Dachshund Information for the Newbie

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♥ Ch- Francis....- THD CG

Barked: Fri Mar 9, '07 1:09pm PST 
I was requested by a couple community members to share some information I have compiled in my page in in my diaries so here we go.

DCA taken from_Dachshund FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
By Steven Michelson and Andra O'Connell

Deve lopment of the Dachshund
The current Dachshunds (also known as Teckels, Dachels, or Dachsels) originated in Germany. In fact, the name Dachshund is German for "badger dog," indicating why these dogs were originally bred - to hunt badgers. German foresters, in the 18th and 19th centuries, mixed a variety of breeds together, aiming for a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow, and fight to the death with the vicious badgers who were unlucky enough to inhabit that burrow. Dachshunds have also been used to hunt foxes, and believe it or not, wild boar. Even dachshunds who are abundantly pampered with modern day amenities still maintain this innate hunting instinct. It would not be uncommon to witness a normally friendly pet dachshund suddenly leap off the living room sofa from a sound sleep in the donut position (a favorite position of dachshunds), and, without any hesitation, fiercely attack and capture an unwitting prey such as a common household bug. So, it's no wild boar. Thankfully."

Here are some exceptional books on the breed in my opinion.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582451583/qid=1138639310 /sr=1-18/ref=sr_1_18/002-8367691 -1004057?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
The Dachshund: A Dog for Town and Country by Ann Gordon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0793827590/qid=1138639310 /sr=1-12/ref=sr_1_12/002-8367691 -1004057?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
A New Owner's Guide to Dachshunds by Kaye Ladd
Referral to Books about Dachshunds through Dachshund Club of America

In the AKC or American Kennel Club we can participate in a variety of events.
Field Trials
Conformation (dog shows)

For Information on Dachshund/Field Performance Events:
Local Dachshund Clubs
Dachshund Club of America
Dachshund Club of America Rescue

Want to learn more about the Dachshund and maybe get into showing dogs?

Dachshund Club of America Regional Clubs:

Smooth Dachshund temperment is different from long and wire- and each bloodlines seems to be different.... so I'd ask more of your potential breeder and perhaps you can meet more related dogs. In Std Smooth Dachshunds- turns out the bipedess wanted a male and not a female for her desired traits.

I finished completely owner handled and she learned as she went. She had the support of my breeder and great mentors.

Recommend you join a couple show dog lists.

Led by author of an excellent book Show Me! by D. Caroline Coile Ph.D.



Great books
The Winning Edge: Show Ring Secrets (Howell Reference Books)
by George Alston

Show Me! by D. Caroline Coile Ph.D.

Raising a Champion: A Beginner's Guide to Showing Dogs
by A. Meredith John; Carole L. Richards

Familiarize yourself with the Dachshund standard. You might want to buy some of the publications available from the Dachshund Club of America.
http://www .dachshund-dca.org/breedstandard.html
http://www.dachshund-dca.org/ Media/dachshund_interpretation.swf

Dachshund Info

Local Clubs

If there are any AKC clubs around you (all breed or Dachshund) I'd check them out. Many all breed clubs have handling classes which is excellent practice for going in the ring.

Recommend you look at the AKC video for the Dachshund too.
http://www.akcstore.org/akcstore/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemClass Id=158&parent=yes&productID=54727

Dachshund Club of America
Respons ible Breeders
* A responsible breeder will provide a pedigree, health records and feeding instructions. There will also be a sales contract which obligates you to return the dog to the breeder if you cannot continue to care for it at any time during its life, rather than abandoning the dog or placing it in a shelter.
* A responsible breeder will spend time with you answering your questions, especially regarding care and feeding, pedigree, and health issues.
* A responsible breeder will spend time interviewing you to determine how the puppy will be kept (e.g. fenced yard, sleeping arrangements, etc.) The presence of other animals, the presence of children, and other circumstances involving the well-being of the puppy. A responsible breeder is more concerned about the welfare of the puppy than about selling you a puppy, and this concern will be readily apparent in discussions with you.
*A responsible breeder will probably insist that you neuter your pet puppy.
*A responsible breeder will welcome a visit to the kennel or home before committing to the purchase and will enthusiastically show you all of the dogs and puppies so that you can see the type of dogs he/she breeds.
*A responsible breeder will not ask you for a deposit before you have seen the puppy.
*A responsible breeder will not hesitate to recommend another breed to you if it is felt that the dachshund is not the right breed for you.
*A responsible breeder will not hesitate to recommend you to another responsible breeder if he/she does not have the right puppy for you.

Further information:
What do I look for in a breeder?

How to find a responsible breeder?
http://www.c anismajor.com/dog/responbr.html

http://members.tripod.com/antique _fcr/goodbreeder.html

http://www.geocities.com /Petsburgh/Fair/1901/chart.html


Checklist for the responsible breeder

Breeder Ethics

Why you should never buy a dog from a pet store.
http://www.dogplay.com/GettingD og/petshop1.html
http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/pup3/puppymills.htm l

Puppy Lemon Laws

Ok a serious issue. If you are considering breeding your Dachshund- You might want to look at some of this first.

http://members.tripod.com/~Marge_S_2/nonframes/Cos ts.htm
ht tp://www.thepetprofessor.com/articles/article.aspx?id=218
http://ww w.thepetcenter.com/gen/dbb.html
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/ Flats/7244/costs.html

Here are some to show just were your dogs end up when you breed "to make money"
http://www.animaladvocates. com/

General Breeding Resources (more links)
http://www.raot.org/information/breeding resources.htm

Is your dog breeding quality?
http: //www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/pdfs/allpets/breedingyourpet.pdf
h ttp://www.nbran.org/info/EducationinBreeding.htm
http://dogs.about. com/cs/generalcare/p/no_breeding.htm
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/ reason10.html
http://www. cyberpet.com/cyberdog/articles/general/breeding.htm
http://www.netp ets.com/dogs/healthspa/tobreed.html
http://members.petfinder.org/~I L177/Reasons Why Not To Breed Your Dog.htm
http://ww w.doggiesite.com/articles/spayneuter.html
http://www.dogbreedinfo.c om/breeding.htm
http: //www.dogplay.com/GettingDog/mixed.html#spaying
http://www.terrier. com/advice/spay.php3
http://www.boxe rworld.com/rescue/top6/
http://members.aol.com/viladabxrs/breed.htm l
http://www.dogsites.com.au/internet_library/before_you_breed_your _dog.html
http://www.geocities. com/Petsburgh/Farm/5324/Responsible.html
http://www.k9web.com/dog-f aqs/breeding.html
http://members.tripod.com/~Marge_S_2/nonframes/Br eeding_Your_Dog.htm
http: //www.jabed.com/byd.htmInterested in Breeding Your Dog?
http://www.k9web.com/do g-faqs/breeding.html
htt p://www.learntobreed.com/

Dogster forum threads about breeding
http://www.dogste r.com/forums/index.php?t=60711
http://www.dogster.com/forums/thread .php?t=333350
ht tp://www.dogster.com/forums/thread.php?t=336752
http://www.dogster. com/forums/thread.php?t=334144
http://www.dogster.com/forums/thread .php?p=2&c=22&t=335532#
http://www.dogster.com/forums/thread.php?t= 319517

Specific remarks about Dachshunds

I do not support puppy mills or backyard breeders or breedings that are done for profit or fad. Breeding is risky business and should be left to those who are experienced. Breeders do a lot of research in pedigree health and temperment before breeding along with a whole bunch of health tests with vets. They breed to improve the breed whether those dogs end up in show homes (who love them) or pet homes who love them and do not make a profit. Even with the experienced it can be risky for the pups and the dam.

Dachshunds have enough potentially genetic health issues. I'm sure we all know some who have issues with their back, patella, blindness, allergies or another problem.


Dachshund Club of America Regional Clubs:

If you want to get involved in the dog fancy I suggest you try and meet ethical breeders through your closest Dachshund club. Perhaps you'll find someone to mentor you. Most breeders I know personally are not members of internet groups but they also do not advertise in newspapers or on the internet. Most of my personal breeder friends do not have web pages either. I have met them through attending club functions and dog shows, field trials and earthdog events. The bipedess is “in Dachshunds” only 4.5 years now. She has great mentors and maybe someday perhaps she will breed a litter. Until then she is learning, we are active in regional and national events in our breed in addition to all breed shows, field trials and now agility with some obedience.

Many links in Dogster Health forum if you would do a search to warnings, tests that need to be done and expense of breeding. Of course you'll find out that same type of information from a mentor and local club specific to our breed.

Phew! snoopy

Edited by author Fri Mar 9, '07 3:34pm PST


Puppy Prodigy

Barked: Fri Mar 9, '07 1:50pm PST 

Standing ovation!!!

You definitely deserve a cookie after all that! Or maybe a donut-shaped dachshund nap wink!

I always wondered if other dachshunds did that too. Mom thinks its so funny that I sleep nose-to-tail, or sprawled out on my back.

Barked: Fri Mar 9, '07 2:30pm PST 
Thank you Mr. Rocks. applauseapplause

We are not a breed for the fainthearted. It hurts mom to see Dachshunds turned into shelters & rescues labeled as "difficult". Thoroughly research any breed before you decide if it is for you. Puppy cute only lasts so long...you need to be informed...it only insures a perfect match. That way there should be no surprises!!

Well, minimal surprizes...we dachshunds do like to keep it exciting!laugh out loud

Good Luck next week Francis....wish we lived close enough to attend & cheer for you!

Edited by author Fri Mar 9, '07 2:33pm PST



Bubba Bigg- Sooner
Barked: Wed Mar 28, '07 2:27pm PST 
great information! i'm glad that you said something about the donut. mom just thought that i was weird.