So my boyfriend and I are ready for a puppy. We have no kids (and don't plan on having any) or other dogs. We do have a ferret that is mostly free roam in our apt. I have had my heart set on getting a Miniature Dachshund ever since I was a kid, and I've had experience with them when I worked at a boarding/doggy day care facility. We found a breeder of Dachshunds and a pup we really like. A red akc shorthaired mini dachshund. We are just looking for a pet quality pup, but we do want to be sure it is healthy, that's why we looked into breeders. In our search we came a cross a litter of Miniature Dachshund (mother) x Chihuahua/Dachshund (father) mixed puppies. I didn't find any red flags in the pictures or ad at all, and they are only asking a small fee to cover vet costs and ensure a good home. I am not really sure which to go with. The 100s extra for the breeder pup WILL buy me peace of mind, but would I be just as happy with the hybrid pup? They do have their first shots and are wormed, and the owner has no problem with me coming to check out their house and see the parents of the pups, with the breeder I would have to have the pup shipped, never being able to check out the environment for myself, and simply rely on positive reviews. Should I hold out until I can find a local breeder of purebreds, or take the chance with this cross ? Before anyone mentions it, we have checked our local shelters, and they have some amazing pups, but nothing right for us. They are mostly pitbulls and other large breeds. I do realize that this is NOT a "breed" therefore each pup can have a totally different temperament. I'm not trying to get into that debate, I just wanted some suggestions to consider
I admire your responsibility as well as your determination to give a new puppy a good and loving home. You certainly sound as if you are doing thorough research before just running out and buying the first puppy that you find.
I fully understand where you are coming from regarding the consideration of a mixed puppy. However, in my opinion, even if the human parents only ask for a "small adoption fee" to cover shots, expenses, etc...please consider that you are encouraging them to re-breed the mix that they sold to you. Dachshunds as well as Chis each have their own health problems. When the 2 are mixed, those problems are combined and can create new ones. You may feel an inclination to almost rescue this puppy from the "breeders" but I would suggest giving your local shelter the opportunity to introduce you to a mixed breed before you pay an individual.
With a pure-bred puppy, you can check for a local breed club, check for local and reputable breeders and you can also contact www.AKC.org to check for breeders in your area. Even as a pet/companion instead of a show or breeder dog, you still want health and quality.
Side note story...my very dear friend in MI was in the same situation. They wanted to get their daughter a puppy for Christmas. They drove 3 hours to "rescue" a Shih Tuz x Poodle. They paid a small fee and took him home. Now, that breeder has already produced 3 more litters of the mix and she is charging over $500 per puppy!
Others may have various opinions here but I just can't see supporting puppy mills or pet stores.
Best of luck and post back and let us know when you find him/her!
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It is your call. I never used to ask about health/genetic testing before I decided to show and have a litter of our own. Even then, we don't have guarantees, but have a better idea of what we may be facing.
I still prefer to pay the extra to a breeder that has paid for health testing and researched their line, traits, etc.
You need to do what you feel is best, and it is wonderful that you have the opportunity to see or spend time with a pup before you buy. We have sold two from our litter locally, and the couples come up weekly to see their pup. It is special.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
Most of my dogs came from idiots that dropped them off at the end of the road and left them to starve or several that I adopted from the Humane Society, only in the past 10 years have I started paying to get a quality pup. With strays or adopted puppies you have no idea of their past or health issues but I can tell you I have fallen in love with all of them. Only one had a severe health problem and that is probably why she was dropped off in the first place. No matter what kind of dog you get or where you get it it could have health issues. If you were thinking of adopting from a shelter I wouldn't think you would have any problem with buying this puppy regarding the lack of health testing or such.
Is the mixed litter an accident? Was this something that they planned or did the sneaky neighbor dog crawl under the fence at the wrong time? Is she charging $100.00 to cover shots and make sure they go to good homes instead of giving them away to someone who won't take care of them? Or is she charging $200.00 or more? Not that that is a sure way to determine but I would think if she is charging over $100.00 she is, in essence, selling the puppy whereas for $100.00 or less she is finding a quality home (if that makes sense).
My opinion is, if you go look at her home and see a puppy you like you should jump on it. You could buy a purebred dog for $100's more and pay shipping on top of it to make sure you get a dog that has a health guarantee (1 year, 2 year, whatever - it could still have issues that aren't covered) or you could get this puppy, save the money up front and IF it has medical issues you have already saved quite a bit of money to put towards the bill. You aren't looking to breed or show the dog, do you need a pedigree?
If this was an accidental breeding I think she is doing the right thing by selling them instead of giving them away. I have fallen in love with several Heinz 57 mutts in my day and just because I didn't know where they came from or they didn't have a health guarantee didn't make me love them any less.
Go take a look at them and the momma. Talk to the lady. See what your gut feeling is. Then decide.
I've had mostly mixes all my life. I've been lucky and none of them have had any health problems. They have all lived past the life expectancy of the purebreds they were derived from. Our newest addition is a daschund/? mix. We were told he is a daschund pug mix, but I have had people say he looks more like either a daschund/chi or daschund/beagle mix. He is one of the best dogs we have ever had. Tons of character in a little body. He just turned 3 and so far we have not had any major health issues with him(knock on wood). He is missing his 2 upper canine teeth. When his baby teeth fell out he didn't have adult ones to replace them. How big of a deal that is I have no idea. He certainly doesn't seem to need them and also one of the people I work with has a purebred Swissie who also lost baby teeth and is missing an adult upper canine tooth. She also didn't have an adult one to take its place.He also is sensitive to anesthesia and vaccines. Any dog can be sensitive to either and some purebreds are known for being that way, such as greyhounds and Anatolians.
In my opinion it really doesn't matter where my dogs come from. As long as I am not knowingly supporting a pet store or puppymiller, it doesn't much matter to me where they come from. The person you are thinking about getting a mix from doesn't sound like she intentionally bred this mix. Not since she is asking for such a small amt of money. Most "breeders" of mixes ask the same price, if not more, as purebred breeders do when selling their pups. Having a doxie mix and being super thrilled with him, I think you would be happy either way you choose to go.
I'm in no position to offer advice on where to get your doggie although I will say that I'd feel far more comfortable being able to personally check out the puppy's initial home environment & pick out which pup in the litter most catches my heart (or, more likely, which pup in the litter chooses ME) .
My only concern is your mention of your "free roaming" ferret. As long as you realize that Dachshunds were primarily bred to hunt & burrow after critters - like ferrets - & many Dachshunds still retain that strong instinct, I'm sure you'll introduce your new puppy & your ferret accordingly & be extra vigilant when they're together. Hopefully by taking the proper precautions, whichever new addition to your family you choose your new pup will bring a lot of joy into your home .
This advice is offered by a "dog lover" who is not by any stretch of the imagination a "dog expert", & hopefully someone far more knowledgeable, specifically about Dachshunds, will respond to your post with either their own concerns or their reassurances that I'm way off base & there is no cause for concern .
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time to throw in my cents,sorry it is a bit late. I have been battling stupid insurance company.
Anyway if you go a reputable breeder you have a better idea of what you are geneticly(is that a word???) getting. You need to know if they do health testing and what kind of guarantee they are providing.
With a mutt you are stuck with the luck of the draw. You could get the best of the two breeds, or the worst. There is no telling or guarantee.
Again I have agree with the free roaming ferret problem. You are looking a breed that kills badgers for a living. A ferret and badger are very similar(to the dog). You may want to consider another breed or locking up your ferret. I can not imagine the two are going to get along great, and I would never leave them alone. Even if one is out of sight, it could be a horrible situation.
I too suggest you might want to reconsider the breed lest your ferret start to feel like Tom the cat (Tom & Jerry cartoon) with an ever determined Spike (the Bulldog that always chases him) nipping at his heals. Your Ferret may not be as wily as Tom the cat.
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Thanks for your opinions guys, we're going to look at a couple different puppies..Not really sure what we're going to go with yet. I'll keep you updated! And about the dachshund/ferret thing..I appreciate the concern but it's not an issue if the puppy is properly socialized at a young age, and I'd never leave them unattended together of course,but lets not get off topic here.
I was going to keep quite, as I hate going off topic, but I really have to pipe up at that one. Yes a dog socialized puppy can be better at alot of things, but natural instincts are hard to get rid of. As a groomer I have seen many terriers, and badger hunting types that although where raised with other animals and dogs, they will still kill that small furry creature.
I have herding dogs, and a good herder with amazing instinct, will still do just that, no matter what they are taught.
I hope you are right, good luck in whatever you choose.
I would maybe wait a day of two. Not because of the stress factor but because the vet is going to be asking you lots of questions regarding his eating,sleeping and play habits and since you just got him you may not be able to answer the . Also waiting a day or two will give you ti E to observe him and ask the vet any questions you might have about him.