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Why AKC Pedigree
A devoted Dachshund makes an excellent family dog.
Despite their small size they make a good watch dog with a surprisingly
loud bark. Dachshunds may be slightly aggressive to strangers. Given the
nickname the "sausage dog" they are low to the ground, long in body and
short of leg with robust muscular development. The Dachshund has an
intelligent, alert, facial expression. There are six varieties of
Dachshunds; smooth-haired, wire-haired and long-haired in two sizes,
Standard and Miniature. The smooth-haired Dachshund is the originally
strain, the wire-haired and the long-haired were attained by crossing
the smooth-haired with other breeds. Dachshunds are an intelligent and
lively breed who will need firm training to prevent disobedience. As a
Dachshund Breeder this is my type dog! I have Dachshund Puppies For
Sale to be
members of your family.
GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR
MINIATURE DACHSHUND PUPPY
you're looking through the dachshund kennel websites, and it seems that the females are
usually always priced higher than the males with many dachshund breeders. Is that because they make better
pets? Are the males undesirable?
In fact, it is my
opinion that males make the best pets overall. Nearly all my family pets are
males. So why then the price difference? Two reasons: 1)
Breeders buy more females, and
people automatically assume that males will hike their legs on everything in
This is not true!
If you have a male neutered
before he reaches puberty, he will never begin to hike his leg. Your vet will be
able to advise you as to the age the puppy needs to be, but three to six months
is a good estimate.
You will find a
male dachshund to be a huge baby who loves to be held and snuggled, follows your
every move through the house, and will guard and protect you with his life.
needs to be aware that a puppy is a baby and that sometimes babies (Even human
ones. ) may get sick due to stress or other related reasons. He is leaving my
home and entering a new environment and stress related sicknesses may occur if
the puppy goes through a shipping experience. This is beyond my control. New
owners needs to allow proper rest and nutrition.
Cost and Support of a New Puppy
getting a puppy from a dachshund kennel or dachshund breeder, you need to make sure you are financially able to support a
puppy with its continuing needs of food, shots worming and health checks. My
puppies are not cheap. I have invested thousands of dollars into my dogs. They
eat the best food and have the best medical care I can provide. NO good breeder can sell there
puppies cheap and take care of there dogs needs in the correct way.
Limited Registration and a
What is a spay/neuter
contract and limited AKC registration that
some dachshund breeders speak of.
This means that the puppy or canine is being sold with limited restrictions.
That you may not show or breed the dog. We highly recommend that our
puppies are spayed or neuter by there first birthday. If you decide to go ahead and have
puppies they can not be registered with the AKC.
Most Dachshund Breeders give you a sizeable discount,
including my self. Full AKC registration cost more.
You are paying for the right to breed or show.
Deposits On Puppies
require a $200 to $300 deposit to hold a puppy and
the balance by 8 weeks of age. The deposit is
do not take deposits until after the puppies are born and they are
at least three weeks of age.
Age they can go to there new
do not leave my home until they are eight weeks of age. Each pup is seen by my
vet and given a clean bill of health before leaving my care. If shipping is
needed it would be at 8 to 10 weeks of age.. I also hold the right to keep a
puppy longer if I feel it is not mature enough to leave my home at 8 weeks of
offer the best quality puppy I can.
been breeding dachshunds since 1995. I am still learning and taking in knowledge of this breed and will continue doing so. I have been Very Bless and I love
my dogs very much and I am trying my best to improve the breed. I am very
proud of my dogs.
Bring your puppy to a
veterinarian for it initial checkup. Find out from the breeder which shots have
been administered, as well as worming information. Initial
vaccinations will not guarantee that your puppy will be immune, but the entire series of
vaccinations must be completed in order to protect your puppy from disease.
During this time, it is best to keep your puppy away from other animals which
are not current on their vaccinations. Also I would keep the puppy off of
strange grasses, such as parks, along side of roads, etc. until the entire
series of shots have been given.
poisonous substances out of your dog's reach, including insecticides, household
detergents, and household plants. Some indoor plants such as English ivy,
dieffenbachia, philodendron, and caladium are poisonous; so don't let your puppy
chew or play with their leaves. A veterinarian can give you a list of hazardous
plants and other toxins. Also keep all medications off of tables the dog can
reach. It will amaze you how they can climb when they want something. Also be
careful if you have a swimming pool. Dachshunds love water, but can drown if
quiet place to feed and house your puppy. It is important to find an area that
the puppy will feel secure, free from traffic and drafts. Continue to feed the
Brand of Dog Food your Breeder recommended. ( I feed Purina Pro Plan for
puppies) If you do decide to change the
brand, do so gradually to the new choice, so the puppy's tummy won't get upset.
Initially your puppy
needs plenty of rest, so handling and playtime should be kept to a minimum. If
you have children, be sure to instruct them on the proper way in which to pick
up and hold the puppy; a puppy should never be picked up by its front legs or
neck. Also instruct your children about running with the puppy, as the puppy can
get in-between their feet and be stepped on or your child might fall when
running and hurt the puppy. Be consistent and patient with your puppy; it will reward you with
unconditional love and companionship.
Dachshund puppies available rely on their mother's milk to provide protective antibodies.
Approximately two weeks after weaning, their natural immunity begins to
diminish; therefore, it is important to bring your puppy to the veterinarian for
a check up and vaccination schedule. Vaccines stimulate puppies into producing
their own antibodies; so all puppies must be vaccinated in order to protect them
from certain diseases. Common diseases include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and corona virus.
Sometimes the leptospirosis in the shots can cause an allergic reaction, causing
swelling of facial features. Advise your veterinarian of this. Your
veterinarian should be notified if you notice a loss in your puppy's appetite,
any vomiting or diarrhea, or persistent coughing.
can also pose a problem for puppies; they can be either internal or external.
Most of the internal parasites live in the puppy's intestine. Their eggs are
usually transmitted through the soil from other infected feces. Some indications
of internal parasites include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, poor
appetite, lethargy, or weight loss. Thin spaghetti-like or short rice-like worms
are also indications of internal parasites. A veterinarian can examine a sample
of the puppy's feces to detect parasites.
parasites such as fleas, lice, and ticks, can cause skin damage and can infect a
puppy with disease. Lice are small insects that cling to the dog; infection is
usually made by contact with other animals or an infected environment. Fleas
feed on the puppy's blood and cause itching. Once a flea is swallowed, it can
cause tapeworms. Ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever as well as lyme
disease.( I use Frontline Plus and have been very pleased with it) Ear mites can also pose a problem for your puppy; signs include
scratching of the ears, shaking of the head, or dark earwax. It is best to seek
the advice of your veterinarian to treat parasites, both internal and external
Housebreaking is an area
that will take
If your Miniature Dachshund puppy
has not been trained prior to your ownership, it is important to begin
immediately. A puppy needs to relieve itself approximately six times per day.
Since a full stomach puts pressure on the bladder and colon, Begin training your
dog to eliminate after each meal.
One method of
training your Miniature Dachshund puppy is by using its kennel crate. At night,
place the puppy in its crate; most young pups will wake up barking or whining
early the next morning, indicating a need to relieve itself. Take the puppy
outside to the area where you want it to eliminate. If successful, provide the
puppy with plenty of praise; and then allow it to play inside while preparing
its breakfast. Carefully supervise the puppy when indoors; do not allow it to
run in the house until fully trained. After playtime, take the puppy outside
again, and repeat the elimination process; then put the puppy back into it
crate. Wait one hour and repeat the process. By the end of the day, the puppy
will realize that when taken out of the crate, it should eliminate. However, if
the puppy is not successful after 10-15 minutes, bring it back inside and place
it in the crate. After 30 minutes try again. This sequence can be repeated until
the puppy is fully housebroken.
I do not approve of using
a crate if the puppy is placed in it all day while you are at work, let out
briefly when you come home, then placed back in it when you go to bed. A young puppy needs socialization and the
freedom to experience life without being kept in a crate all the time!
remain consistent when house-training your Miniature Dachshund. Since your dog wants to please you, do not
confuse it by letting it do something one day and then punishing it for doing
the same thing on another day. Remember, no form of physical punishment is as
effective as praise and encouragement.
Grooming can be a special
time of bonding between a pet and its owner. Some areas of grooming include
bathing, coat care, eye/ear care, and nail/teeth care.
Miniature Dachshund should be bathed only when needed; too frequent bathing will
dry out the skin and coat. Use a good shampoo which is veterinarian approved.
Dry bathing your dog is another option. These products are sold at most pet
stores and are applied by rubbing into the dog's coat; afterward they are
brushed out. If you give your dog a wet bath, keep it indoors and protect it
from any drafts until it coat is fully dry.
Miniature Dachshund love having their coats brushed and combed. They are usually
easy to handle if you are gentle, taking care to not pull the hair. During the
shedding season, it's a good idea to give your dog a hand massage in order to
remove the excess hair; this should be done outdoors.
Miniature Dachshund eyes and ears during the grooming process; the eyes should
be clear and bright, and the ears should be clean. It may be necessary to clip
some hair within the ears if there is not a clear air passage. Pay close
attention to the ears; if you notice any redness, bad smell, swelling, or
sensitivity to touch, contact your veterinarian immediately.
should keep your puppy's nails clipped to ensure good foot development. Let your
veterinarian show you how to do this so you do not clip too much. If you clip
too far back, you may cut a vein and make the nail bleed. Be sure to have a
good, sharp nail clipper to do this job. If it makes you uncomfortable or your
dog will not cooperate, you can pay a professional groomer to clip the nails.
TRAINING YOUR MINIATURE
training of your Miniature Dachshund, you should begin as soon as you acquire
the dog. You can do the training yourself, or you can hire a professional
trainer to do the work. Local dog training classes are usually available; they
will be listed in the newspaper, or your breeder can recommend a trainer.
are two types of training behavioral and obedience. Behavioral training corrects
bad habits that your Miniature Dachshund may have developed such as begging,
chasing cars, jumping on people, and so on. It is important to be consistent
during the training process.
training sessions should be short, but frequent; ten to fifteen minute sessions,
two or three times a day will be sufficient. If your training sessions are too
long, your Miniature Dachshund will become bored. The best training time is
before meals. If you work with your dog before it eats, it will begin to
associate its meal as a reward for the training sessions.
giving a word command to your dog, speak its name to get its attention; then
speak a one-word command such as sit, stay, or heel. Do not get impatient, you
will probably have to repeat the command many times. Never use negative
reinforcement; do not call your dog to come to you for
punishment because this will teach your dog not to come on command.
of the specific commands are 'sit', 'stay', 'heel', and 'come.' When speaking
the commands, say them loudly and clearly, repeating them often. The dog may
have to hear the commands over and over, but will soon begin to associate the
word with its meaning. When your dog responds correctly, remember to praise it;
this will provoke your dog to perform correctly the next time.
Socializing Your New Puppy
sure that each of the following events are
-Invite friends over to meet your pup. Include men, women, and children.
friendly, healthy, vaccinated dogs and puppies to your home or take your puppy
there to visit.
your pup to shopping centers, parks, school playgrounds, etc; places where there
are crowds of people and plenty of activity. However, do not put your puppy down
on the ground until they are at least 14
weeks of age.
your puppy for short, frequent rides in the car.
-Introduce your puppy to new and various
your puppy to being brushed, bathed, inspected, having its nails clipped, teeth
and ears cleaned and all the routines of grooming and physical examination.
anything and everything you want your puppy to be
Description of an un-socialized puppy
that is not properly socialized will often be frightened and may have aggressive
tendencies. Dogs that have not been socialized properly as puppies, are known to
bite in fear. Un-socialized dogs also have difficulty adjusting to any new
are timid around new people and sometimes will attach to only one person (and
not associate with anyone else).
some puppies have inherent (genetic)
which make them more cautious and less outgoing.
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