Two of the C-litter pups have gone home to be with their owners. Camp the yellow collared male is headed home to Wisconsin. I was told by the family they have decided to call him Cash. Cole the red collared male is headed to his home in northern Iowa.
I am happy to see these pups going to homes where they will be worked as trackers and become part of the family. As a breeder it is my ultimate goal to get pups to the best homes I can. It is not a first come first serve basis as I decide who I think will give the best home and life for a pup. I do my best to get the pups to people that are in it for the right reasons and offer a home that a working dog deserves. I look forward to hearing updates as the pups mature!
The C-Litter pups are 6 weeks old. I am very happy with the way they are turning out. They are a steady group and are being introduced to different things daily. I believe they are all going to have nice wire coats. Tomorrow they will get their initial vaccinations at the vet. They are weaned and all have good appetites.
Today the C-litter pups got outside and chewed on a deer hide for the first time. Since the snow pack is gone the temperature got up to a balmy 27deg. The sun was out and it was a nice January day. I like to introduce the pups to a deer hide at an early age. The pups will be 6 weeks old tomorrow. Later the pups will be rewarded at the end of a training track with a piece of deer hide.
Socialization is important for any pups. I think for working Dachshunds it is especially important. If not exposed to different dogs and people at a young age they will not be as well rounded. Many dog breeds have been bred down for a mellow temperament thus reducing some of their hunting drive. That is great if you only want a pet. That is also important to remember when choosing a dog and breeder to make sure the dog comes from working bloodlines. I agree temperament is one of the most important things when breeding. I also think if you want a dog with a high hunting drive that it is also very important in the breeding. Finding the right balance between temperament and drive are two of my top goals when breeding. Recently the 5 week C-litter was visited by the sire owners family. Everyone seemed to have a good time including the pups.
The C-Litter pups turned 4 weeks old a couple days ago. They are becoming quite active, starting to play, growl, and bark. We have begun weaning them. They all have teeth and their mom Echo is slowing down on the nursing, although she still has plenty of milk and is taking great care of them. Next week we are supposed to get a thaw with highs hitting 40 degrees. The timing will be good as I plan on getting them outside and introducing them to deer liver drags.