10 REAL stories of life with a Double Dapple

Molly Moo The Double Dapple Dachshund

Moo - Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is she?
Molly Moo and she is 1.5 years old

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
Yes we knew Molly was a Double Dapple when collecting her from the breeder we just did not know the extent of her issues, yet we knew we could give her the best home possible.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Molly is 100% Deaf and has sight issues

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
It has been a challenge, we won't lie! You wouldn't think that Molly is deaf as it never stopped her from being a ball of sass. She is a very very determined little sausage and knows what she wants! She has filled out hearts and home with so much love and laughable moments. From barking at shadows, her own reflection or chasing butterflies shadows. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Exactly this, working together with Molly's brother King Kingsley to create blogs and raise as much awareness as well all can. We also share the good and the challenging moments on social media to show it is not always Daisy's and it is hard work having a deaf baby. 

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
We tend to ask them if being born Deaf is also cute... Then we go into talking to them about Double Dapples and how they are bred. It usually ends up being a good half an hour chat, however it feels amazing knowing that we just raised awareness to someone else. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Since Molly is Deaf we have trained her to do sign language, she sits, stays, lay downs, crawls, plays dead, spins, skate boards you name it and she can do it! She is such a smart cookie and it amazes us daily. We always talk to her through our hands and lips and she knows exactly what you are saying. 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Molly is a lover of ALL FOOD! She has her favourite puppy toy that she likes to cuddle up with and have a nap and she LOVES to sneak into the dishwasher to lick all the plates. She also LOVES to wake up during the night come out from under the blankets and start barking....for no reason... at all! 

Shadow The Double Dapple Dachshund

Shadow the Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is she?
Shadow, she is 9

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
I was meant to be the collector to help find her a good home but her forever home ended up being with me. 

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
She has burst pupils, which means her eyes don’t absorb light or darkness, so she can’t see in the dark or on a clear day in the sun. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
Challenging at first, luckily I got her vision impairment confirmed the first day I got her. It took her a month to be in the same room as me. She was a very timid anxious little girl. Once she came out of her shell, it’s been a wonderful friendship. She has such a gentle personality and is fiercely loyal. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Supporting everyone who has questions about her, whether it be through social media or out in the world, and sharing Shadows story. 

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I keep it simple, explaining that breeding to get this look ends up in genetic issues and searching for a dog with hearing and sight problems is not going to help matters.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
If she’s having trouble getting a good look at me or whatever she’s trying to get, I click and point to a shady spot to get the sun out of her eyes and she will move to that spot.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
She always has and still loves the beach, her absolute favourite thing to do is sit at the beach in the sun and chase seagulls, she could do that all day. 

Thor The Double Dapple Dachshund

Thor the Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
My boy’s name is Thor and he will be 3 years old on May 17

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
So, in July of 2017 I lost my childhood dog, Penny, at 15. She was a dachshund and we had been together from the time I was 10. She was an AMAZING dog and I was shattered. I wasn’t planning on getting another dog because I didn’t think it was fair to try to raise another dog and bond with another because I was so heartbroken, then I went to therapy and my therapist counted the number of times I said “dog” or “puppy” in one hour. The total was 17, she told me that Penny wouldn’t be upset if I got another dog but that I probably wouldn’t feel whole without a dog of my own. I did try to rescue, but I was 24 and had never had my own puppy so I really wanted a puppy. I tried to look at other dogs besides dachshunds, but they were all I knew. So, I googled “dachshund puppies Tennessee” and Thor was the first dog I saw that was available. He was the last one of his litter available and I put a deposit down on him the first day. He was the last one available because he was at least $200 US more expensive than his siblings, because of his coloring! I didn’t know anything about double dapple, then I showed a picture of my new puppy to my vet and she clued me in to why they weren’t desirable. I kept it to myself until I picked him up, then I looked at his breeder (who, to be fair, was a fairly new breeder and she had socialized Thor really well, and I would definitely buy from her again) and asked if he was deaf or blind because I know double dapples had a higher chance of those defects. She had no clue! She didn’t know that could happen because she had gotten lucky, the 3-4 DD pups she had bred had been ok. She was even talking about breeding Thor (jokes on her, he was sterile even before neuter) because of his color. I didn’t care that he was DD. I was in love. I have been in love since, but I’m always so nervous when he goes under anesthesia because of what happened to Finley.
Short answer: I was heartbroken, I did know when I purchased him, but I didn’t care, because he was MINE from the moment I saw his picture.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Thor is very hardy, he is 16 lbs., but he does have a coloboma in one of his eyes, so I have to make sure he doesn’t spend too much time in the sun. He can get sunburned which I didn’t know was a thing. His coat will never be as fluffy as a non-DD. His heart is flipped anatomically, so it doesn’t cause him problems… but we’re very cautious. He also had both of his testes firmly lodged in his abdominal wall, which led to a hernia after his neuter because they had to be dug out. He is not deaf or blind, and has no other health problems.  He is 3 though, so I worry constantly and watch him like a hawk because I cannot lose him.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
My life with Thor has been amazing. He is so sweet and loving. He loves babies and kids, which is weird for me because I don’t have any so I have no idea where he got this instinct to love on the “hairless puppies”. He just radiates joy. Everyone I meet absolutely adores him and I’m so blessed to be his mom. However, I don’t get to share him as much online because it breaks my heart when people say “oh I want one just like him!” and since he doesn’t have any obvious defects it’s just very awkward, or people assume I don’t know he’s a DD and how could I say owning one is ok? Well, what am I supposed to do? Not want my boy because he’s DD?

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Right now, I’m at a stand still because I got a few DMs on his page asking me if I was aware of what DD is and I just stopped sharing Thor because I don’t want breeders to breed DDs. Thor is not blind or deaf, but so many DD pups are. Yes, I get he’s lovely and he is, but the outer beauty comes at a price, my dog may not have to pay it, but other’s will. I want to get more active, which is why I reached out for this blog. I love the DD community, but I’m not sure how we fit.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I say thank you, first and foremost, and I say “He is a double dapple, which is like a double-merle in Australian shepherds. It’s not ok to breed for this color, I got lucky and Thor is ok, but many of his counterparts don’t make it to adulthood because if a breeder can’t make money off a puppy, they tend not to waste time with them. I get he’s beautiful but it comes at a price, don’t ask for a DD” It’s very awkward they just wanted to comment on my dog, but it’s a part of the cause. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
If she’s having trouble getting a good look at me or whatever she’s trying to get, I click and point to a shady spot to get the sun out of her eyes and she will move to that spot.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple

Thor got his own puppy a year ago and I would say his favorite toy is his brother, Hank. Having my boys is so exhausting, but so worth it. They complete each other. Thor also enjoys meeting new people, playing with kids, chasing cats, and he loves eating mac n cheese off of my fork. Don’t @ me, it’s only on Thanksgiving. 

Mississippi The Double Dapple Dachshund

Mississippi The Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
Mississippi, She is 5 years old 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
My boyfriends sister was looking for a dachshund to add to her family, but her boyfriend didn’t think she would be a good fit for their puppy. She showed me her profile on petfinder, and I fell in love instantly. 

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
She’s deaf, and has one micro eye, I believe she can see slightly. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
She has became my absolute best friend, it has challenges, I struggled to help her find water, we are still working on steps. Since she has came in my life from 2 months till now, everyone has said we look so happy, when I can’t take her somewhere with me, everyone says It looks weird that I don’t have her with me. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
At first I didn’t know she was a double dapple until I researched about her, I believe doing something like this is the first step! 

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I tell them that her beautiful color is the result of improper breeding. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
She is my first blind/deaf dog, so i’m still learning. When she does something bad, I tap her on the nose, and when she goes to the bathroom on the floor, I take her straight outside. 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple

When she isn’t around me for awhile, when she does smell me again, she wags her tail and gets the zoomies!
 

Blue The Double Dapple Dachshund

Blue the Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
His name is Blue! Blue's almost 4 and half years old. 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We had another dog at home, Honney, a red poodle, and she was already 14 years old and we wanted to get a sibling for her. We decided we wanted a small dog but we didn't know anything about other breeds besides poodles. I always thought that dachshunds were pretty darn cute so we started looking for some in the area. We purchased Blue form a local here in my city. He sent me some pictures of the puppies and the mom before I went there, the mom was a Dapple and he said he had no pictures of the father. There were only 2 puppies left, Blue and his brother. I actually went to go pick up Blues brother (regular dapple) but when I saw Blues mostly white body & blue eyes I fell in love. Unfortunately I had no clue what a Dapple was, let alone a Double Dapple. We never found out if the seller knew about double dapples or not. 
We brought Blue home and at first we didn't think there was anything abnormal. But after a couple of days we noticed he couldn't hear as well as other dogs. I took him to the vet and the vet told us about Double Dapples but he didn't know much. Here in Brazil it's even less common than other places so many vets don't even know what a DD is or know what it is but don't know what it entails. I turned to Google for some answers and after some research I found out more about dachshunds in general and about Double Dapples. His fur, eyes and slight hearing impairment were very characteristic. 

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Blue is blessed to have his vision although he is a bit crossed eye. We have never done actual testing for Blues hearing but we know he definitely doesn't hear like he should. Sometimes we call out to him and he doesn't even turn around, he sleeps throughout loud noises and movement around him. But he has an extremely good sense of smell so sometimes he doesn't hear us coming close to him but he sniffs us out. His skin is VERY sensitive though. He had to take antibiotics for some time due to skin infections he developed after being out a garden and we had pretty scary episode once we he got his shots. We took Blue in for his yearly shots (now he has a different vet who know a lot about DD) and the vet told us it is common for DD to have an allergic reaction to the shots, so we should watch him closely for the next 50 minutes. I didn't take my eyes off Blue for the next hour and nothing had happened, I thought we were in the clear, but after about 70 minutes I noticed Blue was vigorously scratching his nose. I lifted up his face and he was extremely swollen, just like those pictures you see of dogs who gut stung by bees. I immediately ran out of the house with him (even forgot to put on my shoes!) and drove as quickly as I could back to the vet. By the time we got there I was crying so much, afraid that he would stop breathing. The vet informed me that dogs don't have the same type of allergic reactions as human and that it would take hours for Blue's throat to close, but he gave him some intravenous antihistaminic and he got better very quickly. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
For the most part it has been like owning my other dog; we haven't had any major issues except the allergic reaction scare. It the beginning we would get a little frustrated that we called his name and he wouldn't come or even look at us. But we quickly adapted to that. Blue loves to lay in the sun so we have to keep a close on eye on him so he wont be in the sun too long, and we have to apply sunscreen to his nose when he leaves the house (which he loves to lick off every time). We also had to learn about health issues that are dachshund related, like their spine and hernias but we have a really hard time with that one since Blue loves to jump on and off things, sometime he jumps so high up that he seems more like a kangaroo. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
We try to educate people that come to ask us about Blue. Sometimes via Instagram and other when we're out on the street walking Blue. (more in the next question). Also I try to encourage other vets I know to learn more about DD, since we had a hard time finding one who could help us.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
Every other step we take someone will come ask us about his looks, say how cute and ask what breed he is. Sometimes people will be driving by and stop to ask us about him. When we say he's a dachshund people always say: "I've never seen one like that! He's so pretty!". We always thank them and then when we try to explain to them that he is a Double Dapple and what that means. We stress that it is dangerous to breed dapples and that most DD come with a series of health issues. We tell them that although he's very cute, they shouldn't encourage this type of breeding. But if they are responsible and have the resources to take care of one, they could look into adopting one that has been abandoned because of their health issues. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
We haven't had to train him much. Blue is so smart and catches on very fast. We have a couple of hand signals we taught him like sit, shake, come. 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple

Coming across Blue was such a blessing. He is the most loyal dog I know, he doesn't ever leave my side and shadows me everywhere. He LOVES physical contact, if you sit or lay somewhere he will be sitting next to you or ON you in no time. When I'm woking at home he's always on my lap or on the floor right next to my desk. The only way he falls asleep at night is under the covers with me and the whole length of his body must be touching mine. His favorite treats are Tangerines, he goes crazy for them! His favorite toy is anything basically, he loves balls but he destroys them in a couple of hours so they never last long. He also loooooves plastic water bottles. Every time someone drinks something that comes in a plastic bootle here at home, we let Blue play around with it before we throw it out. The funny thing is, he doesn't know to to play fetch, he never liked it. So he'll just run around the house with the bottle or balls and stop every once in a while to chew on them. Blue chases his tail EVERY day, he'll just start chasing his tail and barking and thats when we know he's extra happy. Even though he doesn't even answer to his name, I wouldn't trade Blue for anything, we love him so much and couldn't imagine our lives without him.

Afrika The Double Dapple Dachshund

Africa The Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is she?
Her name is Afrika and she is one year old 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
She was a gift for me, and we didn't Know what double dapple was before she came. We only know that she was a strange color of dachshund.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Yes. She is deaf and doesn't see well. Also she have digestive problems, so we give to her a lot of medication all days.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
Its was sacrificate and terrifying, but is the best thing we could happen to me and my family. Everyday we thank to have her another day with us and we live with de fear that something happen to her. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
I try to inform People about what double dapple is, with afrika's instagram

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I say to them that yes she is beautiful, but she was a product of a bad breed and because of that, she have a lot of problems.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
We wave to her and give her a prize when she got it right.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple

Her favorites food are chicken and pumpkin. She love the balls and she spend a lot of time playing with them. But over all the things, she love stay with me all the time and sleep in my bed. she is the most loving dog in the world and she lets us know how much she loves us, we are blessed to have her with us.

Lilly The Double Dapple Dachshund

Lily Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is she?
Her name is Lilly and she is 7 months old.

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
The breeder made me believe that there is no chance that she is a double dapple, they said the tests were done and everything was clear. She then confused me with a pra test and was dishonest. I was under an impression that she was a silver dapple, it even stated on her papers. I had no idea she is a double dapple, even though I did my research on them first to make sure I didn't buy one.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
She doesn't have any health issues that I'm aware of however in saying that she is very scared of noises such as cars, trams , bikes, so I think she might have a weakened vision, waiting to take her to an eye doctor to check that. The vet said everything is normal but not many vets know what a double dapple is.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
It is very special because she's very shy, scared of other dogs and most people so I take her for walks in quiet parks where she is happy and unbothered.

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
If I see photos online of puppies that look double dapple I recommend doing tests and checking if they are first. Also telling friends about it and not glamourising the coat colour.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I obviously think she is beautiful and most of the time people don't know what a double dapple is so I explain it to them and what health issues they could have.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Not confirmed yet and she seems fine at the moment.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
She absolutely loves playing fetch, she could play it for hours and hours.
Her favorite toy is from Kmart a pink ball that makes squeaky sounds everytime it rolls, she's obsessed with it.
She loves her cat brother Tsunami and it's her best friend, she loves to play fight with him and cuddle him while he cleans her. Her favorite food is everything really. Every time we eat, she goes crazy over popsicles and waits for us to finish it so she can chew on the stick and lick the juices.
Lilly is such a happy dog, she loves cuddling and going for car rides and she's just an angel. Very blessed to have her in my life.

Finnegan The Double Dapple Dachshund

Finneagan The Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
His name is Finnegan and he turned 8 this past January. 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
I was working at a local high end pet supply store while I was starting my own pet sitting company. Finnegan’s foster parents always used to come in and sometimes bring their fosters to see us. They brought him in when he was only a couple months old. I saw him and it was love at first sight. We knew he was deaf and had at least some vision impairment, if not total blindness, so I started doing my research and learned all about deaf dogs and double dapples so I would be prepared when I put the application in to adopt him. 

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
He was born deaf and with some vision impairment but he only really had to deal with depth perception troubles most of his life. He has now started to develop cataracts that will most likely remain inoperable due to the uniqueness of his eyes. Unfortunately, he will most  likely end up blind from them. 
The biggest health issue we have had to deal with was his IVDD and resulting 3 ruptured discs when he was 4 years old. They ended up causing his entire back end to be paralyzed and resulted in 2 major back surgeries to repair. The recovery was long and difficult (he spent most of his time being moved around the house in a vintage baby pram like a little prince, of course!) but he can now get around so much better and he continues to keep us on our toes. 
He also deals with some other minor health issues such as mini seizures, heart murmur, and allergies. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
It is one of my favorite things. It is amazing and sometimes challenging but I wouldn’t change it for the world. The majority of our lives revolve around him and he wouldn’t have it any other way! Neither would we :-) I’ve had him since I was 24 so he has been with me through a lot of life changes. He was the one my now husband needed the most approval from when we first started dating. Of course, now they are inseparable and he was the best dog of honor in our wedding because we both wanted him in our own wedding parties so he got to be in both!

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Finn has had his own Instagram (@finneganthedeafdog) for a while now and we love educating people on Double Dapples and why they are the way they are. I have always been pretty outspoken about irresponsible breeding and what it can lead to and now Finnegan helps me first hand in bringing those issues to light. 

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I always joke that I want to get a shirt made that says “yes, he’s a white dachshund.”  It’s always a great time to educate when people notice him in public. It helps that he LOVES people and just wants to curl up in anyone’s lap. It gives me an opportunity to let them know that while he is the most amazing dog he has had many obstacles in his life because of being a double dapple and bad breeding practices. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Finn is deaf and is starting to go blind as well. I did a ton of research on deaf dogs before adopting him and started training him with hand signals immediately. We are starting to incorporate more touch signals for him as well since he is starting to lose his vision. The Deaf Dogs Rock organization was a wonderful resource when I was training him and I always recommend it for people who are thinking of bringing a deaf dog into their lives. Training a deaf dog isn’t that much different from training a hearing dog so I am a big advocate of deaf dog adoption. 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Finnegan's favorite thing in the world is warmth. It could be from sunshine, a blanket, or a person. We call him our heat seeking missile dog. He loves food too but has to be on a special kangaroo diet because of his allergies. His favorite toy is his yeti that’s almost as big as he is from Expedition Everest in Disney World. I ended up getting him a second one on another trip just in case anything happened to the original. He also LOVES car rides. He gets so excited to go in the car but the second it starts moving he is completely asleep in his car seat. 
But the best thing about Finnegan is how much joy he has brought to our lives. He is a lot of work but it all pays for itself ten fold with the love he gives.

Talon The Double Dapple Dachshund

Talon Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
His name is Talon Evan. He is a wirehair double dapple. And he is 5 years old. 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
I purchased Talon on Craigslist. I had no idea double dapples were a thing. I purchased him with thinking, Wow he has unusual markings!

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Talon has the micro eyes. And very pink skin. In which I monitor his outside time. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
I love being a fur mom to Talon. The best decision ever to purchase him. 

5. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
I explain to people that Talon is a double dapple dachshund. Where two dapple genes were bred together to make a double dapple. Some people are amazed because they haven’t ever seen one in person.  I hardly get how beautiful he is. I get more negative comments like he looks inbred. It hurts my feeling how cruel people can be without knowing what a double dapple is. He is beautiful in my eyes!
 
6. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Talon was deaf as a puppy. It was a miracle one day that he came to me when I called his name. He finally got his hearing around 3 months. I was ready to teach him sign language if he was deaf. He is very sensitive to high pitch sounds like sirens. And he has a very high pitch howl and bark.  

7. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Talon loves carrots! Loves salmon treats. Loves milk bones. He doesn’t play with any toys. Likes to take short walks. I think he’s the only double dapple wirehair in which makes him a unique dog. He is just the most laid back dachshund that I have ever owned. He has no care in the world. Very pampered!  And he’s very spoiled. He’s my everything!

 

Oscar The Double Dapple Dachshund

Oscar Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he?
Oscar is one year and eight months old!

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
He was given to my Mom as a birthday present December of 2018.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
When we took him to the vet for his first check up the doctors told us he was very healthy! Oscar can see and hear perfectly. We are very thankful!

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
When we first got Oscar we knew he was a Dachshund, but we had no idea there were different kinds! We found out he was a Double Dapple by some research and through the breeder. We love our little pup! He has the biggest personality and is the most loving and funniest dog! Oscar is very quick to learn new tricks and fits in very well with the family.

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Because Oscar was a surprise gift for my Mom, and our lack of knowledge of knowing the Double Dapple breed, we are doing our research along with caring for our little guy. We didn't know about the underlying issues breeding a Double Dapple could cause and what these little guys and gals could potentially face. We get stopped in public a lot with Oscar by curious people wondering what type of dog he is. We answer questions and I started a Instagram page for Oscar to bring awareness and to help myself be further educated with this breed.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
The most popular question we get when we get stopped with Oscar is, "What type of dog is that?!" Oscar has a very distinct coat which is very abnormal to the traditional Dachshund. People are usually thrown off by his white face and grey-blue spotted back. We will take the time to explain his specific breed and why his coloring is different.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Oscar, fortunately, doesn't have any impairments. He can see very well, although we noticed that he squints when its bright outside. His hearing is great! (He can hear the neighbor's dogs bark before we can! And he usually responds very quickly!) Most of Oscar's tricks were taught by my Papa. For the first year of his life Oscar would go to our Grandparents house while everyone was at work. My Papa took the time to train Oscar to sit, fetch the ball, give his paw, and a few other funny tricks! 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Oscar loves his squeaky toys and stuffed animals! His favorite time of day is night time because that's his time to snuggle on the couch and under the covers! His favorite person is Mom. He's very much attached to her and loves her very much! He has a big brother, a nine year old black lab named Bentley who he's known his entire life. Oscar doesn't like the water but enjoys his daily walk around the pond at his house. Running around the back yard with Bentley and chasing toys is another favorite pastime! He's always in the mood to make new friends and visit new places. We are very thankful that Oscar was brought into our family to not only teach us about him but open our eyes to the Double Dapple Dachshund breed. We have learned a lot and are continuing to learn through our friends on Instagram and research on how to provide the best and safest life for Oscar Myer Martinez. And we'd like to thank Molly and her family for allowing us to help spread awareness for these little guys and gals! 

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5 comments

  • So many gorgeous puppies and such lovely puppy parents 💖. I love reading the stories of our fellow DD families!

    Jess + DD Ollie
  • Thank you for spreading awareness and letting us share our story! ♥️

    Marina & Blue
  • Such a great blog to see all of furbabies that have been affected by unethical breeding. Just shows that it needs to be stopped 💕

    Ira
  • Thank you so much for featuring our Finnegan! Double dapples are the best!

    Cole
  • This is so awesome!! Thank you for allowing us to spread awareness and talk a little about our life together 💙

    Alexandra & Oscar

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