Double Dappled Dachshund
A genetic Disorder
Why is this a problem?
-Microphthalmia (an abnormally small eye)
-Impaired sperm production
-Where the two genes overlap, the dachshund with have white fur. Everywhere else will be dappled
- The allele for dapple is dominant over the non-dapple allele
- Dapple Dachshunds have recessive genes for blindness and deafness, so when two Dapples are cross-bred, the pups have a high risk of attaining both disorders
Microphthalmia- Birth defect in which one or both eyes are smaller than normal
This Double Dappled dachshund lost her vision and hearing due to this genetic disorder
Double Dappled Dachshund born without eyes
How it works
Why would anyone do this?
- Simple ignorance- many breeders don't take the time to learn the basic genetics of the animals they are crossing
- Genetic background may be unknown- although most of the time the dapple trait is a physical trait, some dapples coloring is washed out and less visible
- For the Show Ring- The Double Dappled Dachshund is a stunning patern to have on a show dog. Many owners purposley cross-breed Dappled Dachshunds together to create a show ring dog- despite all the risks.
- Greed- Since the gene for this trait is dominant, a Double Dappled Dachshund can only produce dappled offspring. Dappled dogs are often sold for much higher prices than non-dappled so many breeders want to take advantage of this.