Sunrise Dachshunds is located in beautiful Puerto Rico, a US Territory in the Carribean off the coast of Florida.
Valerio Hernandez-Colon, right, and Juan Fussa together are Sunrise Dachshunds.

Val first had his start in dogs showing and breeding Boxers.  In 1994 he decided he would like a smaller breed. 
His first Dachshund came from Coamex Kennels, well known on the island for their quality Dachshunds.
"Fabiola" is that first Dachshund's name and she is still with Val and going strong at 12 years of age.  She's officially known as Puerto Rican, International, Latin American, Las Americas, Caribbean & 1997 World Champion
EJ'sCoamex Red Poinssettia MS.  What a mouthful!  More important to Valerio is that she is the dam, granddam and great-granddam of bench Champions as well as the granddam and great-granddam of an ever-increasing number of Field Champions in the United States.

Later on, after Fabiola finished her show career, she needed to have a companion.  Val started looking around for a nice male and found that Add-Sim's Kennel was just around the corner in Florida.  Cliff Simones and Robbie Addison, the stewards of Add-Sim's, since have guided Valerio and helped him with everything he wished or dreamed.
From Cliff and Robbie, Valerio purchased "Charlie", BISS CH Add-Sim's Good Time Charlie.  Charlie was 4 years old and already a finished Champion, having completed that title as an 8 month old.  He was Val's first Special, winning many Best of Varieties and  Best In Specialty Shows over #1 US dogs in all coats handled exclusively by Valerio. Charlie produced, and is still producing, many beautiful dogs that shine in the ring and/or the field in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.  He is the sire of #1 Mini Smooth in 2005, Multiple Group Winning CH Sunrise Valerie MS.
His last win after completing the requirements for his ROMX award was Best Stud Dog at the NMDC National Specialty 2005.

Having such an amazing dog as Charlie meant that he deserved to be bred to outstanding bitches.  Sandy Golemb, of Rosan Hill Dachshunds in Wisconsin, gave Val the opportunity of breeding to some tightly linebred bitches related to Fabiola.  Those bitches from Sandy have produced many Champions for Sunrise. At the Dachshund Club of America National Specialty in 1999, Valerio met Guy Jeavons and Mark McMillan from South Africa.  They had just relocated to Canada with some fine Dachshunds from English and International bloodlines.  These dogs have blended very beautifully with Valerio's American and Canadian lines.

Sunrise dogs are not just the ideal of what a correct, useful and beautiful dachshund should be but also a tribute to the work of the breeders of their ansestors.  Without the vision of show breeders like Sharon Varty (Pawprints) and Hannelore Heller (Han-Jo's), among others, miniature Dachshunds would not be what they are today....little dogs that can go toe to toe with the standards in both the show ring and the field and finish with a BANG!









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