Can You Help Me Find A Reputable Breeder?

 

I’d like to buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. Can you help me?

 

So you’ve decided to add a dachshund puppy to your household. Wonderful, it’s a great idea. We all love puppies. However, the selection of that puppy needs to be pursued very carefully. There are few dachshund breeders who are reputable. There are many dachshund breeders who are breeding merely for money. When money is the only concern there are several things that get overlooked. Genetic concerns, health concerns, general health and well being of the animals is something not usually taken into consideration by someone whose only interest in raising dogs is money.

A reputable breeder has the welfare of the entire breed in general and their own dogs in particular (as their goal). You may have to wait in order to obtain a dachshund from a reputable breeder, but the wait will definitely be worth it. Along with purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder who truly cares about the breed and their dog, you will have received a lifetime support system that will be there whenever you need assistance. The person who cares only about the money part of raising dogs is really not going to want to waste time with your questions once they have your money. Once they have sold you a dog, they expect to be done with you. We have numerous puppy mills in the Dallas area. However we have been threatened against calling any of them puppy mills so we will not use that term. We will instead refer to them as mass producers.

A mass producer is someone whose dogs are not members of their family but are simply there for raising quantities of dachshunds to supply the public. Many times a mass producer will have a shopping list of dogs available for you to purchase. Again their concern is not for the breed as a whole or the dogs as an individual but how much money they can make. The more dogs they have for you to purchase the more money they make. This is not the primary concern of the reputable breeder.

Reputable breeders will only breed the best dogs; therefore you may have to wait before being able to obtain a puppy.Many of our members have had heartbreaking situations in breeding dogs where they have to discontinue lines for health reasons or for temperament reasons. Although they were dedicated to these particular lines and had many years of involvement in this particular line they felt it was to the best interest of the breed as a whole and their dogs in particular to no longer produce dogs from that line. This would not be a concern to the mass producer. In many cases they would not know if there was a problem because they do not keep the animals that they breed. In other cases they simply would not care because money is their all-abiding interest.

Yes we know you don’t want a show dog, you only want a family pet. It would be nearly impossible for you to obtain a show dog anyway. Show puppies are very carefully kept by the breeder for the most part, and are generally not available for purchase by the public. But, in every litter of puppies there are some puppies that are not destined for the show ring. And these are the puppies that the reputable breeder wants a good home for; a home where the dog can be a family member and where the breeder does not have to worry about the health, welfare or the future of that dog. Reputable breeders sell pet puppies with a spay/neuter contract.

If the breeder feels that the dog is of sufficient quality to be in a breeding program, that breeder would have retained the dog and it would not have been available for purchase as a pet. The mass producer doesn’t care what happens to the dog once it leaves his or her possession because again, the mass producer has received the money and that’s the end of their concern. Additionally, the mass producer doesn’t want to make anything difficult or do anything that would hinder a sale. The spay/neuter contract could potentially negate a sale and additionally requires more paperwork. So this is something that most mass producers do not do. (And just to be certain you FULLY understand: A spay/neuter CONTRACT is NOT merely a statment that you “should” sterilize your pet, it is a REQUIREMENT stated by a legal document that is a binding part of your agreement to purchase the pet.)

As a general rule you won’t find a reputable breeder by going to the classified ads in the local newspaper. Most reputable breeders obtain their clientele by word of mouth. Additionally, most reputable breeders have a waiting list for puppies long before the female has ever been bred. Mass producers on the other hand produce such a large quantity of puppies that they rely on an ad in the classified section because they must have a continual large turnover of buying clients, buying public, people with money……in order to have a ready supply for their product.

Most reputable breeders do not allow their puppies to leave until at least 9 to 12 weeks of age. The mass producer, on the other hand, has everything to gain by selling the puppy at an early age, thus reducing the necessity of vaccinations and the purchase of food when the mother no longer cares for the puppy and he must start feeding the puppy. Additionally, very young puppies potty a lot and it is a time consuming job to clean up after them. So mass producers get rid of the puppies at a very early age to make their life easier. If you are offered a puppy at any age younger than 8 weeks, it is not in the best interest of the puppy and you should decline to purchase a dog that young. There are also many things that a mother dog teaches her puppies and these puppies also learn things from their litter mates. A puppy removed from it’s litter mates younger than 9 weeks of age may never learn “bite inhibition”. Once removed from the litter mates, the learning experience can NEVER be recreated.

Are you always going to be burned by buying a dog from a mass producer? No. You might get lucky. Some of them are very bad, some are not dreadful. However, every time you purchase a puppy from a mass producer you have consigned another female dachshund to living a life not as a member of a family but whose sole existence on the face of the earth is to crank out puppies for the public. And whenever you purchase a puppy from a mass producer you are guilty of consigning that female dachshund to that life. It is your responsibility, your decision as to whether or not you want to have a role in that.

Most reputable breeder’s dogs are members of their homes. They “may” have kennel runs that the dogs reside in part of the time but for the most part the dogs are members of their family. They generally do not reside in a barn behind the house, they do not live their life on raised wire pens never being held, never being talked to; only being fed once a day and twice a year having a litter of puppies.

When you go to look at a puppy, you should be allowed entrance into the home. Do not expect to purchase a puppy from the front yard, from the driveway or the parking lot of a store. You should be extremely suspect if any of these scenarios present themselves at the time you intend to purchase a puppy. Most reputable breeders may need a little notice to do a little surface cleaning. Many of us have full time jobs in addition to our dogs and our homes are not always spic and span nor are they advertisements for House Beautiful. However, it should be reasonably clean and the dogs should be happy to see you and expect attention.

However, when you go to visit, you should be ushered in to the home of the breeder. The breeder should be pleased to show you, in fact eager to show you, ALL of their dogs. They’re usually quite proud of their dogs. In many cases they will be able to show you other relatives of the puppy you might be purchasing or they might have pictures of the relatives of the puppy you might be interested in. If the breeder brings in a basket or a container of some sort of puppies from different litters, you should ask how the breeder is identifying the different puppies. Puppies tend to look alike. If you have 6 black and tan smooth female dachshunds that came out of 3 different mothers, you should ask how the breeder has identified the puppies so the breeder knows that that puppy did indeed come from that particular mother.

You need to be extremely leery of any story that does not allow you to see as a MINIMUM the mother of the puppies. It is possible that the father of the puppies may not be on the premises as the mother of the puppies may have been shipped to another state or the breeder may not own the father of the puppies. But in all probability the breeder will at least have a picture of the father of the puppies. In reality, you should have been allowed to see every single dog that the breeder has on the premises. The “building” behind the house or the kennel runs behind the house should NOT be off limits to your visit. You have the right to see all the dogs the breeder owns.

Before you leave with your new puppy you should receive several things from the breeder. One of the things the breeder will want to be sure you have is access… a way to reach the breeder should you have any problems. A reputable breeder will always be there to help you with that dog. They probably will provide you with a packet of information, a small amount of whatever food the puppy has been eating in order to avoid any stomach upset from switching to a new food. Additionally the breeder will have supplied you with either the AKC blue slip and/or a bill of sale. A bill of sale in order to be considered a legal document must state the date, the registered name of the sire and dam, their AKC registrations #’s, the date the puppy was whelped, the sex and color of the puppy and if possible the AKC litter registration # or the bill of sale should state ‘AKC litter registration applied for’. Additionally a reputable breeder will have stipulations in that contract which state that the dog may NOT be used for breeding, MUST be sterilized and that if you are, at any point in the dog’s life, unable to care for it that the dog MUST be returned to the breeder and may not be sold or given away to anyone else.

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