Dachshunds, often nicknamed "wiener dogs," are a breed of dog with short legs and long bodies. Dachshunds come in a wide variety of color and coat patterns, but dapple dachshunds are single colored with spots. As long as the dog has a single spot, it is considered a dapple dachshund. The price of a dapple dachshund puppy will depend on the puppy's characteristics and where you purchase the puppy. Dachshunds are considered a reputable breed and command a slightly higher price than the average breed of dog. In general, female puppies are slightly more expensive than male puppies.
According to the Petfinder website in 2011, breeders will sell dapple dachshund puppies for anywhere from $200 to $1,000. The price of the puppy will vary depending on the puppy's characteristics and the quality of the parents. If both of the parents have papers, the puppy will command a much higher premium. Puppies with blue eyes, partially blue eyes, or one blue and one brown eye are nondesirable in kennel clubs and will command a lower premium. A high-end breeder will test the parents of the puppy for genetic problems, provide papers for the puppy and ensure the puppy has the proper vaccinations. Breeders who are registered with the American Kennel Club will charge more than unregistered breeders.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $4,000 for a puppy from your local pet shop states the the Dogster website in 2011. However, buying from a pet shop is generally considered to be a bad deal and frowned upon by animal enthusiasts. Typically, pet shop animals are not given the same level of care as they would receive with a breeder, even though the prices are comparable. As well, many pet shops purchase their puppies from puppy mills, which are infamous for inhumane treatment of animals, so animal advocates discourage buyers from purchasing from pet shops.
Dachshund Rescue Groups
Dachshund rescue groups are not-for-profit organizations that specialize in dachshund adoption. Rescue groups obtain their dachshunds from a variety of sources, including animal shelters and individuals that weren't able to locate an owner for their puppy. Most puppies from a rescue group won't be certified but the group usually sterilizes and vaccinates the puppies before putting them up for adoption. In 2011, a dapple dachshund puppy from the Dallas Fort Worth Dachshund Club, a Texas-based rescue group, cost $250.
Purchasing a dapple dachshund from an animal shelter is generally the cheapest price and best value if you aren't concerned with buying a registered puppy. When you purchase a shelter puppy, the animal shelter will sterilize the puppy, provide vaccinations and a vet checkup. However, these costs are subsidized by the government and private donations, so the cost is fairly low. For example, in October 2011, the County of San Diego animal shelter charged a $69 adoption fee for puppies. However, animal shelters won't necessarily have a dapple dachshund at any given time, so you must be diligent in checking their listings.