Virginia Dachshunds is a small, family-owned kennel located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia where we exclusively breed and raise purebred miniature 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 daughter, Madeline, and our goldendoodle, Hercules.
All of our dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and their puppies are also registered with the AKC to their new owners before they leave for their new homes. We breed both smooth and longhaired miniature dachshunds.
We believe in a well-informed, wholistic approach to breeding dogs that considers the dog's health, temperament, conformation and genetic diversity. We weigh the pros & cons of each pairing in advance.
All of our dogs are given an annual exam and health clearance by a licensed veterinarian. They receive routine DHLPP, Rabies, Lyme and Bordetella vaccinations as recommended by our veterinarian, in addition to, receiving a monthly heartworm preventative and are dewormed as needed. We also screen our breeding stock for Brucellosis before and after breeding to a dog from another kennel.
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. DNA testing can be done for PRA Cord 1, but, as this condition is caused by multiple genes and testing only covers one of them, this information can be misleading (i.e. a dog can have 2 copies of the mutated gene for PRA Cord 1, but not have the disease).