Welcome to our new Calista Dachshunds website and virtual home for Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds.

Helping new and prospective people to the longhaired miniature dachshund with information is one of our goals. Whether on the phone, at a Northwest all-breed show or specialty, or now on the internet, we enjoy talking about dogs and dachshunds in particular! For new, old, and perhaps future friends in this delightful, dashing and dapper breed, our website exchanges information about our longhaired miniature dachshunds, future breeding and show prospects, and reminisce about our foundation dogs of Calista.

Both my husband Ken and I have always had dogs in our families when we were growing up. My family had a dachshund that was never far away from me. Ken’s family had miniature poodles. Ken hunts upland birds and water fowl so he moved to sporting dogs. After we were married, we bought our first Labrador retriever. We raised and worked our Labradors for 12 yrs. We did field trials and hunt tests, putting various titles on our dogs over the years. In 1995, I decided that I wanted to go back to my first breed, the dachshund and compete in conformation. After over a year of searching, we met Mary Dowski of Car-Rae Kennels. She sold us our first conformation puppy a longhaired miniature dachshund; Ch. Car-Raes Calista Magic ML. Callie and I learned the show ring together, fortunately she learned faster than I did! Later, I bought another miniature dachshund puppy from Mary, Ch. Car-Raes Baby Ruth. Both became AKC Champions and completed as a brace team for over three years in which they received multiple Best Brace in Show awards. We have several Champions now, some were purchased as puppies, the others we have bred ourselves. I enjoy showing dogs and especially those of our breeding. Showing to us is the teamwork and trust that is built between the dog and the handler. We hope you enjoy our website and our wonderful dachshunds.

Please contact us at any time if you have questions about our dogs, puppy inquiries, available miniature longhaired home raised and trained adult dachshunds, PRA Clear dogs for stud to approved bitches, or about our future breeding program of Calista Dachshunds.

Michaelle Sande
AKC Breeder of Merit
Calista’s Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds
Hayden, Idaho, USA