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Over the last few years, Dachshunds have become a extremely popular. Due to their constant presence on TV and appearing on merchandise from tea towels to clothing, lots of people have become attracted to them, and understandably so - they are beautiful!
Miniature Smooths, in particular, are now the latest 'craze' and are always in high demand. This popularity has soared and lead to a vast amount of unscrupulous breeding practice by people 'jumping on the breeding bandwagon', trying to make money from their pet, one which may not have been sold for this purpose originally. Those doing so often have very little knowledge of the breed, the core responsibilities of a breeder and the important factors that go hand in hand with breeding, such as:
Invariably, and as predicted, we are now seeing a huge amount of Dachshunds being rehomed and many of these dogs are on their 3rd or 4th home at a young age, again, due to not being placed corretly initially.
From the emails I receive, it seems to be some confusion as to what a real breeder does, most often assuming that litters of pups are produced on a regular basis and that we always have pups available, to be sold to whomever may want them at their request. This is not the case......
An upcoming and new litter is a life event - not a production line. A good breeder will literally be counting the days until the new arrivals come, with equal amounts of excitement and trepidation, praying that everything goes to plan and everyone arrives healthy, most importantly that her Dam is fine throughout.
The sole reason for breeding should be to improve the breed, to produce pups that are better than the generation before. We do this by carefully selecting a stud dog that compliments our bitch in various ways, and by doing so, we hope to create puppies that are better than we already have and/or the time before.
When we breed here, we do so for ourselves. We hope to keep the 'pick' of the litter (should it be what we are looking for) and to move forward with our line in terms of showing and, in the future, breeding on again. The remaining pups will only be sold to homes that we deem a perfect for our babies. Should all enquiries received not fit that bill, prior to the pups arrival or during their first 8 weeks, the pups will stay with us until the right owner/home does come along, regardless of how long this takes.
It isn't by sheer luck that each dog we now own has a fantastic, well rounded temperament and is also a good example of the breed. It has taken a number of years to get to this stage, by avoiding breeding from those that haven't been suitable and only doing so from those we know have a very 'level' personality. Keeping pups from these litters, that display the same traits as their parents, then breeding from them when the time is right, means that we can now ascertain the temperament of each puppy produced here. Many, many Dachshunds have bad temperaments and are extremely hard work (incessant barking, snapping, confrontational, fear aggressive, nervous), we never breed from dogs such as these as it very often passes through the genes. Many of those breeding now will not take any of the above into account.
A 'good' breeder will never sell a pup to an unsuitable home and, as disappointing as it can be to be told your circumstances aren't right for the breed, there are valid reasons behind this decision and a good breeder has everyone's best interests at heart, nothing more. The last thing they want is for a pup they have bred to be unhappy in its new home, or for the new owners to regret/be unhappy with their new addition, and ultimately have to make the devastating decision to bring the puppy back, or worse still, advertise to find it a new home. It is absolutely imperative to get the match between pup and owner right, right from the start. Being thoroughly vetted is mandatory and if you have been refused by a 'good' breeder, but accepted by a less known or less experienced breeder, please question their reasons for doing so, also for breeding the litter in the first instance and the health and temperament of the pup you will be getting. The lifespan of a Dachshund (with no health issues) is 15 years - this is a long time to have a dog that barks at everything that moves or is scared of its own shadow.
Never buy a puppy from someone who doesn't ask questions regarding your circumstances, or evades any questions that you may have. Be wary of those who mention the price of their pups before being asked this question by yourself, or who ask to take a deposit from you without any knowledge of you or your lifestyle. Be very careful of those who don't care if they haven't met you before the day of collection. You should also always be able to see the pups with their mum when you visit, even if the pups are weaned by that point.
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