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New dog breeding laws in Vic – adapting to change
By Lady Fi, September 2015
Some of you will have heard about the Victorian ALP’s intention to reduce registered dog breeders to a maximum of 10 dogs on their premises.
Our challenge as mini dachshund breeders is how we can continue to run a robust pet dog breeding program with so few dogs, for it is simply not possible to have wide genetics when the gene pool is so small. Wide genetics underpins good health, and this means sufficient numbers of males and females. Numbers are also needed to enable the early rehoming of mums and to not hesitate in moving any dog on if health, temperament or appearance are not spot on. sound breeding program needs at least 30 dogs at any time. This figure allows for a high ratio of males (about 10), youngsters growing on (about 5) which leaves about 15 mums who are actually productive at any given time. A mini dachshund will average 3-4 pups a year. And those of you following us on Twitter will be familiar with our odd big litters of six, and tiny ones of one only fur child.
A sound breeding program needs at least 30 dogs at any time to safeguard genetic diversity and health. This figure allows for a high ratio of males (about 10), youngsters growing on (about 5) which leaves about 15 mums who are actually productive at any given time. A mini dachshund will average 3-4 pups a year. And those of you following us on Twitter will be familiar with our odd big litters of six, and tiny ones of one only fur child.
So the challenge is how to continue to improve the population of Australian miniature dachshunds in the face of serious limitations by government.
The good news is we have been working towards this for a long time. We have canvassed many ideas and we have settled with the plan that allows us to continue without any compromise to welfare, health, temperament or looks.
So what are we doing?
A number of changes are happening at Dachshund Australia. The main one is shifting our mums into family homes throughout Victoria. We started this project three years ago and it has been a great success. With lots of refining along the way, we now have nearly half of our mums who live off site. Twitter followers will have seen pix of some of these guys; Keepa and Dash in Bendigo, Ralph and June Bug in Yarram and so on.
The beauty of this is it is very much our breeding program: our attention to detail and the overseeing of the whole program, vet costs, whelping and so forth.
Plus in most cases the intention is for the families’ to keep their mums once they retire, so there is the wonderful continuity of one home for life for the breeding mum. Also, it allows families to share in the joy of bringing new life into the world.
Under this new system of doing things, more and more Dachshund Australia’s ‘Doggy Central’ will become a centre of excellence for advising and coordinating and assisting our doggy breeding families.
We will continue to actively import the breed. Dave and I are headed to the USA this month and next month to go through the complex and very costly exercise of bringing into Australia two superb long haired piebalds – dogs never seen here before. We will continue to maintain substantial breeding dog numbers so we can secure the future of the miniature dachshund as one of Australia’s most diverse and healthy purebred pets for generations to come.
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Our breeding commitment
We are miniature dachshund breeders and we are passionate about widening the gene pool for the betterment of our puppies and the dachshund breed as a whole. We are equally passionate that all our dogs lead a happy, loved and fulfilled life as valued members of our family.
We believe our breeding facility sets a new benchmark in dog breeding in Australia and possibly the world.
A critical factor in breeding sound animals is a wide gene pool. Accordingly, we NEVER inbreed or ‘line breed’ (ie breeding relatives to relatives). We are dedicated pet breeders, which means our breeding program is driven by dog health and temperament. Please note that as dedicated pet breeders, our puppies do not come with the pedigree papers required for the formal show circuit.
Like humans, or any other species, no one can guarantee a dog will never get an illness during its lifetime. But what can be said is that sound breeding practices that involve careful selection and screening for known disorders will set them off to a good start. We are committed to improving the mini dachshund breed through responsible breeding to deliver the public healthy, happy family members.
We hope to have at least one litter born every month – nature willing! Follow us on Twitter for the very latest updates. You can join in the top right hand corner of this homepage or click on the fat blue bird instead. Please see ‘Puppies 4 Sale’ page for information about prices and so forth.
Breeders of Mini Dachshunds, Gippsland Australia – bringing dachshunds to families world-wide
We, David and Fiona Douglas, fell in love with Dachshunds nearly 30 years ago when our first Dachsie Gina (Gene Jelly Bean) found us. It was not until 2006 that we fulfilled a long held dream and started breeding mini Dachshunds for loving pet homes. We really like the wide variety of colours and patterns that are found mostly overseas; these include the stunning … [Read More...]