Why Mini Dachshunds?
We are animal lovers, I have had many dogs, several different breeds as well as goats, chickens, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, etc. What we love about our dachshunds is they have great personalities. They seem to become very bonded with the family members. Our first male, Winston, was so in-tune with everyone's feelings he would refuse to eat and would lay in bed with whoever in the family was sick or sad.(sometimes all day)
Dachshunds are ready to be the perfect pet for 'their' person, if you want to play, they are ready to play. They can fetch a ball or play tag for hours, but if you want to be a couch potato, they can be ready to do that too.
They are the perfect size for an apartment. But have enough energy to run around a full sized ranch! They can sometimes be stubborn with housebreaking, and some are very vocal, but with some consistency they will learn what it is you expect from them. They are ready to be part of a family.
We started out with just a CKC male that we fell in love with and couldn't stop there! We became "addicted" to these short legged, long bodied buddies! We started a small, family run, hobby of breeding, raising and sharing with others our mini-dachshunds.
We now have all AKC registered doxies and have obtained our Texas state breeders license(in 2021) which means we periodically are inspected by the state and follow strict guidelines. We also get inspected by AKC.
We just recently added a corgi pup (3/2023). And another in 04/2023. They are another fun breed (another short legged breed) we will likely start breeding them and maybe have pups to offer late in 2024. These are CKC registered American Corgis
Some of what we do
Our goal is to breed/raise the best well rounded dachshunds, able to adjust well into a family as a pet, or be able to perform as a show, sporting and/or service animal. Over the years there has been a ton of research; some done by myself, some done by colleagues; in order to better achieve this. We start with ENS (early neurological stimulation), we've always done this in some form, but didn't know it had a name and now do it more consistently and in a manner that is done by breeders who raise future working dogs. It is said to give the puppies a better start and have improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate); stronger heart beats; stronger adrenal glands; more tolerance to stress; and greater resistance to disease. You can read about it HERE
I have been newly introduced to ESI (early scent introduction). It is something that we are now doing to introduce puppies to scents in a controlled environment, improve scenting abilities later on, enhance confidence, reduce behavioral issues. According to Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog, "they examine and understand the world through their noses like we see and make sense of the world with our eyes. The area in the brain that processes the data picked up by the nose is 40 times larger in dogs than humans. A dog’s ability to smell is a function of their intellect." I am still in the "testing" phase of this, but hope in the near future to have a lot of smells that I will introduce these little pups while they are with me.