Why a breeder?
Why not rescue?
This is certainly a valid concern, and one that I hope I can further address.
When considering purchasing a puppy from myself or any other breeder, please read this first.
Check your local shelter and rescue groups first - even if you don't think it's the way you want to go... just go look. YES shelter and rescues dogs MIGHT take a little more work, but there are many purebred doxies, even puppies, in the shelters and, of course, in the dachshund rescue groups that are perfectly good dogs!
Now, if you're going to go to a breeder, you should be going for the following reasons. If you're NOT going for these reasons, go to a shelter or a rescue group!
1) You want a dachshund that is true to the personality and conformation of the AKC standard
2) You want to know the background of the puppy - parents, grandparents, health problems, etc.
3) You want a health guarantee - this comes from breeders having done the research into their lines and the health testing to GUARANTEE against problems.
4) You want a personal relationship with the breeder - who can answer all of your questions any time you need them answered!
If going to a breeder is what you want to do that's fantastic. Shelters/Rescues vs. Reputable Breeders is like comparing apples to oranges... They are two completely different things. One is not better or worse than the other, the adopter simply has different wants and expectations.