Buddies Breeder – Hayley McDonough
We recently caught up with Buddies breeder, Hayley McDonough, who is based in Chester. We asked her a few questions to find out more about her love and knowledge of an extremely popular breed.
What is your breed of choice?
‘Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund.’
How Long have you been breeding for?
‘My partner Dave and I have been breeding Miniature Dachshunds for 5 years now. We are KC registered under ‘McBellistar Dachshunds’. We have 3 Smooth Haired girls named Dolly, Delilah and Maggie.’
Why this breed?
‘My love for the breed began years prior to me breeding. Although miniature in size, they are the opposite when it comes to character. They are great with children and other breeds of dog.’
What is the best thing about the breed?
‘They are low maintenance in terms of grooming. They will walk for miles but are equally as happy to snooze on the sofa. They love burying under blankets and playing ball too.
What is the worst thing about the breed?
‘Stereotypically, they aren’t a fan of wet weather and it takes some persuasion to get them out in the rain, perhaps this is because their tummies get wet from long grass and puddles. Being a hound breed, they do like to chase, so squirrels, pigeons and even leaves in the wind should beware!’
What is the best thing about being a breeder?
‘We thoroughly enjoy bringing Dachshund puppies into the world. Our girls are amazing mums and we are blessed that they all muck in with mummy duties when needed.
We run a busy family home and are confident that we give all our litters the best start in life. We are thorough in our search for their forever homes and keep in regular contact with our puppy families. We have repeat business from our puppy owners and take care to ensure we place the right puppy personality within the right environment to suit.
We have a Facebook group dedicated to our puppy owners, and often arrange group walks and meet ups. We even offer a holiday option for our puppies when their new families are away or in need of a little break.’
What is the worst thing about being a breeder?
‘The bit I find most difficult about being a breeder is the potential new owners not understanding how much goes into the process behind the scenes and on a day to day basis.
We get very attached to our pups and do find it hard to see them leave, however, we make sure they all go to the best homes, so it’s never a worry, we just miss them playing around our feet. It’s also heartbreaking when we have complications or lose a pup.’
How many litters do you have each year?
‘We only breed once or twice a year and all of our puppies go to their new home with an insurance policy from our insurance provider of choice, Buddies. Their policy documents are well equipped with all the relevant information new puppy owners need and we receive the friendliest, professional service from the Buddies team whenever we get in touch.’
If you could have any other breed, what would it be?
‘If I could breed another breed, it would be a Samoyed, however we’d definitely need a bigger house for that.’
We think Hayley’s Dachshunds are absolutely gorgeous and we are super thankful to her for sharing her love of the breed with us.