Virginia Dachshunds is a small, family-owned kennel located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia where we exclusively breed and raise American Kennel Club (AKC) registered Dachshunds. All of our Dachshunds are raised in our home as part of our family where they receive the love and affection of the whole family, including our children, Madeline (3 years old) & Galen (1 year old).
All of our dogs are given an annual exam and health clearance by a licensed veterinarian. They receive routine vaccinations as recommended by our veterinarian, in addition to, receiving a monthly heartworm preventative.
The Dachshund Club of America (DCA) recommends health testing breeding stock at 12 months of age (or later) for eye, heart and knee problems in an attempt to reduce or eliminate diseases that may be inherited. The DCA encourages breeders to participate in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Program, which is sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
Breeders are also encouraged to consider LaFlora Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) when making breeding decisions. These conditions will potentially be addressed by the DCA as reliable, meaningful tests become available.
Our dogs are all DNA tested through Embark Veterinary, which screens for 215+ genetic variants that are associated with disease, as well as, 35+ physical traits (including coat color, length, adult size, and shedding). Embark is the only DNA testing company on the market that provides a genetic coefficient for imbreeding and allows you to estimate the imbreeding coefficent of the potential offspring of a pairing.