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Myths and Misinformation
There is loads of misinformation out there on double dapple dachshunds.
Myth Double dapple dachshunds are unhealthy.
Fact Double dapple dachshunds are just as healthy as any other dachshund. The only "health" issues they have are vision and hearing issues.
Myth Double dapple dachshunds can be born without limbs and missing ears.
Fact Being a double dapple does not make the dog prone to missing limbs or ears at birth. Really bad breeding practices do.
Myth Double dapple dachshunds are at higher risk for intervertebral disk disease (IVDD).
Fact All dachshunds are at risk. None are at greater risk due to color or pattern.
Myth Double dapple dachshunds are untrainable.
Fact These dogs are very trainable. Blind dogs can learn commands via touch. Deaf dogs can learn commands via voice and touch. Deaf dogs learn signs to the commands you are teaching. Check out www.deafdogsrock.com for awesome training signs to teach your dog.
Myth All double dapple dachshunds should be put to sleep.
Fact Double dapple dachshunds should not be PTS. That would not fix the bad breeding practices that causes the double dapple in the first place. The sad fact is that a lot of "deformed" double dapple dachshunds to get PTS to hide the breeders bad breeding practices.
Myth Double dapple dachshunds are prone to kidney issues.
Fact Double dapple dachshunds are just like normal dachshunds health wise. They are just as much at risk as a "normal" dachshund. Being a double dapple does not make them more prone.
Myth All double dapple dachshunds have blue eyes
Fact While most double dapple dachshunds do have blue eyes, they can have parti (mottled looking eyes), bi (one blue, one brown) and normal brown eyes. It all depends if the dapple gene touches their eyes or not. Single dapples can also have blue, brown, parti or bi eyes. Only non dapples cannot have blue eyes… so, if you have a dachshund with blue eyes, but doesn’t look like a dapple… It is! It’s just a hidden/cryptic dapple, such as a recessive red that doesn't show any dappling.
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