My husband and I fell in love with the dachshund breed the year that our children gave me a small 6 wk old female dachshund for Mother's Day.
Shortly afterwards, we decided she needed a playmate so we started looking for another mini dachshund. As we searched, we fell in love over and over again with every dachshund puppy we saw. They were the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen with their variety of colors, markings, & various patterns.
We had heard many negative comments about dachshunds, & as we raised our puppies to adulthood, we learned that patience, consistency, structure, loving discipline, & socialization are the key to a happy dachshund & a family in love with their dachshund.
We have seen the results of an unsocialized dachshund puppy who becomes an adult with an unpredictable temperament around other dogs & people. This is the type of behavior that gives the dachshund breed a bad name & causes people to believe that they are not good family pets.
We believe that the only way to counteract the negativity about the dachshund behavior & temperament is to start the socialization & training process early during the puppies' first 8-10 weeks & teach new dachshund owners how to train & maintain their new dachshund. Consequently, we remain available to lend an ear, offer suggestions, & give lifetime support to our adoptive families.
As we researched the breed & learned more and more about the origin of the dachshunds, their history, their genetics, and everything we could find about them, we became "hooked on dachshunds". We found them to have such personality! The adoring way they look at you as you work around them - that would melt any heart! And what about when you find them patiently waiting at your feet for a touch or a look from you that lets them know that they are as important to you as you are to them?
Like I said, we were hooked, so my husband and I decided to breed dachshunds to promote the beauty, temperament, & unique character of this wonderful breed of dogs. We wanted to provide responsible pet owners the opportunity to own a dachshund puppy that would melt their heart, adore them, & love them unconditionally, & they would, in turn, give this puppy a loving, permanent home.
We bought an acreage to raise our dogs, provide a healthy environment for them to have puppies, and give them lots of room to play and run.
Our dachshunds live in the house with us. They are our pets but since our children are all grown up, we call them our kids. We love to spend time with them and we enjoy watching newborn puppies grow and watch their personality develop as they mature.
The excitement of waiting for a new litter to be born never goes away and being there when the little moms deliver these precious little bundles of joy makes our day.
Our goal since we have become breeders has been to provide our dogs with the best care we can; promote the dachshund breed to those who don't know the breed; provide dachshund lovers with a variety of colors and patterns to chose from when they buy a doxie; provide a healthy dog to those who adopt from us; and share what we have learned through research and experience with others who love the dachshund breed.
We start socializing & training the puppies at a very young age because it is true that dachshunds can be a challenge to train. Like children, they thrive on structure, discipline, consistency, & stability.
Dachshunds are very smart; they will outsmart their owners & a problem will occur if the owners have not done their homework on the breed. Your dachshund may end up being the boss instead of you!! However, dachshund lovers will agree that once they have owned a dachshund & know the breed, they can't be without one...
We do not cross-breed. We breed only dachshund to dachshund. We are diligent in not breeding patterns that could cause defects in the offspring, and could be transferred genetically down the generations. We are also very careful not to overbreed our dogs. We give them time to rest between litters & always make sure they are vet checked & healthy before breeding them again. Our dogs' safety, health & general well-being are of utmost importance to us, therefore, we make those a priority in our care giving. Our dogs have regular visits with the vet & are vaccinated annually. We consider their health a serious matter.
We observe the pregnant moms closely throughout their pregnancy. A mom is moved into our bedroom for the last 2-3 weeks of her pregnancy so that she can become familiar with her whelping area (pictured below) and I can be close to her in case she goes into labor during the night. If there were any complications during delivery of a litter or afterwards, we retire her from our breeding program. At no time will we endanger any of our females for the sake of breeding or put any of our dachshund family at risk! Our vets oversee all of our breeding activities & we value our vets' advice on all that we do as breeders.
We keep the moms and their puppies in our bedroom for the first 3 - 4 weeks to make sure the puppies are eating & growing, their weight stabilizes, their eyes and ears are open, and they can regulate their body temperature adequately. They are also started on puppy pablum & water at 3 - 4 weeks old & we start familiarizing them with a pee pad in their pen.
Once we are satisfied that the puppies are stable, we move them out to the kitchen or living room where we attach a playpen to their kennel.
Here they learn that there are other dogs and people around; they get used to a variety of inside & outside sounds; they are gradually transitioned from pablum to puppy mush or soft puppy food, then to hard puppy food; and potty training on a pee pad continues. When the weather permits, we start potty-training them to go outside.
Step by step, we socialize them with people, and with the other dogs. If we have 2 litters, the moms from both litters learn to co-exist and trust each other with each other's puppies and the puppies learn to play together and respect the "moms". Quite often, the moms nanny each other's puppies.
Looking after our dogs takes up a lot of our time and we enjoy that. It is the highlight of our lives. There is nothing more rewarding than a doxie mom allowing you to be part of the process of her babies being born; or a doxie greeting you at the door; or jumping into your lap as soon as you sit down; or better yet, little puppies rushing to the door of their playpen as soon as they hear your voice.
The puppies are handled daily with love and attention. They learn structure & discipline as dachshunds thrive on those. We believe that consistency in structure & discipline is the basis for a well-behaved doxie pet with a good temperament.
We have met some wonderful people since we started breeding, and I was amazed at how many people love dachshunds. We have also met some awesome breeders, and some not so good ones - even some who lacked integrity & took advantage of us as new breeders. But we have learned from that as well.
This is not a business for us & we are not a puppy mill! It is a work of love that brought some much-needed joy and healing to us at times when life had broken us down tragically & our dachshunds were our therapy.
We welcome visitors and enjoy meeting other dachshund lovers as well as the opportunity to share what we have learned about this wonderful breed. We strive to be the best breeders we can be as we learn more and more about the dachshund breed every day. There is always more to learn....
We breed for temperament, color and pattern. However, our priority is to produce healthy puppies and keep our adults safe, healthy & happy in the process.
We do not intentionally sell to irresponsible breeders or puppy mills, & we never sell to pet stores. We love our puppies & try to place them in the care of responsible pet owners by screening prospective adoptive families thoroughly.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of who we are, how we got started, and why we became breeders of dachshunds.
As of November 2011, our dachshunds are known from coast to coast. We have dachshunds living in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, also in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, & Nova Scotia; & recently, we have extended our shipping to include the Northwest Territories.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you...
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