Buy a Dachshund
Buying A Dachshund
Once you have decided that you want a Dachshund, the next thing to do is to go about getting him. Perhaps you chose the Dachshund because a neighbor's dog had puppies and the children talked you into it. If the pups are for sale, your task is an easy one. But more likely you just decided that the Dachshund was the dog for you, and now you have to find the right one.
First, make up your mind what you want : male or female, adult or puppy, show dog or "just a pet".
There is no greater use for a dog than being "just" a beloved pet and companion, but the dog which has profitable show and breeding possibilities is worth more to the seller.
Pet or Show Dog?
The puppy with a slight flaw in the set of his ears or curve of his legs will make just as good a companion and guardian, but his more perfect litter mate will cost more.
That is why there is often a difference in price between puppies which look (to you, anyway) identical. If you think you may want to show your dog or raise a litter of puppies for the fun of it later on, by all means buy the best you can afford. You will save expense and disappointment later on.
However, if the puppy is strictly a pet for the children, or companion for you, you can afford to look for a bargain. The pup which is not show material; the older pup, for which there is often less demand; or the grown dog, not up to being used for breeding, are occasionally available and are opportunities to save money. Remember that these are the only real bargains in buying a dog. It takes good food and care-and plenty of both-to raise a healthy, vigorous puppy.
The price you pay for your dog is little compared to the love and devotion he will return over the many years he'll be with you. With good care and affection your pup should live to a ripe old age; through modern veterinary science and nutrition, dogs are better cared for and living longer. Their average life expectancy is now eight or nine years, and dogs in their teens are not uncommon.
Male or Female?
If you should intend breeding your dog in the future, by all means buy a female. You can find a suitable mate without difficulty when the time comes, and have the pleasure of raising a litter of pups-there is nothing cuter than a fat, playful puppy. If you don't want to raise puppies, your fem ale can be spayed, and will remain a healthy, lively pet. The female is smaller than the male and generally quieter. She has less tendency to roam in search of romance, but a properly trained male can be a charming pet, and has a certain difference in temperament that is appealing to many people. Male versus female is chiefly a matter of personal choice.
Adult or Pup?
Whether to buy a grown dog or a small puppy is another question. It is undeniably fun to watch your dog grow all the way from a baby, sprawling and playful, to a mature, dignified dog. If you don't have the time to spend on the more frequent meals, housebreaking, and other training a puppy needs in order to become a dog you can be proud of, then choose an older, partly trained pup or a grown dog. If you want a show dog, remember that no one, not even an expert, can predict with 100% accuracy what a small puppy will be when he grows up. He may be right most of the time, but six months is the earliest age for the would-be exhibitor to pick a prospect and know that his future is relatively safe.
If you have a small child it is best to get a puppy big enough to defend himself, one not less than four or five months old. Older children will enjoy playing with and helping to take care of a baby pup, but at less than four months a puppy wants to do little but eat and sleep, and he must be protected from teasing and overtiring. You cannot expect a very young child to understand that a puppy is a fragile living being; to the youngster he is a toy like his stuffed dog.
Where to Buy
You can choose among several places to buy your dog. One is a kennel which breeds show dogs as a business and has extra pups for sale as pets. Another is the one-dog owner who wants to sell the puppies from an occasional litter, paying for the expenses being his chief aim. Pet shops usually buy puppies from overstocked kennels or part-time hobbyists for re-sale, and you can generally buy a puppy there at a reasonable price. To find any of these, watch the pet column of your local newspaper or look in the classified section of your phone book. If you or your friends go driving out in the countryside, be on the lookout for a sign announcing pure-bred puppies for sale.
Whichever source you try, you can usually tell in a very short time whether the puppies will make healthy and happy pets. If they are clean, fat and lively, they are probably in good health. At the breeder's you will have the advantage of seeing the puppies' mother and perhaps the father and other relatives. Remember that the mother, having just raised a demanding family, won't be looking her best, but if she is sturdy, friendly and well-mannered, her puppies should be, too. If you feel that something is lacking in the care or condition of the dogs, it is better to look elsewhere than to buy hastily and regret it afterward.
You may be impatient to bring your dog home, but a few days will make little difference in its long and happy life with you, and it is better not to bring it into your home until it is prepare·d for the pup's arrival. A deposit will hold him for several days or a week. For instance, the Christmas puppy should be settled into his new home before the holidays or else wait until the excitement has died down. You may want to wait until the puppy's immunization shots have been completed, and if this is arranged in advance it is generally agreeable.
What To Look For In A Puppy
In choosing your puppy, assuming that it comes from healthy, well-bred parents, look for one that is friendly and out-going. The biggest pup in the litter is apt to be somewhat coarse as a grown dog, while the appealing "poor little runt" may turn out to be a timid shadow- or have a Napoleon complex! If you want a show dog and have no experience in choosing the prospect, be sure to study the standard, but be advised by the breeder on the finer points of conformation. His prices will be in accord with the puppies' expected worth, and he will be honest with you because it is to his own advantage. He wants his good puppies placed in the public eye to reflect glory on him-and to attract future buyers.
If you are interested in showing your dog, it is a good idea to attend a dog show or two in your locale before buying your future entry. Watch the judging and ask exhibitors for information- some of them will probably have young stock for sale.
The puppy should have a bright eye, without too much haw, or inner eyelid, showing in the corner. The head should be long, with dark eye, the body long, with well-sprung ribs. Short legs should be set well under the brisket, or chest, and the back should be neither sway nor roach (or arched).
The tail should be long and tapered. In the Smooth, richness of coloring is desirable; the Long-haired should have a flat-lying coat with plenty of feathering on the legs and tail, and the hair on the ears should extend well below the tips. The puppy's coat should give promise of fulfilling these requirements. The Wire-haired's coat should be rough and hard.
Although the puppy may wobble clumsily when it moves, it should be able with coaxing to step out briskly and put one foot in front of the other instead of meandering or crossing in front of itself. The puppy should be lively and scamper with its litter-mates instead of sitting alone all the time.
Now that you have paid your money and made your choice, you are ready to depart with puppy, papers and instructions. Make sure that you know its feeding routine, and take along some of the same kind of food if you have not already bought some. It is best to make any changes in diet gradually so as not to upset digestion. If the puppy is not fed immediately before leaving, it should ride comfortably in your lap. Take along a towel or newspaper just in case, however.
When you buy your puppy you should receive its pedigree and registration certificate or application. These have nothing to do with licensing, which is a local ordinance applying to purebred and mongrel alike. Most puppies do not need to be licensed until they are six months old, but find out the local rule, buy a license when necessary, and keep it on your dog's collar. An identification tag with your name, address and telephone number is also a good idea.
Your dog's pedigree is a chart showing its family tree, for your use and interest only; it is not part of his official papers. The registration certificate is the important part. If the dog was registered and named by his breeder, you will want to complete the transfer right away and send it with the fee. Otherwise when you send in your transfer of ownership you may insert a name of your own choosing on the application. Try to make it original, combining pa rents' names, which will often be German in origin , befitting the breed. To avoid having numerals attached because of duplication, i.e., Hansel XXV, call him Hansel von Schmidt, Hansel of Howardville, or something similar. You may combine your own names, the name of the village, street, or some other term which has a particular appeal to you.
Regardless of registered name you may call the puppy by a shorter one, which is referred to as its "call" name.
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