Dogs at home
We are KC Assured Breeders, situated on the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire border, a stones throw away from open fields and riverside where the dogs can run free. We are a family with four sons, aged from teenager to 4. I firmly believe children and dogs belong together - but ONLY strictly supervised.
Our garden is not huge, but is securely fenced with 6' panels, rested on stone plinths that are sunk into the ground to foil diggers, and split into four "paddocks" so we can segregate and quarantine or isolate dogs if needed.
Our Dachshunds are all show, or ex show dogs, but first and foremost they are part of the family and much loved. We enjoy them very much and they come out and about with us. We frequently drive down to the beach so the dogs and children can spend time chasing balls and frisbees - or simply just running the tickle out of their feet!
We help train at Winning Paws Ringcraft (stotfold), and we have an agility club that meets within five minutes walk, and an obedience class or three in the village hall. It is a nice, dog friendly place here, and we have the very best of neighbours. I am home full time with the dogs, and co run Hound Temptations with Joy Gonszor.
I do believe these little dogs are capable of far more than we give them credit for, and that all dogs deserve to have fun. We have just begun to do canicross (and they run me off my feet - I am definitely the weakest link! - we run for fun not glory). Any Dachshund who cannot run a mile on a loose lead and flat surface attached to very unfit human cannot possibly be classed as "fit for function".
All our dogs are DNA tested for the cord1 mutation, and all are eye tested under the BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme - this is now a recommended test by the Dachshund Breed Council. All our dogs either have, or are working towards their KC Good Citizen Scheme bronze awards, and if they have it then they are working towards the silver or gold award. Our aim for 2011/2012 is to have some kind of working or performance based involvement with each dog.
I have a huge liking for the dapples. But please note, we will NOT produce double dapples or chocolate based reds as we believe these combinations are unethical/against the breed standard.
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One end of the summerhouse. (Floor under desk now has Isaac's squashy bed)
One rear corner of the summerhouse (Now has a freezer in the gap between sofa and show trolley)
Isaac on "his" sofa. (Nothin changes here!!!)
Like Father, like Son. Isaac's son Tucker follows his Father's sofa hogging tradition...