Double Dapple Dachshunds – banned and not worth the risk

DD_RiskI was interested to come across this article in the Anipal Times from 2011 about the genetic risks of Double Dapple Dachshunds.  Given the potential health risks associated with Double Dapples, it is considered irresponsible and unacceptable to mate two dapples together.  The Kennel Club will not register puppies from two dapple parents.

The article explains some of the health risks and the difference between the Piebald and Double Dapple patterns.

Our UK Breed Standard says: Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occurs all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours isabella and blue are highly undesirable.

While, as the article says, it is perfectly possible to have Double Dapple Dachshunds that do not have health problems and some people will argue that “careful breeders” can avoid the problems, the consensus view is that it is simply not worth taking the risk of mating two dapples together.

Sadly, while the puppy-buying public continue to feed the demand for “rare colours”, there will be breeders who deliberately mate two dapple Dachshunds together.

Read the Breed Council’s advice to breeders and puppy buyers.

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