Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions and our responses to me. If you can't find th answer to you question, please to not hesitate to contact us.

Questions

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How long have you been raising dachshunds?

We have been raising Dachshunds since 2008.

What is the average life expectancy of a miniature dachshund?

In general, larger dogs live shorter lives than smaller dogs. This is due to the fact that the bodies of larger dogs must work harder and are more stressed than the bodies of smaller dogs. The life expectancy of any one dog in particular is also determined by the stresses in its life (both physical and psychological), what it eats and how well it is taken care of. With that said, the average life expectancy of a miniature dachshund is 12 to 15 years.

What comes with a new puppy?

Each puppy sold by Eagle Spirit Dachshunds comes with a free sample of Diamond puppy food. You will also receive a copy of the puppy’s record detailing its growth, a health record brochure, the CKC registration application and a copy of your puppy contract. Last but not least you will receive a puppy blanket and "pee pad" for the puppy’s travel to its new home.

Do you accept deposits to reserve a puppy?

Yes, we do accept a non-refundable (but transferable) deposit to hold an available puppy of your choice. The deposit is applied to the total cost of the puppy.

Do you ship your puppies?

At the present time, we do not ship our puppies. We are wiling to meet part way as a convenience. Distance and costs can be discussed at the time of purchase.

Do you have a waiting list?

If you are interested in an upcoming litter or are looking for a specific puppy in the future, we would be happy to take down your name and contact information. People on my waiting list have first choice after people that have placed a deposit.

What food do I feed my new puppy?

Here at Eagle Spirit Dachshunds we start all of our puppies on Diamond puppy food. It is small bites and can be mixed with water to create gravy for your puppy. We recommend that you keep your puppy on the same food but if you decide to change, do it gradually by mixing the new type of food in with the original; say a mixture of 80% Diamond and 20% new food and then slowly increase the amount of new food in the mixture until the puppy is completely on the new food.

Do your puppies come with a written health guarantee?

All of our puppies leave with a three month written health guarantee which covers most pre-existing, congenital and genetic diseases. Please feel free to read over our contract by clicking here.

Do your puppies come with shot records and a vet check?

We provide all age appropriate vaccinations and worming. Puppies are vet checked by a licensed veterinarian.

When are the puppy due shots?

Our puppies are given their initial vaccination at six weeks of age. We will provide you with the day and type of vaccination given so when you take your new puppy to your veterinarian they will establish a vaccination schedule for you.

How much do your puppies cost?

Prices vary depending on gender, color/pattern, and coat type of each individual puppy.

Can I breed my puppy?

We do not limit our puppy registrations to “pet only”. This allows you to breed your puppy but your decision on whether or not to breed your dog should not be taken lightly. Breeding any type of dog takes considerable dedication, time and money.

How do I potty train the puppy?

Always bear in mind that a dog evacuates his bowels on waking in the morning, after a meal, and about 3 hours after a meal, especially as a puppy.
As soon as he wakes in the morning, and after every nap, take him directly outdoors to empty his bladder and/or bowel. Take him to the same place each time, stay with him and give him 10-15 minutes to "perform". I find that an expression associated with the action is very helpful in the teaching process. You choose your own words - " do your chores" - "time for business" etc. When the same phrase is repeated over a few days, the pup learns what it is you want of him very quickly. Your puppy is a very intelligent dog and eager to please you. When he does what you've requested of him, heap praise on him and bring him back into the house immediately and give him a little reward treat. There should be no outdoor play until he has it firmly in his mind that the outdoors is the place to go to relieve himself.
Remember that you are dealing with a baby with a small bladder, and you should expect to have accidents to clean up until he is about 6 months old. When accidents do happen, DO NOT RUB HIS NOSE IN IT, OR HIT HIM. A rolled up newspaper has no value in teaching a dog. You wouldn't do that to a child or want it done to you. YOUR PUP DOES HAVE DIGNITY TOO!!!

What is the difference between AKC and CKC registration?

The American Kennel Club or AKC and the Continental Kennel Club or CKC are known throughout the world. They both deal with the registration of dog breeds but have a few differences.
The biggest difference of the two clubs, in my opinion, is when comparing the standards of the two kennel clubs, both have high standards, yet each are uniquely different. The AKC requires that all dogs must have their parents previously registered. In general, the original group of purebred dogs constituting a breed was accepted by AKC at the start of the breed and that breed was then closed to additional stock. CKC decided not to have a closed registry, because its founders felt that closing off the gene pool contributed to genetic disorders within the breeds of purebred dogs. CKC will allow new dogs into the registry based on two witnesses verifying validity of the breed, and as long as three pictures are submitted to look at the breed type of the dog. If CKC determines that any dog submitted is not of proper breed type it will not register the dog.Both clubs perform inspections of their breeders.