|The Dachshund was bred as a hunting dog and is known to have existed before
the 16th century. In Europe during both World Wars, it was recognized as the
national dog of the Teutonic Empire and, because of its German ancestry, was
mistreated and even stoned in the streets. Today, the Dachshund enjoys great
popularity and is known for its loyalty as a family pet.
The name Dachshund (dachs, badger; hund, dog) at once reveals and conceals the
origin of the breed. In medieval European books on hunting, dogs similar only in
possessing the tracking ability of hounds and the proportions and temperament of
terriers, because they were used to follow badger to earth, were called
badger-dogs or dachs-hund. A parallel is suggested by the current use of the
name rabbit dog in various parts of this country for dogs of various breeding, used
to hunt rabbits.
Illustrations dating from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries show
badgers hunted by dogs with elongated bodies, short legs, and hound-type ears
some with the bent front leg of a basset, some with the head of terriers, and some
with indications of smooth and long coats. It is well to consider that these
illustrations were made before the days of photography that artist capable of
depicting dogs with anatomical fidelity have always been rare, and that woodcuts
do not lend themselves to fine reproductions of coat distentions. At best, the
pictures and descriptive words can be interpreted with certainty only as defining
the functions of the dogs used on badger.
The preponderance of available evidence indicates that smooth and long haired
coats were separated by selective breeding, long prior to recorded registrations;
whereas within such recorded history, the wire haired coats was produced for
protection against briar and thorn by crossing in harsh, wiry terriers coats and
then breeding out incompatible characteristics of conformation. Early in the
seventeenth century the name Dachshund became the designation of a breed
type with smooth and longhaired-coated varieties, and since 1890 wirehairs have
been registered as the third variety.
The badger was a formidable twenty-five to forty-five-pounds adversary. Strength
and stamina as well as keenness and courage above and below ground were
required of badger dogs. Weight of thirty to thirty-five pounds was not uncommon.
Such Dachshunds in packs also were serviceable against wild boar. With this start
the breed was adapted to hunt other game. A smaller sixteen to twenty-two pound
Dachshund proved effective against foxes and trail-wounded deer. Still smaller
twelve pound Dachshunds were used for stoat and hare. In the first
quarter of the twentieth century, for bolting
cottontail rabbits, miniatures with adult weights
under five pounds and chest girths under twelve
inches, but with plenty of hunting spirit, were
produced (rabbit teckels).
Before the German Dachshund or Deutscher Teckelklub was founded in 1888,
racial characteristics, or a standard for the breed had been set in 1879; and
German registration of Dachshunds was included (not always with complete
generation data or systematic coat notations) in a general all-breed stud book, the
Deutscher Hunde-Stammbuch, whose first volume, in 1840, recorded fifty-four
Dachshunds and the names of several subsequently prominent breeders, and
whose publication continued until officially terminated in 1935.
Importation of Dachshunds into this country antedates the earliest American dog
shows or studbooks, and eleven were included in AKC Stud Book, Volume 11 in
1885. American dogs have found little employment in organized hunting, as we
lack in the badger and wild boar and do not hunt deer with dogs, nor foxes with
pick and shovel. The true character and conformation of the breed have been
encouraged by frequent importation of German hunting strains; and to encourage
hunting capacity and exemplary conformation and temperament, field trials under
AKC rules were instituted in 1935.
OUR "MICRO" DACHSHUNDS
****Many people are questioning the existence of a "Micro" Dachshund (because
everyone wants one and 'they' don't have one!. Just because there is not a
category recognized in America doesn't mean they don't exist. In Germany there
are 3 sizes of Dachshunds. Standards, Miniatures and Rabbit Teckels.
(Dachshunds are of German Heritage after all!) They ARE NOT bred with any other
breed to create a smaller size! They are all 100% pure bred DACHSHUNDS!
**** Micro is a phrase we coined as we developed our variety of small
Dachshunds. We are on the small side of miniature. We do not use the term 'toy'
or T-Cup... (although www.Puppyfind.com has a category of 'Toy Dachshunds')
Dachshunds belong to the Hound Group and anyone that has ever owned one
knows that there is nothing "TOY" about them! The smaller ones are just as
rambunctious as their larger Miniatures and Standard sizes. Just as healthy and
Certainly just as fearless!
We are breeding small Dachshunds specifically for "PETS". Our dogs have a
skeletal structure, hardiness, temperament and other characteristics more useful
in your home than a show ring. Dogs bred for show have completely different
characteristics. Show Dachshunds are long (in my opinion too long) and have
short legs (in my opinion too short). I found a long time ago that a show ring is an
exercise in extremes. Many breeding practices are coming under scrutiny as
some dog breeds are "over bred" to the point they cannot reproduce naturally!
I am blessed to have my husband's lifelong experience in agriculture at my
fingertips. He has lived on a farm all his life, a BS in Agriculture Education
from North Carolina State University in 1980, 30 years teaching agriculture,
including Animal Science and owning horses, cats and dogs gives him a lifetime
of experience that he brings to the table. So couple that with my Love and
Knowledge of the Breed....and Our Dogs and Puppies have the very best we can
offer. WE LOVE OUR DOGS....and appreciate our Customers. We do our best to
provide you with a puppy that will live a long life relatively free of health
problems. While we cannot screen out all problems, we can select characteristics
based on fundamental breeding concepts that insure a 'hardy' dog that should live
well beyond 10-15 years in a family environment.
I think you will find our customers are very satisfied with our Dachshunds and
because of this there is an overwhelming demand for our dogs and 'micro'
Dachshunds in general. We are happy at anytime to offer customer references
from almost every state in the USA and a few in Canada. If you take the time to
research The Dachshund breed you will find our dogs to be great family dogs that
will give you years of fun and companionship. We have done our homework and
the little guys and gals all over the United States prove our breeding philosophy
produces healthy pure-bred Dachshunds that you will love just as we love our
"Little Furry Children"!
The big reason no one has the smaller "micro" variety Dachshunds is the
tremendous amount of time required and the skills needed- a lifetime of
experience. Staying up all night. Delivering each puppy by hand. Watching every
litter to make sure no puppy is pushed off the nipple- especially the smaller ones.
C-sections in the early morning hours. I have raised many a puppy with a syringe
to give them the best start in life! The tears when one of our precious puppies or
an older dog begins to falter and all you can do is give comfort and love as a
sweet little dog takes a final breath. It can be heart breaking at time.... It isn't
If it were easy everyone would have "Micro" Dachshunds, BUT the good things in
life are never easy! But We do believe that the Happiness and Joy that our
"Teenie Weenie" Dachshunds bring is Worth it!
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