We, David and Fiona Douglas, fell in love with Dachshunds nearly 34 years ago when our first Dachsie Gina (Gene Jelly Bean) found us. Gina was a relinquished adult dachshund who appeared one day in the pet shop I worked at in Richmond, Victoria. 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 chocolate and tan, Isabella (fawn), sable, red, creams and wild boar. Patterns are also seldom seen in Australia and include dapples, brindles and piebald. (Google ‘Dachshund colours’ and you will find some good USA sites that show the different colours and patterns; we pretty much have them all now!)
The reason why some colours are not in Australia is that showing standards here do not allow white. And because most people who go to the expense of importing dogs are usually interested in showing, dogs with colours that do not comply with Australian showing have not entered the country…until now, that is! (And with a generous kickstart from Channel Seven’s Deal or No Deal – thank you!).
We both have Bachelor of Science degrees and understand the importance of sound genetics. This is why we have sourced our mums and dads Australia-wide and now world-wide to help ensure genetically sound pups. Plus we never breed relatives to relatives. The overseas dogs inject fresh genes to the expand the Australian dachshund gene pool. We have always totally opposed inbreeding (also called ‘line-breeding’) for cosmetic showing purposes and stand tall in trying to widen the mini dachshund gene pool.
Our first international imported bitches arrived a while ago now and formed a genetic base to which we continue to add. We have formed links and friendships with USA breeders and now, in 2016 we are awaiting our eight American mini dachshund to arrive. We are still excited about the genes they bring (not to mention being sweet little critters!) as they both have piebald genes and have overall small size (about 4 to 5kg) yet robust little frames. The little black & tan girl is just 4kg and fully grown.
They are from top breeders in their respective countries of origin and registered with the canine kennels in their homelands. They add an exciting new dimension to the Dachshund Australia breeding program, expanding the Australian gene pool by adding genuine and original colours and patterns not before seen in our country.
Chocolate continues to be a favourite and we have a steady stream of chocolate pups now.
Now – in 2016 – we continue to expand our breeding base to bring the public the multitude of miniature dachshund varieties. Namely, long, smooth, wire, and soft wire coats as well as solid, dappled, brindle and piebald patterning. Plus a new introduction from the USA later this year is the blue miniature dachshund. The blue is not in this country and is even rare in the USA, so I am grateful to my breeder friend in Colorado for helping us here.
Pictured left are our beautiful Colorado babies, smooth haired piebald boy Bluey and (unrelated) is little long haired blue girl Opal. Blues will be an exclusive line from Dachshund Australia, in longs and smooths and even pies.