A Dachshund dog’s Dapple marking resembles the Merle on other breeds. It is a spotting that can produce extremely attractive patterns on the dog’s fur that have an almost supernatural appearance. The fur of a Dachshund is dappled if it has even one spot on it. Double dapple Dachshunds are produced from the mating of two dapple dogs. Double dapple breeding has an ugly side, although producing a gorgeous creature in the form of the resulting dog. Birth malformations can be fatal, disfiguring, and sometimes even crippling. Many double dapple breed dogs can have very poor quality of life.

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In order for you to understand what double dapple breeding is, here at AnimalWised, we go into further detail.

Dappling is what?

We can start by defining what dappling on Dachshund dogs isn’t before we discuss what it is. It doesn’t even have a set colour or design. Any combination of a Dachshund’s colouring, including white, brown, sable, and other colours, can be used for the coat, which is sometimes black and frequently tan. There are smooth coated, wire coated, and long haired Dachshunds, therefore their coat type can also vary greatly.

The art world of painting has also adopted the term “dappling.” Similar to how you could dab a sponge on canvas to create dapples, a dog’s coat naturally has this feature. Piebald, as in having big patches of fur with various colours, doesn’t describe the colour.

Instead, it contains certain colour spots that stretch out into another, creating the impression that it is speckled and patchwork. You will find a combination of these patterns in double dappled Dachshunds. Both the dappled pattern and the block-patterned fur’s piebald patches will be present.

Similar to how calico cats can also have tabby patterns, it is impossible to predict the pattern of a dappled or double-dappled Dachshund. Their end result can be as colourful or as Pollock-esque as their wacky genes permit.


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How is dappling created?

Dog genetics have been well investigated. Nevertheless, despite all of our knowledge, certain natural mysteries remain unsolved, much as with human genetics. We do know that there are dominant and recessive genes in both people and Dachshunds. A dominant gene is the one that prevails during the development of the individual cell, producing particular traits. They are descendants of the Dachshund breed, with the male serving as the sire and the female as the dam.

For Dachshunds, the dapple or merle gene is dominant. To be dappled, a Dachshund puppy must have at least one dappled parent. Breeding a dappled dog with a non-dappled dog is not problematic.

However, issues may occur if both dogs are speckled. In scientific notation, the non-dappled gene is denoted by a lowercase’m,’ while the dapple gene is denoted by an uppercase ‘M’. The following gene pairings are possible:

The dominant non-dappled gene is not active, but the recessive dappled gene is. This produces a dappled dog, which is more probable than a non-dappled dog.

‘mm’ – dominant genes can be used to estimate the likelihood of developing specific genetic features. Even though they are dominant, this does not guarantee that they will be the active allele (a gene’s variant form) in every cell.

Although they are less common, the’mm’ combination indicates that the recessive non-dappled alleles will prevail and you will have a non-dappled Dachshund in the litter.

In a double dappled litter, there is a 25% chance that each puppy will have both the dominant and recessive alleles of the dapple gene active, resulting in a double dappled pattern.

Unfortunately, Dachshunds with the ‘MM’ coding do not just have the lovely double dapple pattern. These two dominant genes produce anomalies when they are joined for whatever reason. The long haired double dappled Dachshund below is an example of one of them, and many of them have the wall eyed expression.

Consequences of double dapping

As previously stated, breeding two dappled Dachshunds together can result in healthy offspring. If they are double dappled, though, this might cause a number of issues. The life of the Dachshund can be significantly impacted by them. These consist of:

Born with one or both eyes blind (especially if one has a white patch covering it)

born with only one eye or without any eyes at all

born with one or both ears closed.

If left untreated, these issues could be fatal and significantly lower their quality of life. While the exact cause of these genetic malformations is unknown to science, we do know that they do not exist in single dachshunds with dapples.

Due to their predisposition to specific medical conditions, Dachshunds are another issue with double dapple breeds. Double dapples can make some health issues worse. They consist of:

Dachshunds frequently suffer from spinal issues including intervertebral disc disease because of their lengthy bodies and short rib cages. Exercise makes this worse and gives the Dachshund its distinctive gait.

other bone conditions, particularly later in life, like kneecap dislocation.

broken bones.

Lumpiness and illnesses are caused by Cushing’s syndrome.

thyroid issues.

Double Dapple Breeding: What Is It? – Issues with double dappling

These inherited tendencies are only exacerbated by double dapple breeds with genetic problems. Consciously breeding double dapples entails taking a risk that isn’t worth the possible suffering and mistreatment that will be passed on to the offspring.

Double Dapple Breeding: What Is It? – Issues with double dappling

underlying causes of double dappling

Although we are now aware of the issues that double dapple breeding in Dachshunds can lead to, it is not always clear why this practice continues. Most people would breed double dapple Dachshunds in an effort to create these intriguing new colour patterns. Interesting eye colours are common in double dapple dogs as well, but usually because of the aforementioned issues.

Therefore, there are two justifications for breeding double dapples. They either don’t know about these issues or don’t care. Animal cruelty is the eventual effect in either case. Other than failing to conduct adequate research, one possible explanation for some breeders’ ignorance is that they fail to recognize the dog as being dappled in the first place. This is either a result of the dappling being faint or a result of them mistaking it for a piebald pattern. To clear up any confusion, here are some distinctions between dachshunds with piebald and dappled coats:

Dachshunds with white even patches have typical colours.


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Dachshunds with dappling can have it anywhere on their body, and it is virtually always asymmetrical.

Piebald Dachshunds exhibit symmetrical striping, such as two tan front paws and two white ears.

For show purposes, many people also prefer to breed double-dapple Dachshunds. The American Kennel Club (AKC) has, however, deemed this breed “unacceptable,” and maybe this will help put an end to the cruel practice.

This essay serves only as information. AnimalWised lacks the legal right to diagnose a condition or recommend a course of therapy for animals. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet if they experience any pain or illness.