AKC-Registered Wirehaired Dachshunds
and German Shorthaired Pointers
Becca, the foundation Dam in our breeding program
At Epiphany Performance Canines (EPC), our primary goal is to better the breeds on which we focus according to ability, structure, and temperament.
Just as importantly, though, we want our puppies to grow into well-adjusted family members. That's why we raise all of our puppies in our home, exposing them to lots of different sounds and situations from their very first days.
In our opinion, one of the biggest problems dog owners generally face with their pets is lack of socialization. The most impressionable period of a puppy's life is its first 2 - 12 weeks, meaning that the majority of the puppy's socialization falls in the breeders hands. That's why we make sure to utilize this point in your puppy’s life to its fullest potential.
Specifics about EPC puppies
At EPC, we like to keep our puppies until they are 9-weeks old. This accomplishes a couple of things:
- It gives the puppies longer to socialize with their siblings
- It allows us to get the puppy’s second DHPP vaccine on board, which is one less thing that you have to do!
Puppy from the 2012 litter
In addition to the DHPP vaccination, we perform a variety of other precautions and evaluations including:
- We microchip all of our puppies with AVID microchips. The paperwork for this chip will accompany your puppy home. Also, we remove our puppies' dew claws when they are 2-3 days old. We do this because hunting breeds have a higher likelihood of catching their dew claws on obstacles in the field. This is also convenient for you, because you'll have two less nails to trim (and the dew claws are the two nails most likely to overgrow, since they don't make contact with the ground).
- We dock our German Shorthaired Pointer puppies' tails to 40% of their original length when they are 2 - 3 days old, which is standard for the breed.
- Our puppies are dewormed at 2, 4, and 6-weeks old, with either Strongid or Panacur. Fecal Floatations/parasite screens are done at 4 weeks and 8 weeks to insure that we use the appropriate anthelmintic.
- At 6 and 9-weeks old (also at 12(+rabies vaccine) and 16-weeks old), puppies receive an examination by our veterinarian and a DHPP vaccine.
- At 8-weeks old, we vaccinate our puppies for Bordatella (Kennel Cough).
All of our puppies come with health guarantees, which we explain in detail in the breeder’s contract.
All of our puppies are eligible for AKC registration. We sell our puppies on limited registration, unless you make specific arrangements with us. Limited registration means that the dog is not sold for breeding purposes. We do this for several reasons:
Cate, one of our AKC award winners
- Even in the most prestigious breeding programs, some puppies are not good breeding candidates.
- Dogs that are selected for breeding should have complete health screens done to help prevent hereditary health problems from the breed. Clearances include, but are not limited to: Hip, Elbow, and Shoulder OFA clearances. These OFA Clearances may not be submitted before two years of age.
- For maturity purposes, among others, dogs should not be bred under two years of age.
- Owners who plan to breed their dogs should not do so lightly. To breed is to take responsibility for every dog produced for the entirety of that dog’s life, and to be extensively educated on midwifery of dogs and the health and veterinary needs of the puppies.
Full registration can be obtained on a EPC dog at the breeder’s discretion under the following conditions:
- Dogs must be at least two years old, and have an OFA Hip certification of Excellent or Good and Shoulder and Elbow OFA Certifications of Normal.
- Dogs must have completed at least an AKC Junior Hunter/Junior Earth Dog or Companion Dog title.
- Pictures (stacked profile, front, rear, and head shot) of the dog, at two years old or older, must be submitted to the breeder.