Small Hobby Show Breeder
Responsibly Breeding & Showing Purebred Miniature Dachshunds
Hobby breeders like to show their dogs and breed to the AKC dachshund standard to "better the breed." Hobby Show Breeders are always actively involved in showing at AKC conformation events. Are members of the NMDC, DCA or a member of a local kennel club. They breed for themselves, fully understanding the health issues within the breed and select their dogs based on correct conformation and temperaments. They spend a great deal of effort researching pedigrees and stud dogs to select the breeding most likely to yield the best possible puppies. The puppies are whelped and raised in their homes and are socialized beginning at a very early age to optimize their temperaments for life in the real world.
Our goal is to breed the best Dachshund, because we plan to keep one of the puppies for ourselves as a show competitor. The facts of life, however, is that not all of the litter will be show quality. In fact, seldom is even half of a litter show quality. Many breeders consider a litter with one or two potential champions as a successful breeding. The remainder of the litter are placed in pet or performance homes.
If you are fortunate, you may get one of these puppies.
Dachshunds are like potato chips, you can't just have one!
Nothing will turn a man's home into a castle more quickly & effectively than a Dachshund.
Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901)
You ADOPT a child. You BUY a dog, and no matter what label you want to use, if money changes hands then it is a PURCHASE.
We DO NOT have a 'pet overpopulation problem' in the United States. We have a few local areas with issues, and several poorly managed facilities that seem to continually have problems, but at a national level, our birth rate is so close to the number of available homes that we actually have a puppy SHORTAGE in many areas of the country. Enough so, that shelters are busy importing dogs from third world countries, into the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS SO FAR, to keep themselves open and the lights on, instead of simply scaling back or phasing themselves out as the need for shelters has decreased. They are also importing diseases. The recent devastating and fatal flu epidemic has been traced to dogs imported from Asia by rescues and shelters. And yet, the few breeders who are still producing puppies are constantly under attack for being 'part of this terrible problem,' while they continue to exhort you to 'go to a shelter' which in many cases is continuing the demand and causing these shelters to shuffle dogs back and forth to one another or import more dogs, risking the import of exotic diseases right along with them. How is it somehow noble to import dogs from another country to refill depopulated shelters, and then blame the overflow of unwanted dogs off on people who produce litters that are wanted, carefully health screened, and meticulously socialized?
From a recent report:
Here are some facts about the dog population in the US, courtesy of Dr. Gary Patronek, acting director Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the first scientist to study population issues in dogs and cats:
1. There are virtually no significant populations of feral (unowned) dogs.
2. 70-80% of all female dogs are spayed.
3. Only 12% of female dogs will have a litter in their lifetime.
4. 67% of all litters are planned.
5. Number of puppies born each year is close to reaching equilibrium with the demand for pets.
6. Some areas are already experiencing a shortage of puppies.
In many cases, shelters that are overcrowded are often the result of mismanagement rather than a so-called "overpopulation" of dogs. If you look at euthanasia statistics in states where shelters are required to report intake and disposition, you will find that the numbers of dogs being euthanized is steadily dropping. In some states, shelters are actually importing stray dogs from third world countries to such an extent that the Centers for Disease Control has intervened, expressing concern about rabies and other zoonotic diseases coming in with these dogs. At least two rabid dogs have been adopted out of shelters in the past five years."
Now, we have far fewer strays, fewer unwanted litters, and fewer dogs coming into shelters. Hurrah! Except... well, the shelter directors are not interested in hunting for a new job, or scaling back their workforces to the new reality. No, they have embarked on a program of actually *competing* with breeders for new dog homes, turning us into the 'bad guys' while they trade dogs back and forth and import from other countries to keep marketable dogs there to keep money coming in, using the heart melting photos of the unwanted to drive the guilt wagon and get people to pony up through the "Awww!" factor. I do not mind competing with shelters if they would just be honest about what they do: 'Adopt don’t shop' is semantics. And yet, while shelters have become continually more proactive to bring in needed revenue, they have continued to harass breeders and insist we are 'all about money' while THEY of course are only lofty and noble high minded types just trying to recoup their costs... Tell me how many breeders you know who make any damn money at it. By the time you deduct fencing, feed, housing, vetting, testing, trials and shows, and etc etc, they are all losing money, but all the shelters focus on is the purchase price of a purebred puppy, not what that money is subsidizing (health tests and performance trials to make certain breeding prospects are suitable, etc.)