Breeding and Registration
The process of breeding dachshunds that are eligible for DTK pedigrees is highly regulated. Following are some requirements:
- A breeder has to be a member of the DTK and he/she has to register his/her kennel with the DTK. A proposed kennel name is published in Der Dachshund and in the Teckel-“breed book”. A breeder is allocated a code, which will be used for tattooing puppies.
- Both parents, dam and sire, of the prospective litter must meet breeding eligibility criteria: a conformation rating and a negative eye exam for PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and cataracts are examples.
- A breeder has to report a litter to the Breed Warden. The Breed Warden will inspect the litter when the puppies are between 8 and 12 weeks of age. He/she will also tattoo the puppies at the same time.