Thought you might want to know a little bit about me and why and how I raise my dachshund babies. I am 43 years old, and have a chronic pain disorder caused by mainly fibromyalgia. I can not work a full time job anymore so I decided to go to my two loves, animals and art. (if you want to see some of my artwork go to www.geocities.com/parmeter_art). The dogs live with me in the house. Actually I would say I live with them. They have their own doggy doors in the front and the back and free run of about 1/3 of an acre of land that is fenced for their protection. I have a gating system for when the girls are in season that keeps everyone separated as need be at that time. I do this because I love my babies and they bring so much joy to so many others. I get such positive feedback from families and a new email from a family with an update always brightens my day. As far as what I look for in breeding, I want to make sure that my dogs have great bone and muscle structure. A strong back and the muscles to support that back are so important. I brought in a championship blood line through a friend of mine who raises mostly wire hair, but, had a smooth that I could use and he could get the pick of the litter so he could bring in the muscle and bone I have established in my dogs. Worked out great for both of us. He is also a small scale breeder, we only have a few females that we raise at home. Temperment is also so very important and the babies are loved up, cuddled and generally played with all they can handle. They have their own little home in the dining room area, no table just a doggy play pen. When they are old enough to get out and about within the pen they are started on potty pads. As they get a little older I start them on the housebreaking phase. I have had excellent reports on training them to their new homes goes very easily and quickly. If you want to know more about me feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (417)336-1434. Happy to answer questions and let you get the feel of who I really am, honest to a fault with a heart always on my shirt sleeve.