alongside ourselves and our 4 children, and are very much a part of our family. More often than not, they are the centre of our attention!
Pelirroja means 'red haired' or 'red head' in Spanish. As our 4 children have red hair, and our foundation girl, Roxy, was a Red Miniature Smooth too, we thought this would be the perfect affix and kennel name for us.