Dachshund Interview w/ Doreen Biasi From AKC Dachshund NY

Dachshund Interview Doreen Biasi From AKCDachshundNY

Doreen Biasi, along with her daughter currently studying to be a vet tech, and her sons who help tremendously—breeds standard and miniature Dachshunds.

With over a decade of experience with Dachshund breeding, AKCDachshundNY teaches you about color, coat, training, food, health care and the breed in itself. Doreen is always happy to pick up your call and discuss about the breed and even sometimes change your opinion on getting a mix.

Let’s dive into this great interview and learn some valuable pieces of information throughout!

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Doreen Biasi with one of her Dachshunds.

Please introduce yourself and how you fell in love with breeding Dachshunds.

My name is Doreen Biasi. I started AKCDachshundNY about a decade ago. I fell in love with the Dachshund breed as a child and when I wanted my own puppy there were only pet stores that sold them. I didn’t want to get a puppy mill dog. I wanted to meet the parents, see the pedigrees etc..

So I decided to start my own breeding program for dachshund lovers like me. It took a while and a whole lot of reading and learning about the breed to choose my dogs. I wanted to be able to answer any question someone might ask. I wanted to be an expert in my field…

This is very difficult but everyday I connect with excellent breeders and learn more and more. I founded a reputable dachshund breeders and puppies for sale group on Facebook for this purpose: to push out the competitive cut throat money-hungry breeders, and start an educational group to learn from and sell to. It’s been wonderfully successful.

Basset Hound vs Dachshund, what are the major differences?

You are dealing with 2 entirely different breeds here. The Basset Hound is much larger and slower in my opinion, although grooming needs aren’t very demanding, exercise to stay healthy is.

The Basset is also much more stubborn and harder to train whereas the dachshund is easily adaptable. The Basset has a much lower energy level. The look of the dog is completely different. Aside from the long spine and hound group I don’t see them at all similar, however the Basset is not my specialty, the Dachshund is. So I can’t be confident in my analysis without further research. I am basing this solely on the ones I have met.

What are Dachshunds bred for (in the past, and in today's world)?

Dachshund means badger dog in German and that is what they were originally bred to do. Hunt badgers.

Today people use them for duck hunting as well. But mostly they purchase a Dachshund for its ever popular comical personality. The size, the look and the loyalty of this breed, plus the fact that it comes in so many color and coat varieties makes it very easy to fall in love with.

People are often bragging about the fact that you cannot own just one. They are addictive little creatures who steal your heart at first glance.

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How can you resist that little Dachshund puppy?

What’s your opinion on Dachshunds bred to an ever-shrinking size to answer the public’s demand for “smaller dogs”?

The idea of shrinking the breed is hotly controversial.

On one hand with emphasis being placed on spinal cord injuries, a smaller dog to carry up the stairs and on your furniture is a plus. However the personality of the elegant and almost durable standard is unparalleled. Give me a long coat female standard over a mini smooth any day of the week!

But everyone has their own judgement, preference and taste. I do believe going under 5 lbs grown to attempt to create a toy is really an insult to the breed!

How do you plan an upcoming breeding and find the right matching mating partners?

When I plan a breeding, I take into account several factors..

  1. Pedigree — this is the most important tool in any respectable dog breeding program! You must know what the possibilities are before you produce!
  2. Complementarity — what do I need to do to produce my perfect puppy? Do I need a stud with a better head for a certain female? For example a female with shorter legs to correct this… Are there any recessive colors that may produce?
  3. Weight — I always want to avoid a costly and painful C-section that could retire my bitch early so the weight does matter a lot.
  4. Color & Pattern — what is it my program is lacking that I can produce myself with my own trusted lines?
  5. Demand — what is in demand at the moment for maximum rehoming potential?

Personally I refuse to line breed dogs: to me it is the equivalent of dog inbreeding. This is difficult again if you don’t read and truly understand your pedigrees.

Many chocolate and cream Dachshunds come from one very popular background, Longdox’s Plum Crazy For Your Love. It is the same thing with the English Creams, it seems like Sniffentells Cream Of The Crop dropped his semen on every doorstep in America at one point.

How important and credible are USDA, Human Society, AKC and Vet inspections of breeding facilities? Many argue these are the same rules that allow large-scale breeding facilities?

Inspections are important but I think it’s the inspectors that we need to examine.

Yes, there are larger facilities and with proper help and attention that’s okay. But places like Missouri and Texas that breed more than 1 type of dog and have over a 100 over them, that’s when it’s more of a factory, and certainly not a responsible breeding program.

The USDA should limit this. No more than 20 bitches at any given time period! No more than 2 separate breeds at any given time… This would protect the consumer and more importantly the breed itself. It’s the inspector’s discretion that really needs to be examined and trained further.

How can dog breeders keep on breeding dogs responsibly while not losing money, is it even possible?

It’s very possible, we raise our prices to absorb the costs of a responsible program. The problem with this I think is that in today’s economy, with so many unlicensed breeders being overlooked and unpenalized, it makes sales difficult unless like me you have built an amazing reputation. With over 19 pages of happy homes we have an excellent reputation with 100 percent customer satisfaction.

Word of mouth and education about the breed are always our finest assets. That’s why we must protect them at all costs by committing to produce only the best and standing by our sales. It’s the backyard breeders that give us all a bad name.

People will pay for quality if you educate them on the importance of it. Just because you don’t plan on breeding or showing your pet doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the quality and bloodlines of one that can. Usually the more you spend in the beginning (disregarding pet stores and color factories who mix), the healthier your companion, and the less you spend in vet bills later on. Invest in the best.

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A Russian import stud-to-be to ensure new external blood and better future lines.

What decides you between two amazing potential homes for your last puppy available? What makes you really tick?

When deciding between homes, I assess the home…

Children, pets, experience, if they are closer so I can keep in contact. I want to know my puppy will be safe. That your are committed. That you have time for him or her, and that she will not be in any danger when she leaves me. I want to know you will send photos and updates. You have a solid marriage so the puppy isn’t going to be craigslisted in a divorce.

I want to know you understand everything you need to know about your puppy should you decide later on to breed. I want to know that you have no second thoughts or regrets. And that you are the right fit for my puppies’ personality.

What are the mistakes most Dachshund breeders do today and how they can fix it?

The biggest mistakes I see in dachshund breeders is mixing patterns. Every time I see a dapple piebald, I want to scream. If you cannot register it correctly it should not be bred. So many dishonest puppy mills try to pass off a double dapple as a dapple pie to hide the health issues…

And now the latest fad of blues and blue based that is causing an insane amount of alopecia in Isabella-colored and chocolates Dachshunds because of this. They are not being honest with the buyer in explaining the risks. They continue to breed these colors knowing the risk. It saddens me greatly that newbies are more interested in producing what they think as “rare” for top dollar rather than quality.

All of that, without any consequence from these inspectors. I’m sorry but if the USDA visits and see your blue bitch is bald, they should have the right to order a spay! Same thing if you are breeding double dapples, they should fine you.

Another mistake has to do with breeders claiming CKC and APRI are as good as the American Kennel Club. And of course cross breeding! Dorkies for example, what is the basis for this when a wire Dachshund is already hypoallergenic ? Are we trying to increase liver shunt and seizures with a new unimproved hybrid?

AKCDachshundNY Award
“We have won many contests.” Doreen Biasi

What are the common medical issues affecting Dachshunds and how to screen them?

Well the double dapples are prone to blindness and deafness, and many are being born without eyes! The aforementioned coat colors have alopecia and constant dry skin.

Some dachshunds have progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) which you can test for in advance to avoid early blindness. There is the issue of spinal injuries due to the size and shape of the beloved dachshund. Liver shunt is higher in wire coats.

Lastly, what decides you between two amazing potential homes for your last puppy available? What makes you really tick?

When deciding between homes, I assess the home…

Children, pets, experience, if they are closer so I can keep in contact. I want to know my puppy will be safe. That your are committed. That you have time for him or her, and that she will not be in any danger when she leaves me. I want to know you will send photos and updates. You have a solid marriage so the puppy isn’t going to be craigslisted in a divorce.

I want to know you understand everything you need to know about your puppy should you decide later on to breed. I want to know that you have no second thoughts or regrets. And that you are the right fit for my puppies’ personality.

We love to talk Dachshund and educate you so call anytime whether you are a new breeder who needs a midwife or a client.

14 comments on « Dachshund Interview w/ Doreen Biasi From AKC Dachshund NY »

  1. As someone who has met Doreen Biasi in person, I can vouch for this breeder. She truly loves her dogs and takes very good care of them. I would never buy a dog from anyone else. When you know the best why settle for the rest?

  2. How much does a miniature long hair cost? Don’t know if it feasible for us. Would d o a rescue but th e y seem to all be bred with other breeds. Had two mini doxies. Love them.

  3. I’m so impressed with your interview. Your comment about breeding down to mini-mini size is right on. I’m in love with the standard short hair — Have always had one in our home for 40 years, and just recently lost my beloved Juri, a standard with glossy red coat. He looked just like the Russian stud-to-be you’ve pictured. (Seriously !)

    I’m searching for a standard shorthair. You offer hope that they are still available in NY. I’ve been very unlucky so far.

  4. Myself & my Family have purchased 3 Dachshunds from akcdachshundny over the years. They are so addicting. I am so happy to see Doreen get some recognition for the outstanding job she does, With every puppy we received a “to die for” puppy kit! fully loaded and a healthy well mannered puppy. Bella we bought in 2009 and she was housebroken within 3 days! at only 8 weeks old!. Domino we purchased within the year for the discount and we were nervous about a male but Doreen held our hand throughout the entire process. And to our delight he too was trained within a week. Struddel, My sister bought and she too was so satisfied. Esp getting a discount just for knowing us and that was 2 years later. All of them are complimented on wherever we go. They love children and other dogs at the park. They rarely bark which is important because my husband and I live in an apt in NYC, Our vet is so impressed with how beautiful they are. He thinks I should show them. I have to stop in and get some cards to hand out. This is who every breeder should strive to be. This is a woman who KNOWS what customer satisfaction is.So worth the added expense going to a reputable breeder & having full faith and security.I would never purchase from anyone else. I hope You are still Breeding in 15 yrs when these babies cross over so we can come back to you. God bless you Doreen, and thank you for bringing so many families together.

    1. Such a beautiful message Laura. I made sure she reads it asap. Thank you for taking the time to share your story with Doreen. Best wishes with your doggies! :)

      Lazhar

  5. I am so touched guys! You are so sweet.give the doggies kisses from their first mommy. This is why you meet your breeder and don’t buy online and ship. So u can stay apart of each other’s hearts. Thank you

  6. I had searched all over for a Breeder and found that in NYS Doreen Truly is the ONLY state licensed Dachshund Breeder who can show you their license. This was very important to me because the security in buying from a licensed breeder is important.My beloved late Daisy was from a breeder who claimed to be licensed so you can imagine that when my puppy got liver shunt at 12 weeks and had to be putdown I was devestated. The breeder I wont name is from upstate. I traveled 3 hours from NYC to get my puppy. When I called in tears she was nasty and told me that her health guarantee does not cover liver shunt its not congentical. I paid $1500 for a puppy I only had 3 weeks. and another $1000 at the er vet. Well it was after the 14 day NYS lemon law but I took her to small claims court and she did not show. I won but ill never see a dime. I have no way to enforce it. That was in 2013. Still no money. I found Doreen at akcdachshundny through a referral. I was devestated. it was only days since she had passed. She told me to report her. I explained that she lied about a license and thats when Doreen educated me on how the License legally must appear in all ads and websites Had she been licensed NYS could have helped me and she would have had something to lose..Now I know.
    Doreen could not believe she did not even offer me a replacement puppy.. She and I spoke for about 3 hours. She was so angry that this happened to me that she offered me one of her pups half off as long as I promised to send pictures.. And I still do. When I heard about her cancer I was devestated for her last year. But when you look..Its the same people on her forever homes website photos that donated to help keep the business and house alive while she fought for her life. I think that says alot right there about the bonds she forms with her clients. I sent gift cards to help. When I was browsing her page I saw this blog, and what people had written and I was compelled to sit down and tell my story. She deserves to be nominated for most caring honest breeder. I have looked around for a yorkie to play with my Dachshund Chilli, and if I dont see a license on the website I dont care how cute or cheap, I move on. Take it from me. Doreen is worth the wait. I want to just get another doxie instead of a yorkie.But the Hubby wants one.
    Doreen if you see this you are still in my prayers and I’ll be sure to put a review up on your page. God bless you and your family, I know you blessed ours!

  7. I cannot express how wonderful Doreen is,not only honest and ethical as a breeder but once she welcomes you into her dachshund family she becomes your friend. I purchased my puppy from Doreen in 2005. He was 8 weeks old.not my first dog but my first dachshund.Doreen educated me about the breed for hours on the phone helping me decide the right fit. I had buddy for a month when my son left our back deck gate open and Buddy accidentally fell down the stair and broke his leg in 3 places. I called Doreen from the emergency vet hospital here in Scranton, Pa. It was late on a Friday night in the summer. Before I knew it 2 hours later Doreen was there! With her 2 children and her newborn. I was so relieved to see her. I was hysterical. She held my hand and told me single moms need each other. I could not afford the vet bill. It was $8000. So Doreen vouched for me.if she had not done that I would have had to put him down and my kids would have hated me. But Doreen would not let that happen. She worked out a payment plan with the vet and I was able to pay it off over a few payments and then when my tax check came that spring. Doreen was so happy that I did the right thing that she gave my parents a puppy later that year. She told me anyone that loves animals as much as we do deserves to someone to love. And she said since I spent $8000, actually she negotiated it down to about $7200 I deserved another pup. This is the type of person she is.our puppies are now 11 years old. And they have been the best dogs in the world. I know vet prices have gone up and the cost of a purebred has gone up so I am saving my money for when the time comes to add another to our family. My kids are now off to college and it is just me and my fur babies.
    I can tell you I would NEVER even consider a puppy from another breeder.You will NEVER find one who cares as much as Doreen Does. She is worth every Penny!! I would rather spend more now then more later. She promised me to always be here for my dog and she has kept that promise. No other breeder would have done what she has done.

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