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Your dachshund puppy purchase

If you are considering purchasing a puppy, you are considering making a commitment in time and money for many years to come. It should not be done without the involvement of all family members and it should never be done on impulse.

The next step should be choosing a breed. This should not be done by appearance, or because your Aunt Mary had one when you were a child. A breed whose characteristics fit your life style will offer the best chance that you will be adding a much loved family member who will bring you joy for many years to come. If you are reading this, you are considering a Dachshund. The purpose here is not to familiarize you with Dachshund traits. There are many very good sources available that will detail the breed's characteristics and personality traits.

Nearly everyone is familiar with the horrors of puppy mills, and has heard at one time or another not to buy from a pet shop but to buy from a reputable breeder. Often the information goes no further, and the prospective buyer is left to discern with very little information exactly what makes up a reputable breeder or how to locate one. The purpose here is to help define the term "reputable breeder', how to locate one, and why it is important.

Dachshunds are uniquely recognized due to their body type. Although endearing, the long back and short legs can lead to back problems, sometimes so severe that it requires surgery, or results in paralysis. Dachshunds as well as other breeds can be victim to other health problems including epilepsy and Progressive Retina Atrophy, or PRA, a disease the ends in blindness. It is impossible to guarantee the health of a dog throughout the course of it's life, but it is much less likely that you will encounter some of these problems if your Dachshund is the result of a mating where the genetics of the parents were studied. You can stack the deck a bit in your favor by making the correct purchase.

Ethical breeders care for their dogs as pets. They breed to improve the breed, and not for the financial gain of selling a litter of puppies. They maintain records of vaccinations, vet care, and health of each animal. A reputable breeder will not sell a puppy until it is at least 10 weeks old. They have spent years researching and developing their lines, trying to achieve genetic soundness as well as proper structure. They generally are showing their dogs at conformation and or other activities, such as field trials or earth dog events. Having their dogs judged in AKC competition against the breed standard is how reputable breeders measures the success of their attempt to improve the breed. You should be able to see copies of both parents' pedigree, and the parents and Dachshund should be AKC registered. The breeder should have a spay/neuter contract for pups going to pet homes. The breeder should provide a written health guarantee, and be available for support and advice after you have taken your puppy home. Should you be unable to keep the dog for any reason, an ethical breeder will help in the placement or accept a return. You can expect a reputable breeder to screen you, to ensure that the puppy will have a good home, and to refuse a sale if it does not appear to be in the best interest of the dog.

Many ethical breeders do not advertise, they do not have to. The best place to start your search is the national and local dog clubs. They will be able to supply you with referrals. Dog shows are excellent opportunities to meet breeders and fanciers that can help you in your search. Do your own homework however, and learn as much as possible about the breed. You and the breeder will enter into a relationship that will last the lifetime of the dog, so find someone you are comfortable with.

These dogs are frequently less expensive then those available in pet shops. Taking the time to find the right breeder and Dachshund can prevent health and behavior problems in the future.

 

    Disclaimer:
    This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the Dachshund community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.
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