The 8th May 2020 will remain a day that we will never forget - the day that we welcomed our beautiful boy, Rocky, into our family.
"Having made our choice from the list of recommended breeders we had been advised to speak to, we were pleased with the welcome we received on our first visit and impressed with the care Di takes with her puppies.
Having been vetted, we then made our choice of pup, as we were lucky to be first on Di's list for a girl from that litter. Upon collection of her, we were happy and surprised to receive an extensive puppy pack and her life history to date, which has been most useful to us.
Bella is doing very well at 5 months, loved by all and considers herself boss at our puppy training classes and is known as Miss
Temperament is very important in a dog and Di's puppies certainly have this. I would certainly recommend her as a breeder to anyone looking for a Miniature Smooth Dachshund" - Carol and Bella
"As soon as I found Pelirroja online, I knew I had found the breeder that I so hoped to get a puppy from. The website offered me a huge depth of information, much more so than other Kennel Club breeder websites. As well as reading the very informative text online, Di was readily available to speak to on the phone, offering an endless depth of knowledge, welcome advice and honest guidance.
Margot is a long awaited and much loved addition to our family. We couldn’t have wished for a sweeter-natured, more loving or easy-going little dog!
We met Di, her family and the dogs some time before Margot was born and Di made us aware of all the pros and cons of owning a dachshund. After they were born, Di kept us informed of the puppies’ progress and sent us photos of them. We then met the litter when they were around five weeks old and were absolutely smitten. It was a very long wait to bring her home!
At eight weeks old, Margot came to us crate-trained and well on her way to being housetrained. Other than a few whimpers on her first few nights, Margot slept through from the very beginning and has always felt very secure in her crate wherever she may be. Within a couple weeks she was fully house trained.
As first time dog owners, we were incredibly grateful for the comprehensive ‘starter pack’ that Di provided which went above and beyond anything anyone else I know has received. Her advice on diet and the first food delivery was equally welcome.
Margot adapts incredibly well to all situations. She loved her two weeks holiday with her grandparents over the summer and gave us the most incredible welcome on our return! She’s equally happy in town or country, loves attending our children’s sporting fixtures, has enjoyed holidays at home and abroad with us and is very happy on long car journeys. I really feel we can take her anywhere!
Margot is a very sociable dog, and while she loves playing with other dogs, I think she actually prefers people, especially children, which is just as well as they LOVE her!
I can’t recommend Di enough as a breeder. From our very first dealings with her she has made sure that we had the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on everything dachshund. Her knowledge of the breed is phenomenal and she remains a constant source of advice and support. We don’t go anywhere without the ‘Dible’ - as the children call the incredibly detailed folder of information she gave us when we took Margot home.
What Di really excels at, however, is the 24/7 phone and text support that she continues to provide. Whenever I’ve had a concern or question she has come straight back to me with the most useful advice and links to the latest information. She also offers proactive guidance on new suppliers, medication, dietary advice etc. We’re incredibly grateful to her for bringing Margot in to our lives and for her ongoing friendship and help.
Whenever I speak to other dachshund owners they always remark on how lucky we were to find Di.
When you choose to bring a puppy into your family you hope to meet someone who takes your decision as seriously as you do, and from our first telephone “interview” I knew we were in safe hands. It was reassuring to be asked so many questions in response to my own, and to know that Di wouldn’t say “yes” to just anyone, no matter how much we wanted a puppy. If our home and lifestyle didn’t fit, she would say so.
We were also comforted by the fact that Di operates with a waiting list: she doesn’t have puppies ready and waiting, desperate to ship them off, which was a vibe we felt when speaking with other breeders who often wanted a deposit up-front.
A month or so after our first conversation she very kindly let us visit her home where we could see her girls at rest and play. They were happy, inquisitive and gentle. The home visit also gave us the opportunity to decide whether a mini dachshund was the right dog for us and at no point did we feel we couldn’t walk away. We had to be right for our puppy, and our puppy had to be right for us.
From the moment Monty was born Di would send us regular updates and photos. She made us feel that no question was too silly, no worry too absurd and she was absolutely available any time we needed her. Even now, at 10 months old we still ask questions, and that helpline is so comforting.
When the time came to bring Monty home we felt completely at ease knowing he had been crate-trained. We learnt early on how important it is to have a dog who is comfortable staying in a crate should any accidents occur and we can’t thank Di enough for her hard work. He even had a completely dry sleep back to London (a 2.5 hour journey) which was testament to Di’s dedication to her pups. Within a few days he was adjusted, eating well, sleeping mostly through the night and didn’t wet his bed once - incredible!
Di’s starter pack is a wonder and was our absolute Bible during the initial months. Other Daxie owners flick through and regularly say how they wish they’d had something so informative at their fingertips for those often exhausting first weeks.
Monty is an absolute joy: full of energy, a sense for adventure and is very sociable. He has taken the London life in his stride, particularly enjoying all the attention he gets in coffee shops, quickly followed by lap cuddles for hours at a time. He has happily stayed with our family and friends in the city and country who also know that Di is there for them should they have any concerns or questions.
Thank you for bringing such a fun, playful, well-tempered puppy into our lives. He is everything we wanted and more.
Craig, Antonia and Monty
It was fate that brought us to Di after we lost are silver dapple dachshund, Smudge, to cancer at the age the age of 4 years. We had not had a good experience with Smudge's breeder and she came to us with worms, ear mites and fleas. We were wary when we contacted Di, but she was totally different. She gave us a thorough vetting over a long phone call and we were then invited to Di’s house. She made us very welcome and we met all the dachshunds. They were gorgeous, very friendly with gleaming coats. I was kneeling on the floor with them and Lily the silver dapple curled up on my lap, it was as though she sensed I was sad.
Once Di was happy that we were suitable, we then met the Mum and the puppy we were to have, who we named Ruby. Di spent a lot of time with us and didn’t rush us in anyway. We received regular updates and lots of photos before collecting Ruby, and Di sent her to her forever home with us with a months supply of food, toys, a blanket, treats and a jumbo file, with everything you need to know and more. Even though this is the fourth dachshund we have had, I have found this file invaluable and referred to it many times. Di was in regular contact in the early weeks, checking Ruby was ok and reminding us we could contact her at any time if we had any concerns.
Ruby has developed into a lovely, friendly, confident little dog who is a joy to take anywhere. Children and adults of all ages stop to fuss and cuddle her and she takes this all in her stride. In fact I am reluctant to leave my husband outside shops with her as when I come back, all the young ladies are flocking round him and they are both loving it! Ruby has passed her Kennel Club puppy foundation course and is now working towards her bronze. Surprisingly she really enjoys and is very good at the agility class. This has been a new experience for us, and for those that run it as they have had to put out little jumps!
I would have no hesitation in recommending Di as breeder to anyone. The commitment, love and care for her dogs and the puppies she rears is exceptional and she more than deserves the status she has.
Love Sue, Bill and Ruby
I first found the Pelirroja Dachshunds website when my parents, who live in Monaco, were looking for a puppy in 2014. The timing wasn’t right then though, and Di didn’t have any puppies due for quite a while. We had already been on various waiting lists for over a year at that point so when a little red girl, Martha, was born with another breeder, we chose her.
In early 2017 my parents said that they would like a little sister for Martha and the Pelirroja Dachshunds website came to mind straight away. In my opinion, Di’s website is the most informative professional breeding website I have ever come across. It is very clear that Di is passionate about the breed, health and temperament, and has spent many years improving her breeding lines. All her girls are stunning.
I contacted Di to ask to go on her list for a bitch puppy and after many emails back and forth we were accepted. As expected, Di thoroughly vets her potential owners and quite rightly so, I would expect nothing less from a responsible breeder, it’s just a shame more aren’t quite so diligent. We kept in contact and although things didn’t work in our favour for several litters we were prepared to wait for as long as it took to have a Pelirroja puppy.
After some time, Di sent me an email to say that she had a litter of three, a girl and two boys, and that the girl was ours - so exciting! Not long after the birth, however, Di noticed that the little girl had been born with a kink in her tail and asked if it we were comfortable with that? She explained that it would cause no issue - we really didn’t mind at all. Di was still concerned about the angle of the tail, however, and said she would consult with her vet and let us know the outcome. The vet decided that it would be best if the crooked part of the tail was removed, to stop any potential damage later in life. This was then done a day or two after the puppy was born with no problems. My parents named her Nellie and Di’s daughter, Freya, affectionately called her ‘Tiny Tail Nellie’! Di and my mother spoke at length on the telephone and arranged for us to visit Nellie when she was four weeks old.
We already knew that we had made the right choice to wait for a Pelirroja puppy, and when we met Di, the family and all their gorgeous, well adjusted dachshund girls, it just confirmed it. Di is such a dedicated, knowledgeable, kind and warm person who does her absolute best to produce beautiful, healthy and well balanced puppies with super temperaments that really are a credit to her. When we visited, she spent so much time answering all of our questions and showing us her girls and the puppies, even though she was exhausted because not only does she have her family and household to run, her dogs and various puppies to care for, she was successfully hand rearing 10 standard dachshund puppies as their mother, Robyn, sadly passed away after unforeseeable complications with the birth of her litter, I honestly don’t know how she was holding it together!
Finally, some words about little Nellie. She is probably the easiest puppy any of us in our family have ever known. She’s so laid back, nothing seems to faze her, she’s very biddable, was very easy to toilet train and so, so comical. She adores her sister Martha, Maisie and Margaux her canine family in the UK, and we all adore her.
She really is a very special girl and we have Di to thank for breeding such a little cracker!
Sam, Nellie and family
I found Pelirroja Dachshunds on the Kennel website. I didn’t know where to start really. I contacted Diane to ask for some advice about a responsible breeder and what to look for in a puppy. She called me and we talked for over an hour. She answered every question I had about getting a puppy; in return, she asked me lots of questions about our lifestyle, work commitments, holidays and what we were looking for. She mentioned her waiting list and the fact that all her puppies are “reserved” before they are even born. After a lengthy conversation she told me someone on her waiting list had let her down, so she had one puppy available. She didn’t sell me the puppy, she asked me to think about it, talk to my husband and then visit her to see the puppies with their mum.
I went to see the puppies and I fell in love with them, without even thinking about which one would be ours. We talked even more and again Diane answered all the questions I had and gave me lots of tips. She said was happy to “sell” the last puppy to us. I felt so excited and relieved that she trusted us to look after one of her babies.
Diane kept in touch almost daily with lots of pictures and videos of all the puppies playing and feeding. When she finally confirmed me which puppy was going to be ours we arranged another visit. We wanted to hold our gorgeous little bundle of fluff.
Despite the COVID pandemic the handover on collection day was easy and smooth. Diane had everything ready for us. A huge puppy pack with every piece of information you need from crate training, toilet training, treats etc. etc. Lots of toys, a blanket and some tasty treats! We then arranged a video call to check everything was ok and to go through any questions I had.
Our little Monty settled very well and was happy in his new home. I followed every single page in the puppy pack and I still do.
What else can I say? Diane is an absolute star. Since our first conversation she has been there for me, helping me, supporting me. As a first-time owner I didn’t know what to expect but Diane never failed to come up with answers to all my questions. Her love and passion for dachshunds are second to none. I learned a lot over the last 7 months and I keep learning about this wonderful breed every day. I am a lot more relaxed now and I know that if I have doubts or need advice Diane is just a phone call away!
Monty has bought so much joy and happiness to our lives and I can’t thank Diane enough for trusting in me.
Elena, Michael and Emily
Nikki, Nathan and family
Having lost our dear Poppy in August 2019, we were planning to look for another Miniature Dachshund to fill the gap in our lives. We had trawled the internet and made various enquiries, and luckily we found Pelirroja and were soon in contact with Di who was understanding of our needs, and with mutual questioning we decided that Di was the breeder for us and we were the parents to-be for one of her pups.
Di always has the welfare of the puppies at heart and will not allow puppies to go to homes that do not meet her high standards of ownership.
Di was happy to welcome us to her home to view the litter and Mum in their natural environments, along with the rest of the Crew.
Finally the big day came and we collected our handsome little boy who we had decided to call Rocco. Again Di was full of advice and suggestions and provided an encyclcopedia which she had compiled for new owners of her puppies. Even though we had owned a Dachshund previously the book gave us tips and advice which were an education to us.
Along with Rocco came a puppy starter pack which contained toys,a blanket,nail clippers and lots of items to ease the way for new owners.
During the next few weeks Di was always happy and willing to provide support to our questions and would reply immediately with advice or links to websites.
We are extremely lucky to have found Di and Rocco and would have no hesitation in recommending her to any potential Dachshund owners.
Stefania and Nick
Having always wanted a Dachshund we came across Di’s website. We were extremely impressed with the depth of knowledge and experience she has to offer. From our first phone call it was clear to see how passionate about Daxies she truly is. She thoroughly vetted us to ensure the pup would go to a good home. She has given us continuous help and guidance right from the very start. She ticks every box for a good reputable breeder, always going above and beyond. We couldn’t recommend her enough she truly cares about the welfare of every single pup in every single litter. We have been extremely lucky to have Di guide us through this amazing journey and make it a positive experience - one we hope to do again some day. If you are looking for a passionate, knowledgeable and devoted breeder then look no further.
Owner of Willow
Firstly, we have to say how happy we have been with Snoop and our experience as we took the plunge to add a new addition to our family.
Snoop is a cheeky, sociable, beautiful and intelligent boy who lives comfortably, constantly learning and evolving to be everything we were after. Di gave him the best start in life and we’ll always be grateful. You could not find a more dedicated and passionate breeder.
Bekky, Marcus and Snoop
When we started the process of looking for a puppy, at the top of our list was finding an ethical breeder who put their dogs’ welfare first. Within a couple of minutes of the first conversation with Di, it was clear that she was exactly who we were looking for.
Otto is now 7 months old, and from that initial call until now (and I’m sure in the future) we have greatly appreciated and benefited from the large amount of important advice, recommendations and support that Di has given us.
Although we both grew up with dogs when we were young, a lot has changed since then in terms of buying and owning one and we’d never had a puppy ourselves before. Di made the whole process very straightforward and was, and still is, always available to answer any questions that we ask.
Otto has been an absolute delight since he joined us. He’s brilliant with the children, fun to be with and very affectionate. He obviously had a great start to life and we thank Di for that.
Even though Otto lives with us now, we know that he will always be a part of the Pelirroja family and can count on its support for the whole of his life.
Ian & Rina