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Double Dapple Dachshunds – banned and not worth the risk

I 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 …


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KC will no longer register Double-Dapple Dachshunds

The Kennel Club made the following announcement today, November 23rd 2009: Coat colour in the Dachshund varieties is complex because a range of colours is acceptable.  Dapple patterning, patches of lighter colour appearing in the coat, is the result of the M gene in the dog.  There are two alleles of this gene: MM (merle) …

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Dapple Dachshunds

Dapple in Dachshunds is the same in appearance, and genetically, as the “merle” found in Collies, Australian Shepherds and some other breeds.  Strictly speaking, it is a pattern, rather than a colour. It appears like a slashing or swirling of paint over all normal Dachshund colours.  Some dappling is very bright and noticeable.  Other dogs …

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Dachshund Coats

Coats: Dachshunds come in three coats: Smooth, Long and Wire.  Inter-varietal mating was officially stopped by the UK Kennel Club in 1977, but “recessives” still appear from time to time. Wire-hair is dominant over Smooth and Long. Due to the presence of recessive coat genes, it is possible to get Long or Smooth coated puppies in Wire …

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