Welcome to Crème of the Crop Dachshunds!
We specialize in breeding luxurious platinum blonde ee (Clear) Longhair English Cream Miniature Dachshunds from AKC breeding stock. We also offer other popular cream colors: Shaded Creams, Cream Piebalds, Cream Dapple Piebalds, and Cream Dapples. We are a small home-based breeder that only has a few litters per year. We’re located in the little quaint town of Franklin, Texas which is located in Central Texas. I have owned dachshunds all of my life, but saw my first English Cream after retiring from teaching and fell hopelessly in love with them. Their breathtaking beauty is mesmerizing; I still can’t take my eyes away as I see them playing in the backyard with their fully flagged tails. They stand out from all my other dachshunds like royalty. They are our pride and joy! All of my dachshunds were chosen as pets first and live in our homes. Our three adult children are grown, and now we dote on our precious dachshunds lavishing them with the love and attention they deserve. They aren’t just pets; they have our hearts! Our mission is to lovingly breed and raise our idea of the perfect Dream Crème (beauty, great temperament, and excellent health) to be loving pets from our hearts and home to yours. Our stellar English Cream Miniature Dachshunds are the highest quality with exceptional pedigrees with British and Canadian Champion Lineages going back 5 generations. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and love talking about our “Dream Crème” English Cream Miniature Dachshunds and our breeding program!
FROM OUR Crème of the Crop Dachshunds Family
We love Leslie and Creme of the Crop Dachshunds! This was our first experience working with a breeder, and she made the whole process so easy! I think what stands out to me most is that not only do you get the cutest puppy, but Leslie shares her wealth of knowledge, experience and advice long after you take your puppy home! We are so in love with our Luca, and we are so thankful for all of Leslie and Sam’s hard work to help families get their perfect puppy! Even after getting our Luca, we also love that we can still watch the cameras and keep up with all the other dogs at Creme of the Crop Dachshunds!
~ Katie M., Florida
Enough can’t be said about Leslie and Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. We had researched several English Cream Dachshund breeders and knew we made the right decision from the first conversation with Leslie almost a year ago.
It is evident in every conversation, social media post, and visit to her home how much Leslie cares for every single one of her dogs. Her puppy nursery is immaculate, beautiful, and full of love. She goes above and beyond to ensure that each puppy goes to the perfect home. We are so happy to have met someone so knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. To this date, we still keep in touch, and Leslie is more than willing to answer questions.
Thank you Leslie! You have blessed us with the most amazing addition to our family - our beautiful boy Bailey. We highly recommended Creme of the Crop Dachshunds for those wanting a quality breed and a wonderful experience all around!
~ Carol & Richie, Tampa, Florida
Crème of the Crop Dachunds ,
Leslie Grier Urso is the most amazing breeder of ee English Cream Miniature Dachshunds you will ever find. These are the most well adjusted, sweet tempered little dogs I have ever encountered anywhere . From the beginning, I knew what to expect with the dog, the facility, and with the breeder Leslie. The dogs come first! Their care and health are the most important aspects of the experience, and it shows in the animal. I picked up Magnolia Grace on Friday; she never whimpered, cried or barked on the 2 hour ride home. Once home, she ate, walked outside with me and started her new life as easily as it could be. Leslie checked on us that afternoon and evening, and she is still checking on us about 3 times a day to make sure she is eating, taking her vitamins and not having any adjustment issues . Aside from being the most beautiful ee English Creams I have ever seen, they are the best! I am so lucky I found Leslie and she is the type of breeder with integrity, knowledge, and love of these dogs. I highly recommend her and Crème of the Crop Miniature Dachshunds for anyone interested in owning one. She places the right dog with the right home after careful evaluation and consideration. Thank you Leslie!
~ Valerie G., The Woodland, Texas
Over the past several months, it seems we have been surrounded with an unusual amount of bad news during very trying times. On Thursday, August 26th our household experienced a NEW SPARK OF JOY. That was the day we became the parents of a little blonde beauty named Cesare. We were astounded to see the sheer happiness this precious little dog could infuse in our lives. Bonding was the goal in our first encounter, but our relationship is more than a bond. She has become a part of our lives. She adores Rita, the lady of the house. This little bundle shadows Rita and is happiest when in her lap. Cesare tolerates me because I am a friend of Rita’s…Ha!
After seeing Leslie Urso’s home which includes witnessing her special love for dogs and reading the comments from many of you that have acquired pets from Crème of the Crop, it occurs to me that others are experiencing the same joy that has come to our home. How can this be? These beautiful little dogs are coming from a loving, caring environment. Their well-being is attended to with love and without reservation. The result is a loving pet that has an enormous amount of love to give.
We thank Leslie for giving these sweet little pets such a wonderful start in their lives.
Know that we are grateful,
~ Wayne & Rita R., Abilene, Texas
I can’t say enough good things about Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. Leslie was amazing from start to finish. She constantly kept me updated with puppy pictures and status! She was ALWAYS available to answer my calls and went above and beyond to answer my questions. I was so nervous to buy from a breeder so far away, but the experience was nothing less than amazing. As for my puppies, well let the picture speak for itself! They are amazingly beautiful and perfectly healthy babies. Even though our puppies are home, Leslie still cares. She’s always checking in and being helpful! Leslie loves all of her babies, and her passion and commitment shows. I love the fact that my puppies came from a loving and clean home and weren’t shoved in a cage and neglected to be socialized. Let me tell you the process was so great I ended up with two!! I am so glad to have met Leslie, and I now consider her more than just a breeder but a friend!
~ Ashley P., Pennsylvania
As a newly married couple, my wife and I thought the best way to start our life together would be to finally get a new puppy. After several conversations on whether we would get a golden retriever or a dachshund, we happened upon Crème of the Crop Dachsunds by way of compromise. Leslie made the puppy experience one that we will never forget. From the moment we signed the puppy contracts, the excitement continued all the way through birth and is continuing today. Leslie Urso was extremely communicative throughout the entire process and can educate puppy families on all things dachsunds both before and after picking up the puppy. If you are in search for the most incredible addition to your family, don’t hesitate to reach out to Leslie! Our ‘Professor’ Moriarty has been such a blessing to us and our new family.
~ Colette & Tyler P. - Delray Beach, Florida
We are the new proud parents of River, a Creme of the Crop Dachshund, and we could not be more thrilled with the entire experience. As current Golden Retriever owners, we were unsure of what to expect with a new doxie puppy, and Leslie helped us through the entire process-from what to expect from a dachshund vs. a golden retriever all the way to helping with the logistics of getting our new baby home to Philadelphia safely on the airplane! Even having him home for 2+ weeks, I still ask her questions daily, and she happily and quickly responds. She loves her babies and what she does; it is evident. Aside from breeding the most gorgeous puppies I have ever seen, she is so wonderful to deal with from a business standpoint. She was responsive to all of my early requests about our place on the waiting list; she was very open and honest about how long it would be, and organized with pre-puppy contracts and paperwork. I was so pleased we were selected as a future Creme of the Crop family. We will not disappoint her:) She said early on that we will become family through the process, and I totally feel this way still. She gets hundreds of pictures of River from me daily!
The big day came, and we arrived at Leslie and Sam's beautiful home in Texas to the MOST gorgeous puppy I could have ever imagined. He was prettier in person-my daughter and I were speechless. We were led to her puppy room to have River acclimate to us for a bit before we took him away. It is obvious the health of her puppies and the cleanliness of her facility (and her entire house for that matter were spotless) are a huge priority for her. The puppies were all very well socialized, with tons of age appropriate toys at their disposal. After a farewell photo shoot in front of her beautiful landscaping, Leslie said her final goodbye to River (and I KNOW it was hard), and we headed home. In his first weeks home, he has proven to be a very sweet, well-mannered little boy who loves to play with his big siblings, go for walks (although he's not a fan of his leash yet), and steal the show wherever we go!! If you don't like attention from EVERYONE you pass on the street, an English Cream Miniature Dachshuund is not the way to go:)
I would absolutely recommend doing business with Leslie if you are in the market for an English Cream Mini Dachshund; we will certainly be adding to our pack in the future.
~ Jennifer & Patrick M., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
There have been several dogs (all small breeds) in our family over the years, but we knew we wanted a mini dachshund. When we found Creme of the Crop Dachshunds, we fell in love with the long hair cream coat puppies. With two young children, we wanted a loving and well-tempered dog who would integrate well with our growing family and grow with our girls.
We brought Ryder home in July 2021. He is a shaded creme male who has stolen our hearts and has become an incredibly loved member of the family. He has a wonderful affectionate temperament and is remarkably intelligent for such a young dog.
Creme of the Crop Dachshunds demonstrates obvious care in their selective breeding, with careful and loving treatment of the parents and puppies during pregnancy, delivery, and upbringing. We couldn’t be happier with Ryder.
~ Kate & Anthony R. - Colorado
When wanting to add a new family member to our pack, finding Creme of the Crop Dachshunds has been a true blessing. I knew from the way Leslie interviewed me about purchasing our Winnie girl that she cared for her dogs with a passion and love like no other. Being able to be informed and see our girl from the beginning was such a treasure. We watched Winnie grow via the live 24/7 puppy cameras and knew she was being loved from day one! When we brought her home, she knew her name, was familiar with potty pad training and quickly adjusted to sleeping through the night. Leslie is not a breeder who just hands off your puppy and is finished. She loves getting updates; she is there to answer any questions, offer suggestions and truly cares about the well being of each and every pup from her litters. Winnie is most definitely a Creme of the Crop puppy, and we couldn’t be happier!
~ Kelli & Danny W. - The Woodlands, Texas
We are so happy with our twin puppies, Crickett and Clover, from Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. My wife surprised me when she came home with a 2nd puppy, and I could not be happier.
From the first time she talked to us, we knew we would never want to work with anyone else. Leslie is knowledgeable and committed to running an ethical, loving and unique breeding program.
We are 100% satisfied... MORE than satisfied with our experience and would recommend Leslie’s program to anyone who wants beautiful, healthy dogs from and loving home.
~ Eric O. - Louisiana
We had an amazing experience with Leslie at Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. From start to finish, she is a class act who runs an outstanding, professional and ethical breeding program. Not only are our twin pups beautiful and healthy, but Leslie’s attention to detail made the whole process extra special.
Our entire journey from deposit to picking up Crickett and Clover was a pleasure. Leslie is a true advocate for her pups from advice to constant communication to all the extra time she spends making sure all the puppies‘ transitions to their new homes go as smoothly as possible.
I cannot recommend Creme of the Crop Dachshunds and Leslie enough. We will never use another breeder. She truly loves her babies, and that shows through in everything she does.
We are in love with our two pups and would highly recommend Creme of the Crop Dachshunds to anyone searching for a breeder with that special touch!
~ Mary O. - Louisiana
With both of us working in the veterinary profession, we’ve seen many different kinds of breeders. Leslie is by far one of the best that we have encountered both professionally and personally. It’s clear that she has her puppies’ best interest at heart. She works very hard to ensure they have appropriate socialization and exposure to various sounds, surfaces, and substrates; and it shows! Our puppy, Cirilla, has been a wonderful addition to our family. The transition was flawless we believe because Leslie did such an incredible job raising them. Leslie was communicative and provided many updates and photos along the way, as well as provided access to the nursery cameras so that we could check in whenever we wanted to. She also provided us with copies of the medical records immediately so that we could enroll Cirilla in doggy insurance right away. If anyone feels a miniature cream dachshund would be a good fit for their family, we would absolutely recommend Leslie & Creme of the Crop Dachshunds.
~ Mathew & Hannah - Reno, Nevada
Working with Leslie at Crème of the Crop Dachshunds was such an amazing experience! The entire process from start to finish was easy going and a pleasure. I've never met a breeder who treats the babies like her own truly caring about the placement and well-being of EACH puppy! Contact with breeder was constant, and she was open for questions or concerns at ANY time. Leslie had no problem showing the progress of growing puppies from birth to the pick up date which was such an amazing bonus to those of us who couldn't wait to meet our new babies! I highly recommend this breeder for your new family member.
~ Lori S. - Louisiana
We welcomed Gianni to our home in June 2021 from Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. Gianni came to us happy, healthy, and truly the sweetest puppy. Leslie was so wonderful to work with and kept us updated to prepare us for our new family member. All the puppies at Creme of the Crop Dachshunds are loved and so well taken care of. Words can’t describe how happy we are to have Gianni in our lives. When we are ready to add a friend for our little Gianni, I will call Creme of the Crop Dachshunds.
Thank you for all you do!
~ Amy D. - Lakeway, Texas
One cold and snowy late January morning in Chicago, my daughter and I were talking about the beautiful cream dachshunds that we see in pictures, but we never see any in person or on the sidewalks of Chicago which is a major dog city! We had recently lost our beloved mahogany mini of 14 years named Louis, but still had his sister the beautiful black and tan Lily. As I was curious to this conversation, I googled white or cream miniature dachshunds on the Internet and discovered Creme of the Crop Mimiature Dachshunds located in Franklin, Texas. Excitedly, we scanned through the beautiful litters and pictures and decided to call… not really thinking that this was real. We were greeted by an extremely upbeat and kind woman who is the owner. Leslie proceeded to tell us how it all worked and how you possibly get a puppy. We talked for a long time sensing that she wanted to know more about us and if our names could possibly go on her list. We immediately stated that we would like two mini cream dachshunds, preferably from the same liter, and that we were willing to wait. She told us the summer of 2022 would be our best option, and my name went on her list. In June 2021, we received an email stating that she had a puppy for us if we would like her. We immediately said yes and picked up our beautiful Sunny on July 11. She has been nothing but a complete joy, a beautiful dog and absolutely perfect. Then... one-week later Leslie had another dog from the same litter for us!! We also immediately said yes. Cher arrived, and immediately bonded with the family and was overjoyed to join her sister Sunny! We have nothing but wonderful things to say about Sam and Leslie Urso. This husband and wife team are two of the kindest people we have ever met, and their puppies are too! The puppies are absolutely perfect, and we couldn't have wished for anything more. I highly recommend Creme of the Crop Miniature Dachshunds as the owners are unbelievably amazing people and produce the most beautiful and healthy puppies. We are over joyed and so in love with these girls, and by the way, that cold and snowy morning turned into a bright beautiful day!
~ Philip and Lynn H. - Chicago, Illinois
Leslie, Creme of the Crop is the perfect name for you! Our little Rico surely is the most beautiful boy! We love him so much, and we are so very blessed to have met you! You are a top notch breeder who genuinely cares and loves each and every one of your beautiful doxies! I can’t thank you enough for our Rico. I have already recommended you to a my friends! You made the journey of Rico’s first 9 weeks so enjoyable to follow through live streaming! Thank you again, and Rico is sends you a kiss 😘 🐾
~ Jean P. - New York
Absolutely amazing experience. We purchased two puppies from Creme of the Crop Dachshunds and couldn’t be happier. Leslie was so helpful, informative and patient with all of our questions. She is very honest and ethical and cares deeply for her pets! Leslie and her husband, Sam, were so accommodating and such a joy to meet when we picked up our puppies. We are very grateful and happy to have met Leslie and Sam.
~ Terry M.
I can’t say enough about Creme of the Crop and Leslie the owner. I bought a beautiful cream dachshund puppy from her and he is absolutely gorgeous and the sweetest little thing. Leslie went out of her way to find me joy. After meeting her it was obvious that she is not just a breeder who cares for her dogs but a great person who makes every effort to ensure your experience is wonderful. Thank you Leslie for giving us such a joy with our little Odie.
~ Chelsea J.
We had a wonderful experience adopting our mini dachshund, Lady, from Leslie and Creme of the Crop Dachshunds. We were on the hunt for an English Cream puppy for a while and we’re so grateful that our paths crossed. It’s very obvious that Leslie cares immensely for her dogs and gives them the best care from day one. We appreciated how easy it was to communicate with Leslie, especially since we were flying into Texas from out of state to pick up our puppy. She answered every single question we had and sent us lots of pictures and videos to keep us updated until we could make arrangements to come pick her up. We are absolutely smitten with our little girl and would recommend adopting from Creme of the Crop Dachshunds to anyone! Thank you Leslie!
~ Liz & Kenneth H.
Leslie and Sam Urso are a precious couple that love their doxies unconditionally. They care for their dogs like children putting their health at the forefront. We bought two dachshunds from them at their beautiful country home. Leslie is a retired teacher like me, and their dogs are loving, calm, and healthy. Our Cookie and Ruby are enjoying their lives on our farm and love their sheep and cow friends. Carl and I would recommend their dogs to everyone, and we are 100% happy! In fact, our two girls are nearly perfect! 😊
~ Carla H.
Leslie is the kindest, most caring breeder. Her dachshunds are her babies. Leslie was communicative throughout the entire adoption process, and frequently updated me on my puppy's physical and behavioral development. She is truly invested in the puppies' well-being, and as a result, I was able to welcome a happy and healthy little girl into my family. I could not recommend Creme of the Crop Dachshunds more.
All the Best,
~ Amanda K.
We are absolutely in love with our precious fur baby! We took a great deal of time searching for the perfect person who would raise our future puppy until he was big enough for us to bring him to his furever home. We chose Leslie because of her high standards, ethical approach and her true passion for animals. Leslie's strong moral principles are evident in her cultivation of Crème of the Crop Dachshunds. She cares deeply about the health of the puppies and their parents and is sure to raise them in a loving environment where they learn early socialization skills and great temperament. We highly recommend Crème of the Crop Dachshunds and are forever grateful to Leslie and Sam for giving us our perfect angel!
~ Peyton H.
Our journey to finding a puppy came months before we chose Crème of the Crop Dachshunds. I came across a picture of an English Cream Dachshund on Instagram and told Jordan that if we ever got a puppy, that’s what I HAD to have. Sure enough, I get a call one day telling me that she put a deposit down! From that point on, Leslie and Crème of the Crop Dachshunds were an incredible experience. We were fairly early and got second pick of the liter. We knew we wanted a boy, the smallest and sweetest of the liter. On the day we picked up Fig to bring him home, we were in awe of how perfect he was from head to tail; he is exactly what we wanted. Crème of the Crop Dachshunds was very helpful, very informing, and very caring of our boy and his siblings. We would highly recommend this great home if you are wanting one of these special puppies!!
~ Isaac B. & Jordan F.
Much, much love for Leslie and Crème of the Crop Dachshunds! We purchased the most darling puppy, Magnolia, from Crème of the Crop Dachshunds and are so happy! Leslie is helpful, knowledgeable and most importantly loving towards both us as dog-owners and her own dogs and puppies. It is obvious how much time, energy and care she puts into raising healthy and happy dogs. The updates, videos and pictures that Leslie sends help create a bond with your puppy before actually meeting him/her in person. I consider Leslie a friend and am certain we will work with her again in the future. Thank you Crème of the Crop Dachshunds - we are grateful and so happy with our bundle of sunshine!
~ Amy H.