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Von Zioli Kennels is situated just outside Bloemfontein, in the Free State Province of beautiful South Africa.


We specialise in breeding miniature smooth hair dachshunds and in 2011 we also started breeding with miniature longhairs by acquiring the wonderful Canadian CH Sniffntells Wroyal Vivacious PRA cord 1 CLEAR as our foundation sire in this exciting new venture.

Every breeding is carefully planned, taking into consideration each parent’s strengths and faults so that we can match them up with the best mate possible.  We have some outstanding babies here that sport impressive pedigrees and are great specimens of the Dachshund breed. We never add a family member spontaneously or out of compulsion, lots of thought and research goes into each member here. We want the best so that we can give you the best.

We have imported breeding stock from the UK, USA and Canada for our breeding program, combining them with our carefully selected home bred babies..  Our aim is to breed world class dachsies good enough for the show ring but also as loving companions.  We currently have 2 Von Zioli Bred babies showing in Ireland (longhair) and Holland (smooth coat).  

There is no such thing as “the perfect dachshund” but we sure do try to come close. We like to see lots of bone structure for a more sound and well put together dog along with a nice head, ear set, deep chest, almond shaped eyes and of course those low to the ground legs. We love the lush coats in our longhairs and the sleek silky look in our smooth coats.

Our main aim is to breed sound dachshunds with lovely temperaments by raising our puppies in our home with the loving help of my two children.  Families often acquire a 2nd and even a 3rd Von Zioli puppy – an amazing statement in itself.  

We have exported pups all over the world, from the Americas, Australia, Europe to Tailand.  There are also many dachsies in many African countries – an usually easy export from RSA.

All our dogs are PRA cord 1 tested!

We are proud of our dachsies and delight in our dogs!