Buying a puppy is often seen as a novelty without the in depth thought……especially when buying a gift for someone. A puppy or grown dog is a living thing and therefore should be treated and given the best welfare in life. With a Miniature Dachshund there are a few other things you should be checking before committing to buying or adopting one.
To buy a Miniature Dachshund can be expensive from £400 (generally) all the way up to £1000 depending on what they come with and their generations being champions or not. If you find a Miniature Dachshund going very cheap you should be asking more questions.
If you find a Miniature Dachshund you wish to adopt (i.e. from a rescue centre) you should find out as much information as you can about the dog/bitch. The main thing is it’s temperament and whether it will be good around children.
Ok when buying a puppy there are a few guidelines you should check from the breeder and questions you should be asking yourself as a potential new puppy owner :
Is the breeder / are the breeders registered Assured Breeder(s) with the Kennel Club ? Do they have a Kennel Name ?
What is being offered with the price of the puppy ? Does it look like the breeder(s) have done all they can for the puppy’s best upbringing ?
The following may be (and some should be) included :
Breeders full details should you need them in the future
The breeder is interested where the puppy will go and also interested in knowing how they are once they go. The puppy should NOT be allowed to leave the breeder until at least 8 weeks old.
When you visit the puppy does it look like it has been treated well and brought up in the best way possible ?
Ask yourself, can I/we afford a dog ? For example aside from the cost of buying a puppy there are the additional costs such as injections, food, insurance, license (in some areas), veterinary fees etc Dogs can be expensive so DO think things through before you do go ahead with owning a puppy.
A dog can last up to 15 years, do you have the commitment to care and home a dog for this amount of time ?
Ask yourself, will you find time to train, groom and care for the dog ?
Is your home and garden big enough to home a puppy/dog ? With a Miniature Dachshund you WILL need to ensure that all escape routes are blocked up (i.e. in your garden) as they will be able to dig and squeeze out of the smallest gaps.
Will your neighbours be understanding of your dog barking while you are out ?
Will there be someone at home the majority of time to keep the dog company ? This breed from my experience and others hate being left alone and will either bark or dig…LOTS…LOL !
If you can answer positively to all of the above then you just need find the right breeder….a good place to start is the Kennel Club service below :
Remember ! We all have the responsibility to stop puppy farming. It’s all very well getting a cheap puppy but are you doing the right thing by encouraging the puppy farmer to carry on breeding in mass without any care for the health and welfare of the puppies ? Think about it……don’t let this happen……if you are unfortunate to see it happening REPORT IT To the RSPCA, the police, or your Local Authority.
To report an animal that is being mistreated, neglected, injured or distressed you can use the RSPCA’s email enquiry service My RSPCA or you can call our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
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