1. How long have you been involved with this breed / variety of the breed?
Since 1988, we have previously been involved with American cockers and other hound breeds since 1966.
2. Can you tell me about the history of your breeds?
Yes, we can tell you about the breeds history and have published this information on our homepage.
3. How long have you been an owner of your breeds?
Dachshunds – 28 years (2016)
American Cockers – 16 years (2000)
4. How long have you been a Breeder of your chosen breeds?
Our first litter of Dachshunds was born on May 21st 1989, and we are hoping to breed our Americans in 2016.
5. How many litters do you typically have each year?
We have no more than three litters in a twelve month period, usually one from each breed or variety.
6. Which breed clubs do you belong to?
Zara has held office on the ‘Cambrian Dachshund Club’ and due to that position she has sat on the Dachshund Breed Council during this time she was a sub committee member of the Health and Education section.
All of us have been members of all breed clubs at some point since we became involved in the breed.
7. Do you participate in breed rescue or support their efforts?
We have been involved in the rescue of 51 dogs so far should we be asked to assist them again, it would be given paramount priority.
8. What is the average life expectancy?
The average life expectancy is 14 years.
9. What health problems does the breed suffer from?
Miniature Long haired dachshunds are health screened for GPRA, (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), this is now controlled by the use of a DNA test.
- Results vary, but you will be quite safe with a carrier or clear result.
Long haired dachshunds do not require any health screening.
All six varieties have a weakness to IVDD (Inter vertebral Disc Disease) but some bloodlines/varieties have less than others.
The American Cocker Spaniel (ACS) breed suffers from several eye conditions that range in severity and are well documented within the breed. Conditions that are currently certified under the British Veterinary Association KC/ISDS eye scheme include hereditary cataract (HC), glaucoma, retinal dysplasia and generalised progressive retinal atrophy. Clinically, the ACS also frequently presents with distichiasis, corneal lipidosis and dry eye. These conditions are seen during a BVA eye examination but they are not certified under the scheme.
HC in the ACS has a very variable age of onset and clinical presentation, with cataracts occurring in different parts of the lens, and there is often dissimilarity between the two eyes. For this reason, and because the possible genetic mechanism causing HC in the ACS is currently unknown, any type of cataract in the ACS has to be considered hereditary. HC in the ACS, although variable, can be blinding, so it is very important for dogs to undergo regular yearly eye examinations throughout their lives to allow early diagnosis and appropriate management.
10. What successes have you had when showing your Dogs?
We are very proud to have been awarded Top Honours on many occasions with a number of generations of all the breeds that we have owned over the years, there is a list of honours on this website of some of our most memorable.
11. Which Shows do you typically exhibit at?
We exhibit at Championship Show (highest level)
12. Will you be showing any of this litter?
As we usually breed for ourselves, it is very likely that we shall be exhibiting a puppy from each litter.
13. Do you withold UK registration on pet puppies, if so for what reason?
No, we do not withhold registration on pet puppies it is their birth certificate and besides this contravenes the UK KC rules.
14. What endorsements, if any do you put on the puppy's KC papers?
In order to protect the guardianship of the breed, our bloodlines, all of our dogs are sold with the UK Kennel Club endorsements.
1. Not for Breeding
2. Not for Export
Any puppies sold to prospective show homes will be assessed for show potential prior to the sale and will also be endorsed as stated.
For further details of our requirements in this regard, please click this link.
15. Why did you breed this particular litter?
We bred the litter to produce dogs which are both beautiful, functional and most importantly sound in mind.
16. How many of these puppies are you keeping yourself?
We try to only keep one from a litter, certainly we keep no more than two, one of each sex.
17. How much excercise do your dogs get and how much will my puppy need?
Long haired require about 20 minutes per day, Miniature longs about ten to fifteen minutes daily.
Americans can cope with half an hour daily, but love to play ball all day long.
18. Can you tell me one negative aspect of this breed / breeding, even if it is relatively insignificant?
Now this one is hard, miniature longs tend to be more noisy than there larger cousins, however the larger cousins can be chewers.
Americans can be possesive if allowed, particolours need to be extra well socialised.
19. Did you take this into consideration when you bred your bitch?
No, neither of the negativity has affected our breeding decisions, besides we take these negativities into account when rearing the puppies.
20. What is your policy toward a dog of your breeding which may someday need to be returned / rehomed?
We will always take one of own back at home, this is part of our condition of sale and contract of adoption.
21. What innoculations do you routinely give your puppies and at what age are puppies released to their new owners?
We usually allow pet puppies to leave at 8 weeks, and we work toward this as a general rule as it is a UK law these days, occasionally some may need to stay up to a further month for development assessments bearing in mind we breed to keep for exhibition.
We prefer to use homeopathic inoculations on our puppies here from six weeks old, thus allowing people to visit their own veterinarian and have their puppies inoculated conventionally if they wish to, this way the puppy is injected from the same batch of vaccine and by the same veterinarian.
22. If indicated by breed information, do you health screen for any congenial / hereditary diseases? if so what are they?
Yes, we do health screen.
Please see Q9 for further information.
23. What written information on diet and rearing do you provide?
You will receive all relevant information in the ‘Puppy Pack’ at the time of sale.
This will include
- UK KC Registration Documents
- Worming Sheet
- Diet Sheet
- Shopping List
- Grooming Advice
24. Will you be willing to offer advice and help in raising this dog if we have any questions or are uncertain about specific training methods?
Yes, we offer a lifetime 24/7 support for each and every puppy we breed.
25. Would you describe them as generally outgoing or somewhat reserved?
The dachshund is Faithful, versatile and good tempered.
The American cocker is biddable, good tempered, fun and agile.
26. Do you provide any incentives to buyers for spaying / neutering this dog / bitch?
if you intend to spay a bitch, then we feel you would be better off with a male! In our experience males make better pets as females are quite independent.
As to neutering a male why would you want to risk their lives under anesthetic unless it was life threatening.
27. Could you refer us to someone who has baught a dog from you?
Yes, there are testimonials from previous happy Zarcrest owners that would all be happy for me to contact them and ask if they can telephone you for an informal chat.
28. Is the sire of this dog in the area, if you do not own him...and, if so, could you arrange for us to see him?
We would be happy to contact the stud dog owner and get them to telephone you for an informal chat where you can ask if a visit can be arranged.
29. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this breed as a family pet?
On average they would be a 10, otherwise we would not have them ourselves.
30. What is the next step if i want to purchase from you?
There are two steps to proceed.
- We ask you to complete the form below in as much detail as possible, if we are happy with your answers we inform you that we are happy to proceed, or we may ask you some further questions.
- You would be expected to pay 30% of the full purchase price as a non-refundable deposit to secure your puppy and make an appointment with us to collect around the age of eight weeks this is the minimum age the law allows a puppy to leave its mother.
PUPPY SALES ENQUIRY FORM
We request the following information because, We really care about our dogs and the homes they go to and hope you will appreciate just how difficult at times this can be. Thank You for your co-operation.
YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
Country if not the United Kingdom:
Landline Tel #:
Mobile Tel #:
YOUR PROPERTY DETAILS
Your Property is a:
Your Location is: Rural / Non-Rural
Does the property have its own secure rear garden?
Please State the Approx measurements of your rear garden?
Please tell us a little about your family:
How and by what method did you come to make contact?
Please state who the puppy is for:
What Age is this person?
Does this person Work? Yes / No
If so please provide more details including working days and hours.
Do you require your puppy for: Pet Only / Breeding / Showing
Please state intended puppy accommodation: Indoor / Outdoor
What breed, variety and size do you seek?
Do you require a specific colour?
if yes, please state in order of your preference
Do you require a: Boy / Girl
Do you have an objection to a puppy having a show specific fault?
if yes please tell us why
Do you require to purchase a puppy without ‘KENNEL CLUB’ endorsements?
if yes please indicate which is objectionable to you and why.
A) Not eligible for issue of an export pedigree
B) Not eligible to be bred from
Have you had a Dachshund/American before?
Have you had any experience of Dachshund/Americans?
if yes please tell us more
Why do you want a Dachshund/American?
What made you settle on the Dachshund/American breed?
Do You own any other pets?
If yes, please tell us more
What do you expect from your puppy and / its breed characteristics?
Could you provide contact details below for two reference(s) if needed.
In what capacity do you know this person and for how long?
In what capacity do you know this person and for how long?
Please make sure you have checked that these persons are happy to speak to us in this matter.
PLEASE SIGN AND DATE
A 25% deposit will be requested if your application for a puppy is accepted. This will be non returnable in all circumstances.
PROOF OF IDENTITY
You may be requested to provide photo proof of identity and / or your address at the time of a sale, please take any such proof with you.
You may be required to complete a sales contract at the time of sale, please check with the individual breeder prior to purchase
A pdf copy can be downloaded here
THE FOLLOWING IS A CHECKLIST FOR THE POTENTIAL CUSTOMER
• Kennel Club Registration / Pedigree
• Breed Health Screening Results/Information
• Worming Programme
• Permanent ID of animal (Now Law) and first vaccine
• 24/7 Lifetime Support
• Five Weeks Insurance Cover
• General Puppy Information Sheet
• Puppy Pack Containing Food