- A responsible breeder will provide a pedigree, health records and feeding instructions. There will also be a sales contract which obligates you to return the dog to the breeder if you cannot continue to care for it at any time during its life, rather than abandoning the dog or placing it in a shelter.
- A responsible breeder will spend time with you answering your questions, especially regarding care and feeding, pedigree, and health issues.
- A responsible breeder will spend time interviewing you to determine how the puppy will be kept (e.g. fenced yard, sleeping arrangements, etc.) The presence of other animals, the presence of children, and other circumstances involving the well-being of the puppy. A responsible breeder is more concerned about the welfare of the puppy than about selling you a puppy, and this concern will be readily apparent in discussions with you.
- A responsible breeder will probably insist that you neuter your pet puppy.
- A responsible breeder will welcome a visit to the kennel or home before committing to the purchase and will enthusiastically show you all of the dogs and puppies so that you can see the type of dogs he/she breeds.
- A responsible breeder will not ask you for a deposit before you have seen the puppy.
- A responsible breeder will not hesitate to recommend another breed to you if it is felt that the dachshund is not the right breed for you.
- A responsible breeder will not hesitate to recommend you to another responsible breeder if he/she does not have the right puppy for you.