Buying Dachshund Puppies from a caring breeder!
There are unfortunately many people trying to make a quick buck from buying and selling dogs in particular those people more commonly referred to as puppy farmers. In this section I'll try and give you some ways to identify these and other bad eggs.
1. Breeding safely!
We have produced a section on breeding dachshunds HERE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BUY from anyone who does not follow the guidelines set down in that section. Use the section information to enable you to ask the right questions.
2. KC Registration
Many people believe KC registration is a guarantee of getting a good well looked after dog - regrettably it isn't always! The KC have worked hard and continue to work with genuine breeders to prevent unscrupulous people from abusing the system but this is proving to be a very long and difficult task to secure and effectively police. Regrettably the longer it takes the more dogs will be maltreated so please don't under any circumstances buy from these people or it will just continue. Stop buying from them and this will STOP - choice is yours. NO KC registration? play safe and don't buy unless there is a very valid reason for no registration.
How do people abuse the KC registration system?
How can you Check?
BBC News on Puppy farmers click the link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7800901.stm
The price for mini Long haired dachshund puppies varies widely across the internet up to £1500 (puppy farmers sometimes over charge to give the pup credibility!) for a pup I saw the other day.
So what is the correct price?
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4. PRA - (Progressive retinal atrophy)
Many people are unfortunately ignorant of PRA and as a result many mini smooth and long haired dachshunds are born with an easily avoidable genetic condition.
DON'T you be the owner of a Dachshund that goes blind four years after you have bought him/her! DO NOT EVER buy a puppy from a litter that doesn't have at least one parent PRA CLEAR! As you can see in the chart below a clear parent will ensure NO puppies are affected.
How does this happen?
How can you Check?
ONLY buy a CARRIER or a CLEAR. If the breeder can't say that the puppy will 100% be a CARRIER or a CLEAR - don't BUY! - DO NOT become obsessed with only buying a CLEAR they are extremely hard to find - a CARRIER is 100% perfectly fine and provided they are mated with a CLEAR you won't ever have any problems.
The Kennel Club provides updated lists of all Dogs PRA tested and their results - Ask for the Kennel name of a parents and you can make sure everything is in order by checking the links below and then checking the results of both parents with the chart above.
Some Dachshunds are prone to back disorder. Recent research suggests back issues are genetic and many owners have reported having back issues with every dog they buy from certain breeders. Ask the question have any of your dogs every had back problems?
The problem occurs when the inner jelly protrudes or herniates through the fibrous layer into the vertebral canal and presses on the spinal cord. This compression may be slight or severe and this will depend on the amount of protrusion into the canal.
Type 1 intervertebral disk disease usually occurs in dogs with short thick legs such as dachshunds. Although short legs are normal for this breeds it is basically the result of abnormal development of cartilage. The disks in these dogs become more like cartilage than fibrous tissue, this increases the risk of rupture into the vertebral canal. This can occur in these dogs at a fairly young age 3-6 years and sometimes younger and can occur at several sites in the back, causing considerable pain.
Type 11 intervertebral disk disease often only partial protrusion not complete rupture and mostly seen in dogs that do not have the short thick legs and are larger breeds. Usually appears in older dogs 6-10 years and develops more slowly and is less severe than Type 1.
Type 111 intervertebral disk disease this is a fairly rare, type of disc rupture and is most damaging and traumatic. The disc material herniates severally and may actually enter the spinal cord, so causing severe damage. This may result in some areas of the cord dying. The damage may be so severe that the only humane option is euthanasia.
Signs of canine back problems or disk disease - Type 1 usually starts quite quickly and is usually severe depending on the amount of pressure on the spinal cord, there may be pain in the region of the neck, weakness or paralysis in some or all the limbs. Pain is the main sign of this disease and may be steady or occasional, sudden movement causes excruciating pain. Type 11 intervertebral disk disease - usually develops much more slowly over several months, with pain, weakness or paralysis in some or all of the limbs.
Medical treatment of this disease consists of anti inflammatory medication and strict rest (in a cage) toileting your dog on a lead. Surgery is a possibility in serious cases to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord, recovery after surgery ranges from fair to good depending on certain factors. Other options are hydrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, herbal homeopathic treatments, and to assist if paralysed a dog wheelchair. It is critical to seek veterinarian help immediately, if you think your dog has a back problem, your vet will discuss with you the treatment options available in your dogs particular case.
Tri Colored Puppies - BEWARE - White markings - BEWARE. Breeding dapple to dapple can produce Double Dapples and they can have very serious genetic issues that can cause puppies to be born without eyes, deafness and other body abnormalities. Double Dapples are not accepted by the Kennel Club UK or USA Clubs. Quite a few Breeders in the U.S.A do breed DOUBLE DAPPLES. Currently in the UK this doesn't happen with responsible KC breeders. The reason breeders risk trying to breed a Double Dapple is that they will eventually get a normal perfectly healthy dog and that dog will look truly stunning (see picture below) with additional white patches over the normal single dapple. Double dapples can be bred by mating two dapples - the pups from that mating will be normal colours, single dapple and double dapple. If two double dapples are bred together then all the pups will be double dapples. From time to time red and cream dapples loose their dapple over time and are mistakenly then taken for shaded reds, creams and thus bred with single dapples, so it is important to try not (unless you fully understand the risks and implications) to breed single dapples with reds or creams just in case these dogs have lost their dapple colouring.
The big PLUS? of a double dapple is it will always produce all dapple litters NO MATTER WHAT COLOUR THE OTHER DOG IS so essentially this issue is more about disreputable breeders being greedy given dapples normally fetch more money than base colours and those who are prepared to maim a few dogs for the sake of pretty colours. We do not breed double dapples not would we encourage anyone else to do so.
Many puppy farms are based in Wales so lots of puppies for sale from a welsh address often indicates a puppy farm. Some time ago there were changes in various local laws that made puppy farming in Wales favourable, it is still an area where puppy farming largely goes unchecked. Triple check everything is in order before buying from a breeder in Wales. Other remote areas should also be view with suspicion.