At the top of this page is a carousel slide show of many of our beautiful dachshunds. We feel it is very important for you to see the actual dachshunds used in our breeding program. What you see is what you get! Please go to About Us for more information about Paradise Dachshunds.
Our mission is threefold:
1) To strive to breed higher quality, genetically sound and healthy puppies for both the show ring and the conscientious pet owner.
2) To educate the prospective owner to assure that each puppy has every opportunity to be loved and well cared for during the duration of its life.
3) To assure that each breeding is researched and planned for the betterment of the breed and to follow the AKC & Dachshund Club of America's Code of Ethics.
Paradise Dachshunds support the AKC's, The Dachshund Club of America's, and the SPCA's position on spaying or neutering companion animals on a spay/neuter contract with AKC 'limited' registration papers. I will be of support to all my owners and am willing to take back any dachshund I have bred, no questions asked. I do not want my dachshunds to ever be transferred or sold without my knowledge. We hope you will come back to our site more than once and if you have suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us at anytime!
To read about dachshunds, print out our puppy application, learn about the written breed standard, how to pick a puppy, etc. please click on these links:
AKC How To Pick A Puppy
After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar
Congratulations On Your New Dachshund
See our champions at Paradise Dachshunds!
Dachshunds are active, fun-loving dogs, but they can also be hard to housetrain, willful and feisty, which might make them a poor choice for many families, particularly those with children. Dachshunds are also wary of strangers and tend to bark loudly when their suspicions are aroused – or because a leaf blew across the lawn. That tendency to bark at the least provocation is just one of many reasons a Dachshund cannot be left alone out in the yard or live outdoors.
The breed descended from dogs bred to fearlessly follow prey into underground burrows and tunnels – a job a few of them still manage. Those traits make the Dachshund determined to the point of stubbornness, a bit aggressive with other dogs and an enthusiastic digger. For those who love the breed, there’s a lot of variety: Dachshunds come in two sizes – the standard, weighing between 16 and 32 pounds, and the miniature, which is 11 pounds and under. They also come in three coat types: smooth, wirehaired and longhaired. All three coat types come in a variety of colors and markings, including solid colored, dappled and marked with white.
Dachshunds are good family dogs if they are brought up with kids, but it’s important to supervise play so that children don’t pick up or hold them incorrectly. Their adaptable nature and moderate exercise needs make them appropriate for anyone from young singles or couples to seniors.
The Dachshund’s coat comes in an endless variety of colors and patterns. Solid red is probably the most popular color, but you will also see Dachshunds in cream, black, chocolate, brindle and dapple — lighter-colored areas contrasting with a darker base color.
Dachshunds are always alert and they have a big, deep bark. Both qualities make them superb watchdogs. It’s a good idea to have ramps or steps up to furniture so the Dachshund doesn’t hurt his back jumping on or off the sofa or bed. Protect the Dachshund’s back by holding him correctly: one arm tucked beneath his hind end and one supporting his front end at the chest, keeping the body in a horizontal position.
One of the words most associated with the Dachshund is “determined.” The breed standard describes him as clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness. This is a dog who never gives up. And size makes no matter. A mini Dachshund is no less determined simply because he is smaller. Never insult him by calling him “cute.” While all Dachshunds should be brave and fearless, each type has a distinct personality. The wirehaired Dachshunds are terrier-like in temperament, with a clownish attitude and a propensity for getting into trouble. They are the ones you’ll find taking one end of the roll of toilet paper and running through the house with it. Longhaired Dachshunds tend to have a softer temperament to match their silky coats. They are quiet and elegant, with a somewhat more biddable personality, but they are just as active as smooth or wirehaired Dachshunds. The smooth? Moderate is his middle name. He’s mischievous, for sure — he wouldn’t be a real Dachshund if he weren’t — but not as wild and crazy as the wire and not as quiet as the longhair.
The Dachshund is many things — stubborn, curious, independent — but one thing he should never be is shy. This is a dog who boldly goes out to meet friends and, as needed, battle foes. He is an outstanding watchdog but welcomes guests.
Training him — well, it’s been said that the term “obedient Dachshund” is an oxymoron. Nevertheless, a Dachshund who will work for you instead of against you can become a heck of a competitor in obedience trials, rally and other dog sports. It’s just a matter of finding what motivates him. Usually food works, but Dachshunds have their own way of thinking and no matter how good the treats are, sometimes their desires just won’t coincide with what you’re asking them to do. Training a Dachshund calls for patience, consistency and a great sense of humor.
Here’s what else you should know about living with Dachshunds. Dachshunds dig. That is what they’re born to do, after all. Just because they live in a house with you doesn’t mean they no longer have the digging instinct. If possible, give your Dachshund his own place to dig in your yard. When nothing else is available, you may find him burrowing into the blankets on your on bed.
Dachshunds love to eat. Their appetite can best be described as voracious. If given the opportunity, they will eat until they make themselves sick. Fat Dachshunds are more prone to musculoskeletal problems. To prevent both obesity and a case of garbage gut, measure your Dachshund’s food, give treats judiciously and lead him not into temptation by leaving food or trash out where he can get to it. Dachshunds need a moderate amount of exercise. He’ll be satisfied with a couple of half-mile walks daily, but he’s capable of three- to four-mile walks over hill and dale. If you are a go-getter, you’ll enjoy walking with the purposeful Dachshund. This is a dog with places to go and things to sniff and pee on. Walks aren’t the only way to exercise a Dachshund. He is a versatile dog who will enjoy tracking rabbits in field trials, taking part in earthdog trials that involve tunneling after (safely-caged) rats, bringing Dachshund delight as a therapy dog in nursing homes and hospitals, and racing through an obstacle course in agility trials.
Dachshunds can be housetrained, but they’re not always 100 percent reliable. If it’s cold or rainy outside, well, they’re not exactly sure why they should have to go out in bad weather when it’s just as easy to pee in the house. Be patient, and if you live in a place with inclement weather, consider teaching your Dachshund to use those puppy pee pads. You’ll both be happier.
Check out the Resource Center page for additional info and links.
We do not sell puppies sight unseen. We prefer everyone come to our home or meet us at a dog show for an initial visit. We can also meet you at the airport or deliver the puppy to you by car for an extra fee. We are courteous, helpful and ready to answer any questions that you may have. We require everyone to complete a puppy application and meet the puppy in person.
Shown below is Skye (Paradise's View From Above MS) a Champion Ryan and Gigi puppy showing off her skills in agility at the Doggie Fun Zone at the Ladies Kennel Club Dog Show. Skye is owned by Diana and loves to fly!
Hi Helen - Just wanted to say hello and update you on Fig. She is doing so well! We went to the vet to get her 12-week shots today and she is up to 5lbs! She is in tip-top shape and just the best, cutest, happiest little weenie we could have hoped for. I've attached a picture of her from this past weekend.
Liz, Peter & Fig, New York City
Hi Helen, I just wanted to let you know that Rudy passed his test and is now an AKC star puppy. He now moves up to beginner basic 2 and then canine good citizenship. He is filling out in his chest. He is a delight and smart as a whip.
Thank you Helen for trusting me with these two amazing dogs, Stretch and Skye. They bring so much laughter and joy to our house and thank you for getting me involved in conformation show ring. Your help and guidance I could not do without.
Diana, Taunton , MA
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