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Hi I am looking for a reputable breeder of Datschund puppies, have no clue about how to go about buying at all or what to be aware of..

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grapeandlemon Thu 23-Sep-10 14:44:10

We are looking to get an addition for our family and have decided on this breed of Dog. I would be so grateful for your thoughts as I was never allowed a dog as a child nor my DH but we are very keen to know how we go about it all. We have one DD aged nearly 4. Many thanks

booyhoo Thu 23-Sep-10 15:22:32

have you tried a datschund rescue?

grapeandlemon Thu 23-Sep-10 16:27:48

No, I didn't know there was such a thing

sharbie Thu 23-Sep-10 16:28:48

google? or buy a dog magazine they sometimes list breeders.

pinkanimal Thu 23-Sep-10 16:30:45

www.breedersonline.co.uk they are lovely, my Aunt has 3 and has always had at least 2 throughout my life.

Find a UK forum and ask on theresmile.

Also find out who the breed secretary is for your area (just google) and phone them.

booyhoo Thu 23-Sep-10 16:40:59

dachsund rescue

preloved

breed rescue

midori1999 Thu 23-Sep-10 17:03:50

Find the breed club secretary in your area and ring for advice and reccomendations:

myweb.tiscali.co.uk/sunsong/clublist.htm

wildfig Thu 23-Sep-10 17:18:14

second the breed club secretary recommendations. They usually have a list of breeders with puppies available, and will have a good idea of how often they're producing litters. Too many, too often will ring alarm bells, and that's something you can't tell from an internet advert.

They'll also explain all the good/bad points of the breed - Dachshunds come in Mini and Standard size, and Wire, LongHaired and Smooth varieties - and should also know about any adult dogs in need of a new home. Don't rule out a housetrained but homeless Dachsie!

grapeandlemon Thu 23-Sep-10 17:24:16

Thank you all so much - really helpful!

lurcherlover Fri 24-Sep-10 20:23:26

Can I ask why you have decided on a dachshund? They're not ideal for houses with small children IMO - while they have lovely characters, their size makes them very tempting for children to want to pick up, which can damage them easily. They are also very prone to back problems due to being bred to have unnaturally long backs and short legs.

grapeandlemon Fri 24-Sep-10 20:32:33

DD is a really exceptionally gentle child, which is why we feel a dog would be good for our family. I heard they were a good family pet with young children. But I suppose you hear all things about all breeds...

EccentricaGallumbits Fri 24-Sep-10 20:35:39

Highly recommend a dachshund. You can train a small child to not pick them up. They are utterly delicious.

The rescue ones tend to be older ones who have outlived their owners.

definately contact the local breed club people.

I want a brown one next, and a blond one, and a wire one.

EccentricaGallumbits Fri 24-Sep-10 20:36:17

also housetraining??? dachshunds????? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

lurcherlover Fri 24-Sep-10 20:41:27

A dog would be a lovely thing for your family, I'm sure - and they do have nice natures, but with their health issues I wouldn't have one myself. Your DD may be very gentle, but what about her friends? Personally I would go for a dog which will end up too big for them to be tempted to ever pick up. Don't think that larger = more dangerous - apart from the obvious guarding breeds such as GSDs, dobermanns, rotties etc, in general, the larger the dog, the more docile - terriers are hyper for example, and chihuahuas aren't good with children. If you want a pedigree, have you considered something like a golden retriever? A bit less mental than a labrador and lovely with children. Or please do consider a rescue - there are many puppies in rescues if you want a young dog, but I would consider an adult. Many end up in rescue through no fault of their own - an elderly owner has died, someone has lost their job and can't afford the dog etc - and if you haven't owned a dog before, they can actually be easier. Housetraining a pup takes a lot of time and patience - often months - and training is a big commitment in order to ensure your dog grows up to be well-mannered and socialised and won't be a nuisance to people or other dogs. I've had pedigree puppies from breeders and adults from rescue, and given the choice now I would always opt for the adult. Chances are they will be housetrained from day one, probably have some basic training (eg sit, walking on a lead) already, and are often a lot more low-maintenance than a pup. A decent rescue (Dogs Trust are good for novice owners as they are quite fussy about which dogs they accept for rehoming, so will generally have plenty which will be suitable for novices with young children) will screen dogs very carefully and should match you pretty easily with one that would suit your circumstances and be good with children.

lurcherlover Fri 24-Sep-10 20:42:50

Oh yes, and I agree with eccentrica - dachsies are notoriously hard to housetrain! I know a two-year-old one which is still peeing all over the house! He's adorable but it wouldn't do for me I'm afraid...

Odelay Fri 24-Sep-10 20:44:25

housetraining? dachshunds? ha ha ha haaa haaaa haaa haa

Odelay Fri 24-Sep-10 20:47:22

in fact any training? dachshunds? ha ha haaa ha ha ha haaaa

but they are the snuggliest, cuddliest balls of love

MmeLindt Fri 24-Sep-10 20:49:06

I find dachshunds very yappy, which is why we discounted them.

maudacious2 Fri 24-Sep-10 21:50:30

Interesting thread- we are considering getting a dog and I love dachshunds but my husband thinks they are a 'toy' too small etc, despite fact that he works a lot and I will be the 'primary carer'!
My grandad had a dachshund as a companion after my grandmother died(a year before I was born). As a child I ADORED his dog- housetrained, black and tan long haired d'hund. No problems at all. I also met a short haired dachshund puppy recently at a hotel in Devon- again, gorgeous little thing and I imagine pretty well trained as he belonged to the owner and was allowed free rein of the whole place. If anyone knows of a reputable breeder I'd be interested. We have a 5 month old DD and an almost 3 yr old DS. Will post separately as would really like some advice.

EccentricaGallumbits Fri 24-Sep-10 21:59:16

they don't yap. they do a very butch sort of arf. mine thinks he's a great dane (in a very short legged body).

mrswoodentop Fri 24-Sep-10 23:27:48

The only ones I have known have been very snappy I am afraid to say.The only dog I have ever been bitten by was. Dachshund.Also know one stillmnot trained at 2 years.
Have you considered a bichon frise, meant to be very gentle and look very sweet

MmeLindt Sat 25-Sep-10 07:49:51

We went to a show one time where breeders were showing off their pups. The only ones who constantly -yapped- arfed were the dachshunds.

Yes, look at Bichon Frise or Maltese (pic of mine on my profile). They are such sweet natured dogs, incredibly loyal. She does bark when someone approaches the house or goes past the garden but she is quite well trainable.

Daphne is a Maltese/Cavalier King Charles mix. Doesn't shed, doesn't need loads of walks, doesn't like the rain. She loves company, loves to follow me from room to room so I don't like to leave her alone too long.

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sat 25-Sep-10 08:09:57

As a first time dog owner a year ago we got a 4 month pup. All I can day is never again! If we get another dog I would take time getting an adult rescue. We didn't as I was worried about the dog having to get on with cats and children but I now know if you take your time there are rescues out there who will have the right dog and at the moment there seem to be a lot of great family pets being given up as financial pressure mean people are working longer hours and can't afford to keep them.

Our dog is fab and has a really lovely temperament, didn't flinch when DS unexpectedly let a party popper off behind her etc but training her was much harder than raising the DC's . I realised how far we've come the other day when friend with a 5 mnth puppy came up to me looking absolutely frazzled as her pup is waking up at 4am (we had 8 weeks of disturbed sleep after our dog was spayed, it was like having a new born again) and another friend was saying what a nightmare she is having with her 6 month puppy. A friend and I both got ours at the same time and have both sworn never again. Think very carefully, puppies are incredibly sweet but such hard work to get to that bomb proof, take anywhere dog that makes a great family pet. Also it is really hard to tell a puppy's character, with an older dog you get a better idea of what you are getting. Good luck with whatever you decide.

grapeandlemon Sat 25-Sep-10 08:29:58

This thread has been so helpful thank you for all your responses. We are now considering a larger less happy dog. Dh suggested a golden retriever and I am warming to the idea, but wouldn't want it to overpower shy dd

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