Edwards Extraordinary Dachshunds
Kevin & Tina Edwards in East, TN
Home land line (423) 345-4415
Miniature Dachshunds are outstanding loyal companions and a wonderful addition to almost all families. All they and we as responsible breeders ask is that you treat them with tender loving care and be responsible owners.
It is very important to us that you understand the following about the Dachshund breed. This information is intended to inform you about the breed and not to discourage you from the breed in any way. If we as Dachshund breeders did not pass this information on to you then we would not be responsible breeders. Dachshunds are outstanding dogs! and like most dogs require socialization at an early age, to try and prevent them from being wary of human strangers and fearful. Even though some are just a little bit on there own no matter how much they were or are socialized. They all have there own individual personalities and natural characteristics.
They should also be taught early on about inappropriate barking and taught not to jump, since jumping can be dangerous for their spines and really is completely unnecessary.
Dachshunds are prone to spinal disc problems, also known as Dachshund paralysis. This is due to their very long spinal columns and very short rib cages. Dogs with this problem can become completely paralyzed. For this reason, it's important that your dog be trained early on not to jump, as jumping puts additional pressure on the spine. Believe us when we say that it is not hard at all to teach them not to jump. You should also be taught how to hold your dog properly, as improper handling can lead to back problems, too. Some veterinarians caution against Dachshunds using stairs, though most feel that it does not pose a problem for the dog to use stairs, as long as they are walking instead of running. Researchers are finding that the occurrence and severity of these spinal disc problems are not always a hereditary , so it's important to inquire about such problems from your breeder. We have been very fortunate so far and have had one over 14 years now back problems with ours because we continue to follow these guidelines and we are continuing to breed strong hip and spines in our Dachshunds. We also allow ours to get "plenty" of yard running play time every single day 365 days a year. Snow, rain or shine they are allowed out to the yard to exercise which keeps there back muscles strong. We believe this also helps tremendously.
Dachshunds are very clever dogs. They have a lively temperament and are very gregarious, but this particular breed is prone to vary in temperament more greatly from dog to dog.
They are brave to a fault; often not realizing how small they are. They are bred for work and have a fair amount of energy. They are very sturdy for their size.
Dachshunds require a large amount of interaction. As in most dogs they can be destructive if they become bored, so it's important to keep them entertained when you can, and to keep them confined when you can't. Socialization is important, as is obedience training, since some Dachshunds are very willful. They can also be quite demanding if to spoiled. Once trained, they are very loyal and loving to their owners. They can be protective to a fault; they know no fear and will go into battle with any animal they perceive as a threat, regardless of its size.
Dachshunds are energetic, brave, intelligent and independent. They are quite happy, even clownish, and can behave mischievously on occasion. They greatly enjoy interacting with humans and is quite friendly and outgoing at home. Dachshunds make fine companions and are not typically used as hunters.
Most Dachshunds are extremely playful, and will love a good game of fetch, hide and seek or chase with their owners and with other pets in the home, so long as they are properly socialized with each other. They are prone to chasing small animals and birds when they are outside. For this reason, it's important not to let your dog off his leash in an uncontained area. He may become focused on chasing a bird and run away and possibly get into a VERY dangerous situation.
Adult Dachshund who acquires children will usually do quite well with them, as long as they are properly introduced. Remember, "you" are the pack leader and they will most often look to you for your response or command. Particularly in the case of Miniature Dachshunds, however, children should always be taught how to handle them, since they are somewhat fragile, simply due to their size and "long" spine. It is also important to understand that if you let your puppy chew and nibble on you that they are learning that it is okay to bite. It is cute until they become an Adult, so don't let them chew on anything you do not want them to chew on later in life.
Please be respectful to others and train your pet from the beginning and be patient with them. This will give you and everyone else a chance to continue enjoying this wonderful breed.
Colors and Coats
There are more color and coat combinations in the dachshund world than any other dog on the planet. With three coat types multiplied by the different colors and then multiplied by the different patterns, it makes Baskin Robbins look monotone. Here we go! Red ranges from pale red to a dark sable, almost blackish red and all the shades in between. Black and tan is pretty much self-explanatory. It's a black dog with tan "points", which are the spots above the eyes, on the feet, etc. Chocolate is brown color. Cream is a buttery blond color. Don't let anyone confuse it with a red. A shaded cream has a small amount of black hair as well. Wild boar is an interesting color. Each hair actually has from two to three colors, with a light tan closest to the skin, possibly a reddish color next to the tan, and then a dark grey at the tip of each hair follicle. The dilute colors are, blue, and fawn (isabella). They are called dilutes because the colors are diluted from black and tan. Wheaten is a blond wirehair.
Then you can mix in a few patterns. Brindle is stripes, dapple is spots and piebald is with white patches. Take these times three for the coats: smooth, wire and long you have a lot of crazy combinations. And there are three types of wire: soft, harsh and double coated. Soft is frizzy, harsh is coarse and tight and double is both, a soft under coat with a harsh outer. The double coat is often called the show coat being the most desirable. You get the idea. Under all the different coats and colors it is still a dachshund. And that is what really matters.
Male vs. Female
You'd be surprise how many people do not know that boy dogs sometimes make better " pets" and usually will not hike there leg to pee if neutered by the time they are 6 month old.
Well folks, this is not true and they don't call them a 'bitch' for nothing!
In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'.
There is a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative way-and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by the females of the dog world.
Most fights will usually break out between 2 females. Males, on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and sometimes more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play often. And no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of the twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while Grandma quietly observes from the porch. LOL
Boys can get bigger than girls and a variety of sizes can be found regardless of sex. There are a lot of self claimed 'Miniatures' in any breed out there, but those Breeders are not breeding to the standard as it is written for each breed. The difference between sizes and sexes is minimal, if bred correctly, and for improving the breed according to the standard.
Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 6 months of age) usually don't ever raise a leg to urinate.
And while the female will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. While boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Females are usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. The female is less likely to wage a dominance batlle with YOU, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate - the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being in 'heat' unless she is spayed.
Seasonal heats can be a month long nightmare not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood.
Did we mention that the seasonal heat happens twice a year?
If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed since during this time she can leave bloody dicharge on carpets, couches and anywhere she goes. She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and wait for days.
Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays in a flux of estrogen level which may give us the reason to why females are more moody than males.
Males generally cost 1/2 the cost to be neutered as a female does to be spayed.
Sooooo.....before you decide on the age old dilemma of male or female, give consideration to any other dogs that may be in or around your home, your financial situation as to having the altered and whether or not you have the space, time and money to raise a litter of puppies.
Just a few details about the GORGEOUS and LOVING, English Cream Dachshunds.
First of all, as the name implies most of the English Cream bloodlines have been imported from English Dachshunds. This means that their parents and much of their pedigree is from a slightly different line of Dachshunds than you may be used to seeing and being around here in the United States. And there are a few small differences in these Dachshunds that we thought you might like to hear about. This is not an exact science as you know, Dachshunds all have very unique personalities, but most of the English Cream Miniature Dachshunds have these things in common, that may be a little different from our American Short Hair Dachshunds and even from our American Long Hair Dachshunds.
The English Cream Dachshunds usually have a GORGEOUS and LUXURIOUS thick coat if long hair, it tends to be a little thicker and longer than most of our American Long haired Dachshunds have. You might notice a little more hair around the house if you own one of these beautiful Dachshunds. Most English Cream puppies are born with shading (black tips on the end of their hair) but as they mature and grow they lose all of the shading to be Cream adults, some Creams will not lose ALL of their shading- just most of it, and they will have a little bit of shading on their coats for their entire life, (just like the red dachshunds do) . The exception to this rule is the ee Clear Creams, they are born with a Clear Cream coat with out any shading from birth and will stay the same color.
In England a Miniature Dachshunds is considered to be any dachshund that is under 16 pounds, (our show class for Miniature is anything under 12 pounds) so as a general rule the English Cream Dachshunds may be a few pounds larger than our American Miniature Dachshunds and end up in the teens in weight (Tweenie).
Like with any of our Dachshunds there is never a guarantee on full grown size.
As it is also usually true that our American Long Haired Dachshunds have a little more laid back and easy going way of doing things than the American Short Haired (Smooth) Dachshunds might do things, the English Cream Dachshunds are usually even more laid back in their approach to life, and most are very cuddly, these Dachshunds can be absolute Couch Potatoes, they love to take life one day at a time and just let it all go by easy and calm. They love to go for walks with you, take naps on the couch with you while you watch T.V., and follow you around. They are completely content to just be with you where ever you go and do whatever you do.
These adorable and loving dogs are wonderful therapy for a person who needs to unwind and lose the stress from a long day, when they get home in the evening. They make wonderful snuggle buddies for the person who wants a dog that will not jump around and be quite so excited all of the time. They love to be held and loved on for as long as you will allow them, their favorite place in the world is in your lap, this is what they think life should be all about, loving, petting, snuggling, and plenty of time to take a nap, or just hang our with you in the recliner or the couch.
You will never find a more loving and devoted dog than a dachshund of any type, but these guys can take cuddling and snuggling to the extreme, if this is what you are looking for in your next pet, then I highly suggest that you look into the English Cream Dachshund.
They do tend to be a little bit higher in price then the American Dachshunds, but that is with very good reason, it is very expensive to import and raise these wonderful bloodlines here in the United States still. Remember you are getting a companion and a friend that will bring love and happiness to you and your family for many many years. I do not believe you will ever regret paying a little more for one of these ADORABLE LOVING DACHSHUNDS. The old says it all…..You get what you paid for.
If you have any questions, or would like to talk more about our Cream Dachshund Puppies that will be available to loving homes soon. Please send us an email or give us a call. We love to talk Dachshunds and will be glad to try and answer any questions that you might have.