Living with a Double Dapple / 10 real stories

Hudson the Double Dapple Dachshund

Hudson Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
His name is Hudson and he is 1 year old.

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We were looking to adopt a second dachshund as a friend for our long haired dachshund, Scarlett. We saw an ad online for 4 month old Hudson, as his family was looking to rehome him. We knew we had to add him to our family, with one look at his adorable face. We did not know he was double dapple until after adopting him. I noticed his right eye seemed to be a little malformed/tilted so I took to the internet to research dapple dachshunds and potential ailments. I came across information about double dapples. His looks and eye led me to confirm that he was a double dapple dachshund.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Hudson can see and hear unlike some double dapples. However, his right eye does have some malformation to it and it seems like his depth perception is a bit off when playing. Our vet did warn us that as he ages the eye may have more issues but for now he's happy, healthy, and just runs into things a little more often than most!

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple? 
When I first discovered he was a double dapple I was very concerned for his health and worried for what the future may hold for his vision and hearing. That being said, with time I grew to accept that we will give him the best life possible and if he has further issues in the future we will adapt to them. He is a blessing in our lives and he is the most goofy, affectionate dog we have ever owned! 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
We often try to educate people who ask about his looks. It's important to emphasize that although he is adorable, the breeding of double dapples is dangerous and harmful for those dogs involved. We often wonder about Hudson's siblings and if they were not as lucky as he was, health wise. We also post photos on his instagram with the #DoubleDappleAwareness hashtag to inform the public on social media and answer any questions we receive about him.

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 get a lot of attention in public because of his markings and blue eyes. People think he is adorable because they've never seen a dachshund that looks like him. When people stop us to pet him we try to educate them about double dapples. We do acknowledge that he is beautiful but the breeding of double dapples should not be done just to create a desirable coat color. It's difficult because his looks make him quirky and cute so it draws people in. They ask what breeder we got him from or where they could get a similar dog. This is an important opportunity, and we see it as a chance to educate!

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
His depth perception hasn't become a huge problem so no training has been attempted :)

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Hudson's favorite snacks are bell peppers! He loves the crunch! He also enjoys smartbone brand bones as a healthy alternative to traditional rawhide and chews them on his bed. His favorite toy is a teal stuffed lama. Hudson has sucked the ears on his lama until the point in which one fell off. He loves to run circles with his lama and chase his sister around the house. Hudson is a heat seeker and will forcibly make his way onto any lap available, so watch out for puppy cuddles if you're sitting down in our house!

Hershey and Tofu the Double Dapples

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1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
Hershey and Tofu! Hershey is around 7 years old, we adopted her three years ago. She’s actually thrown out by the breeder..

Tofu is now 8 months old and we adopted him 6 months ago!

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We were looking to bring in another dachshund to our family when we came across Hershey’s adoption post on Facebook. We didn’t know what a double dapple was at the time, and then we came across another profile on Instagram that has a double dapple that we then realise the coat colour is an issue.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Hershey is a lucky one, she’s all healthy with just slightly deformed pupils. Tofu, on the other hand, is born blind and deaf.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
People often compliment on their coats which give us a lot of opportunity to share with them what a double dapple is!

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
We try to make good use of social media platforms to spread awareness. We have an instagram account @baguette.hershey.tofu and Facebook page @the3dachshunds. We also tell people on the street about their 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?
If they are willing to listen, we usually tell them the whole terror story of double dapple breeding and how bad it is as a colour for dachshunds. People usually are shocked to learn about it.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them? 
As Tofu’s blind and deaf, we can only use touch aids to communicate with him.

One of the biggest challenge was to teach him to get used to walking in a harness as he’s not able to see what we put on him. Here’s a video (taken in January this year when he was 4 months old and SO much smaller!!) of us tying a treat to the end of a dressage whip as ‘bait’ to make him go forward! We want him to lead a life as normal as possible and was determined to take him out to explore the world as soon as he was fully vaccinated, but it would be impossible without him being able to walk on leash. Now he’s out daily and absolutely loves his walks!!

We also use three taps on his shoulders to ask him to turn, and of course a lot of petting as praise!

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapples
Hershey loves toys - any types of toys - and will NOT give up on her toys even with snacks.

Tofu likes anything but his absolute favourite treat is mango!

Baguette would feel left out if she’s not mentioned in this part. She LOVES anything that’s edible, and plastic bottles for fetching!

Mac Daddy Double Dapple Dachshund

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1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
Mac is our 9 month old double dapple! His nick names are mackers and stinky (because of his room clearing farts).

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We purchased Mac from a woman local here in Idaho. She had a 5 year old female and a 10 month old male. She had procrastinated getting him neutered and he ended up getting the female pregnant. The litter was not planned, and I don’t blame her for breeding a double dapple. I’m grateful that we have Mac in our lives.

His momma had 5 puppies in the litter who all survived. Mac is the only double dapple from the litter
The woman did let us know as soon as we showed interest about the possibility of Mac having some health issues related to him being a double dapple. Neither my husband or I have had any experience with double dapples, so we needed to weigh the possibility of serious health issues. We had fallen in love with Mac when we met him as a 6 week old pup, we knew that we were going to love him regardless of his health problems.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Before we took Mac home, the owner had noticed he was not reacting to sounds like his siblings were. Mac is deaf. We have not had him professionally tested for the range of his level of hearing, but it’s very clear that he does not react to sound like he should.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
I would say owning a double dapple is the same as owning any other dog. It just comes with some different challenges.
Training Mac has been a challenge for us because we’ve had to adapt to our previous knowledge of training dogs. Hand signals have been the best way for us to communicate with him. He’s extremely smart and has learned things so quickly, but we are still working every day! He’s still a puppy so we are learning and growing just like he is!

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
First of all, Mac has been neutered. I know this is a common practice but passing on bad genes is not cool. Having him neutered was important to us because we don’t want him passing on his unlucky bad genes.
We do have an Instagram account for Mac and we share some of our challenges and tricks when it comes to raising a double dapple.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
People mention Mac’s color pattern often. He is beautiful but I always mention him being a double dapple. Helping people understand that his coloring is beautiful, but it is a result of some carelessness with breeding.
But it is a great way to educate and share our experience with others because many people do notice his unique pattern and coloring!

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them? 
Treats and repetition has been the only way we’ve been able to get Mac trained!

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Mac is our sunshine in life. He loves to steal snacks while we are eating them. He’ll eat just about anything. I mean he has a stomach of steel!
He has naturally known how to fetch since the day we got him when he was 7 weeks old. It amazed me then and it still amazes me.
Now I can’t sleep without him snuggling under the blankets with me. He’s my little buddy and has changed my life for the better. If we lost him, it would take me a while to consider getting another dog because he has just filled the holes in our hearts.

Rosie The Double Dapple

Rosie Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
Our double dapple is named Rose or Rosie. She’s a little over a year old! 

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We had absolutely no knowledge on the dachshund breed, let alone much about “purchasing” a dog period. Though we don’t regret getting Rosie, we definitely wish we’d done more research before making our decision. To be completely transparent, like most people when they see double dapples, we stumbled across a picture of a beautiful white and uniquely marked puppy on a breeding site and fell in love. It wasn’t until after we brought her home, and I began to do more research on the breed I realized she wasn’t an average puppy. I was also pretty sure on that first day that something was off, especially when she slept peacefully through the night without waking up even when we moved through the house. Though it wasn’t till we took her for the first vet visit, my husband and I learned our 9 week old puppy was completely deaf.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
We’ve been fortunate enough to where deafness is her only issue, apart from the normal with any white animal breed - like easy sun irritation on their skin. 

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
With Rosie being our first dog, it’s definitely had it’s own set of challenges - and some unique to being a double dapple that we obviously didn’t know until we got our second dachshund Bowie. Though on the flip side, she’s one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever encountered, touch is her favorite way of communication and she’ll let you know when she’s happy with a face full of puppy kisses. Rosie is completely fearless when it comes to most everything, she loves everyone she meet and almost demands attention from complete strangers. Obviously, some of the downsides include having to find a different way to communicate with each other. Finding ways to make her comfortable, especially with a younger puppy around who likes to sneak up on her at night. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, but we’ve all adjusted and learned how to live with the specialness that is Rose. Though I wouldn’t suggest purchasing a double dapple, I wouldn’t discourage people adopting those in need. With the proper education and understanding of their genetic defects of course. Honestly they’re like any other dachshund, full of personality and maybe love to cuddle a little more than most. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
For me it’s been redirecting people to online information about the risks of bad breeding, and how to avoid buy a puppy that is a product of a backyard breeding - or the importance of adoption. This is often what I do when people message me about how beautiful she is, asking where I got her, or asking what breed she is. It really is important to stop these breeders from continuing to make these “designer” breed dogs, and advertising them as “rare” colorings by educating people on just how bad these puppies can get. 

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
Much like when people approach me online, I explain directly that she’s a product of bad breeding without shame. That despite how beautiful she may look, Rosie isn’t the kind of puppy to go online searching for. Explaining she was born completely deaf, and that we’re lucky that’s the only impairment she’s received - considering may other are often completely or partially blind and deaf. Being direct about her condition has been the best way personally to educate those interested. 

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
We’ve struggled to train Rosie, especially as an energetic puppy. Though thankfully she’s extremely responsive to treats, and loves touch praise. We’ve taught her a few hand signals, mostly the basics like sit and potty. Though we got lucky that she‘s pretty good at checking in with us through eye contact when out on walks and always sticks close on lead. 

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
My biggest piece of advice for anyone with a double dapple would be to get a second dog, I truly believe getting our second dachshund Bowie has helped build Rosie’s confidence tremendously. It’s also helped her learn what normal dogs are often afraid of, and what she maybe should have been cautious of from the beginning. Really Bowie has taught Rosie how to be a dog, and  watching them have their own little form of communication without the barriers my husband and I face with her has been absolutely magical. 

PEET THE DOUBLE DAPPLE DACHSHUND

Peet the Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
Peet. He is around 9 years old - he's a rescue, so we will never know for sure, but we got him 7 years ago and they said he was 2, so...


2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We got Peet from a local Long Island, NY rescue called Last Chance Animal Rescue. They try to bring animals up from the kill shelters down South. He came from a hoarding situation (which is most likely why he is a Double Dapple - inbreeding). They had some small dogs on their page and we were looking for a small one, so we went to the Petco where the adoptions were happening. We met Peet, and he kind of chose us. He wasn't super barky, he was sweet with other dogs, he was interested in everything. We didn't think they would let us take him home that day, but they did - and he was ours! We knew he was a dachshund, but we didn't know ANYTHING about them, and we had no idea he was a DD - it took us a couple of weeks to figure out that was what his coloring was called.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
He can definitely see and hear, but we think his sight might be a little impaired, and he is starting to get cataracts. He does do this adorable thing where when you call him from one direction, he immediately looks to the other, so that may be a hearing issue, but it's a darn cute one.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
Peet has enriched our lives in innumerable ways. He is a funny, stubborn, striking little guy with a lot of personality and a mind of his own. He stops traffic on the regular when we walk through our town, with both dachshund people and regular folks. We have made a ton of friends due to his charm and funny face - we met a couple at a wine store, and they ended up basically adopting Peet and us to the point where my wife and I got married in their backyard three years after that chance meeting! I have also met people from all over the world from running his Instagram. Also, and I've heard it's like this with dachshunds in general - but he runs this house ;)

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
We use the hashtag on every post, and try to be very open and clear when people stop us to ask about him about why he is so unique. Would love to help educate people further. 
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6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
First, we say thank you ;) Then we launch into our spiel, where we say, basically "Yes, he is a dachshund. No, you don't see many that look like him around. His coloring is called double dapple - it's very rare. He's actually a rescue. They shouldn't be bred to look like this, as double dapples can end up with birth defects and sight and hearing issues. He's pretty okay though - he can see and hear -  we are very lucky. But he's still super stubborn - which is just a dachshund thing ;)". Then we will answer any other questions, explain that he is the product of a hoarding situation and is probably a product of relatives breeding, and let them pet him if they'd like, because he's a very good boy and soooo soft.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?

We know he can hear but he pretends he cannot on the regular. Would love tips on recall, ha!
We do worry about his health, both in typical dachshund issues like IVDD, and I've also seen some on insta that didn't make it through routine surgeries, so while he desperately needs a teeth cleaning, I'm afraid to put him under. Would be interested if anyone had any info or experience on that (putting a double dapple under anaesthesia)...

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
He is the light of my life and my best friend and copilot. We try to take him anywhere we can and often plan excursions based on whether a place is dog-friendly. He makes us laugh daily, and has such a weird little walnut brain - I would love to know what he is thinking! Sometimes he deigns to cuddle with us, but that is on his own terms. But if he sleeps with you, he has to be touching you - he's actually a great Big Spoon. He does not like kisses and hugs but has to suffer through them because I LIKE TO GIVE THEM.
His favorite food is CHEESE, no doubt. Though he won't turn down steak or chicken or tuna or basically anything. He likes cronchy veggies like cucumbers and baby carrots but not plain boring iceberg lettuce. He is a member of the destroyer's club when it comes to toys. He likes stuffed toys with squeakers, and trying to rip them apart and destuff them. The older and the smellier the more he likes it. He also loves to chew on his antler. 
He loves to ride in the car with his head out the window and revisit any place that ever provided him cheese. Seriously, he will remember he had cheese in a location he hasn't been to in years.
We wouldn't trade him for anything, and we are so lucky he chose us to be his family.

Piper the Double Dapple Dachshund

Piper the Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
My double dapple babe is Piper Athena also known as @piperthedapplequeen on Instagram and she turns two June 26, 2020!

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
Well my best friends mom’s two new dapple doxies had an oopsie litter very young before she had the chance to neuter (they are now). At the time I had no intention of even thinking about getting a puppy, we were just excited to see puppies. Out of curiosity one night, I googled what two dapple parents puppies would look like when I discovered double dapples and the risk the pregnancy was going to be. We were all pretty nervous for the weeks leading up to Cookie’s labour. To our surprise Cookie birthed EIGHT puppies! Two chocolate boys, three dapple girls, and three double dapple girls. Piper was the only DD with a full white face and the last to open her eyes so we were really worried she would be blind. Her sister Delilah Blue, who Cookie has kept, is partially blind, and her other sister Lucy has full sight and hearing.
By the time the puppies were about 8 weeks old and after lots of convincing, Piper (then named Athena after the Greek God) was my new fur baby!

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Piper has her sight and full hearing but she does have pretty serious sun sensitivity and one slightly smaller eye.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
It’s been interesting! The doxie breed in general is very different than the dogs I’m used to but she’s a fun time and always keeps me on my toes. She definitely draws a lot of attention when we go to the beach or park. People are always so shocked there’s such thing as a long haired dachshund, let alone with white dappled fur. There are some things we have to do differently though. We try to avoid beaches or walks if it’s too sunny and she does have sunglasses we try to get her to wear as much as possible- she’s not a huge fan.

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
When people ask her breed and I always try and educate them on how horrible it could have been. Not every DD can be as lucky as she was and a little white fur isn’t worth the risk.

6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?

I usually just say thank you and try to educate on how unsafe DD breeding is.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
Piper has been trained like any normal pup

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Pipers favorite past times include chasing squirrels every morning, barking at the mailman, playing with her Italian greyhound sister, and chewing on sticks! She may not be as normal as the average dachshund but she has no clue, nothing can stop this spunky girl.

 

Dudlee the Double Dapple Dachshund

Dudlee The Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
His full name is Dudlee Longfellow Carney, He is 5 years old; Born on April 1st.
2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
I saw him in a window at the local mall pet store. He was labeled as a "Chocolate and Tan Dapple Piebald". My girlfriend and I wanted a second dog and she had doxies in the past, I grew up with Shelties but had always wanted a doxie. We walked out of the store with Dudlee the day after the day we saw him. 
We took Duds in for his first checkup with our vet who confirmed that he was actually a double dapple and not what the papers said. When the vet brought Dudlee back out to us and told us his actual coat they held him and asked if we wanted to give him up because of the potential risks. I don't think I could have grabbed him from them any faster than we did.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
So far, he is perfectly healthy! He does have heterochromia and his blue eye has dappling in it.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
He seems more mischievous than other Dachshunds. As a puppy he learned he could pretend to pee next to the potty pad so that it would distract us and allow him to run off to the hall way to poop. It honestly feels more like he owns us and his sister (Chihuahua mix) rather than us owning him. 

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
I will always explain the potential issues or double dapples to anyone to asks about him. I ask questions to those own know more and try to keep learning about what can happen.

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 he is called a double dapple and they aren't supposed to be intentional when it comes to breeding because they have a very high chance to have issues in life.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
If anything, he may have a small issue with night time vision. He is one of the very few lucky ones who can be a more average dachshund.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Dudlee loves his rope toy and has a Penelope Pineapple that he has had for over a year and hasn't ripped open yet; it is a pineapple husk that has a sliced pineapple inside that is meant to be ripped open. He goes absolutely insane for Kahoots smoked turkey tendons and dried fish. He also believes himself to be 10 times his actual weight and size. He also loves car rides to the point he will get sad if the car leaves the house without him.

Oliver the Double Dapple Dachshund

Little Dapple Ollie

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
Name: Oliver (Ollie, Sossie, Silly soss, baby)
Age: 6 months

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
We rescued / adopted him through King Kingsley who is a very good friend of ours. I knew he was double dapple. The breeder thought he might be vision impaired to degree, but didn’t believe he had any hearing issues. It was obvious within a few minutes that he could see more than he could hear - and that wasn’t much - which was a bit daunting in that moment. But dear me he was cute. So tiny. So vulnerable and sweet. So we loved him instantly anyway.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Oliver is totally deaf, completely blind in one eye, and severely vision impaired in the other. He had blood tests done before being desexed and everything came back normal so I think (hope!!!) everything else is ok.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
It has been seriously challenging. Not so much now, but in the beginning until Ollie was about 3 and a half months old, he slept terribly, needed to be near (on) his humans, was impossible to toilet train, barked and cried hysterically as soon as he felt alone - even if he wasn’t - and was then inconsolable (also you can‘t just call out or make soothing noises because he can’t hear!). We tried many many different tactics but nothing seemed to work.

When he was about 2 months old we brought home a gorgeous blue cattle dog pup (Frida) to keep him company and be his eyes and ears. They loved each other instantly and have been inseparable ever since. But in the early days Ollie still needed his humans within reach at all times so everyone in the house was very sleep deprived. To be honest, we were pretty close to our collective wits end 😱 and I had just spoken to the vet about sleeping pills (for him 😆 - I was desperate! They advised against it of course) when a switch flicked and he was all of a sudden ok! I think it was a post-vaccination sleep... but whatever it was, I’m eternally grateful because he’s pretty much slept through the night ever since.  

Walking him is funny. He doesn’t want to be too far from his humans but at the same time he loooves exploring. He hates being on a lead. Doesn’t get it at all. We live on a big property with lots of land to roam so a lead isn’t too important anyway. On walks he goes off following a smell or a shadow.. half the time he manages to find us again with his nose and every other time we have to run towards him (save him from whatever minor disaster he’s approaching 😆) until he spots our movement and begins to follow again. One day I saw him do a cartoon doggy trot in the air as he unknowingly walked straight off a little embankment (he was fine, don’t worry!).

He’s suuuuper cute and lovable and frequently falls asleep seconds after settling into a good cuddle. He’s tiny and a fussy eater - but will happily eat cow or kangaroo poo (?!). He’s bossy with his little sister who is now at least four times his size and they rough-play like wild dogs. It’s hard to get used to. Ollie has this singsong kind of wail he does during their wrestling games. It’s hysterical. He’s pretty tough though, and can definitely tell her when he’s had enough!

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
Ollie has an insta page - @little_dapple_ollie - and that’s probably the extent of our active awareness campaign. 


6. What do you say to people when they stop you in public and make a comment on how beautiful your Double Dapple is?
People frequently stop to admire him. When he was a teeny puppy he drew massive crowds 😂. They always comment on his beautiful colouring and every time I say “yes he’s lovely, but it came at a heavy price..” and then go on to explain the poor breeding choices and predictable genetic defects. People are usually quite shocked.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
We don’t, basically. He doesn’t stray far from us. He doesn’t have a vicious bone in his body, and he has no terrible habits. We did try to teach him a bit of sign language but he can’t see well enough so it’s only effective up really close and it’s very difficult. We managed to teach only “come” but he loves us so much I think as soon as our shadows appear he’s already on his way to us anyway - I’m not sure it’s a real trick.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Despite the difficulties, it is such a privilege to have this little boy in our lives. He has the sweetest temperament. He loves being cuddled and carried and walked and played with. He’s super tolerant of the smaller humans and puts up with a lot of kid-style love. We are so happy to be able to show him a wonderful life full of love and light within his silent and dark little world.

Tank the Double Dapple Dachshund

Tank Double Dapple Dachshund
1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
His name is TANK and he is about 2 1/2 years old. 12-20-17

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
My husband's yellow lab passed and we wanted a playmate for my black & tan mini doxie. We found a breeder in California that sent photos. We liked the regular dapple, but the breeder encouraged us to take the white one. She did not know what a double-dapple was and said she had never had one in any litter. We reserved him not knowing anything! 

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
I think he may have vision issues; i think he may be cross-eyed, but his eyes are so blue and beautiful it's tough to tell. The vet agrees with me, but my husband thinks we are crazy and Tank is perfect. Some of our friends call him Crazy Eyes!

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
He has brought SO much joy to our lives! He has such a funny personality! His best trait is his affection though. Hr loves all of us HARD and always has kisses and snuggles to offer. He gets so much attention! He is so beautiful and we love showing him off!

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?
We did Double-Dapple research on our own when he was a puppy to familiarize ourselves with what we had. When people ask about him, we share what breed he is and what we learned!

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 explain what a double-dapple is! I guess that is where the awareness starts. Tank is very friendly, so usually he is giving kisses or talking to the people so not much conversation is had! We certainly love talking about him.

7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?
We have not done any additional training for his potential sight issue because he can see just fine.

8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Tank is a ball of energy and has an ear-percing bark, but he just wants to talk! He is LOVED everywhere he goes especially the Vet and his doggy day care. He LOVES GREENIES and can easily be trained with True Chews Duck Cuts! His favorite trick is "sit & shake" and the "leave it" command mmeans "no" in every situation. He is definitely a Daddy's boy because he and dad play rough! His favorite toy is the foxtail ball because it has a tail on the end he can play tug with. He likes to be in the pool on his raft but hasn't really enjoyed swimming yet. We are working on it! We hope to get him ot on hikes soon when this pandemic is over. Overall we love him SO much and he was a great addition. We wish we have 3 of him!

Blue the Double Dapple Dachshund

Blue The Double Dapple Dachshund

1. What is your Double Dapples Name and how old is he/she?
This is Blue, he is 1 ½ years old!

2. How did you end up with your Double Dapple and did you know he/she was a Double Dapple when purchasing/rescuing/adopting?
Last year my fiancé Isaac and I moved to a new city, and I was unemployed at the time. We had toyed over the idea of adopting a dog and decided that with my newfound freedom, this was the perfect time. We quickly decided that we wanted a dachshund and I wasted no time searching the internet for a litter with puppies ready for adoption. Blue was listed as a mini-dachshund piebald. We were shown pictures of his parents and told that his mother carried the dapple gene. When we met him, he touched his nose to mine and instantly fell asleep in my arms.. I knew in that moment he was our dog. It was not until a week after we had brought him home that we knew something was different.

3. Does your Double Dapple have any impairments/health issues?
Blue is deaf. Other than his lack of hearing he is a perfectly healthy and happy boy. We consider him to be very lucky that he has no other impairments or health issues.

4. What has it been like to own a Double Dapple?
Training is quite difficult with a Deaf Double Dapple. As humans, we had to adjust our expectations to accommodate how he might understand us, since he relies solely on visual cues rather than sounds. Because Blue lacks the ability to hear, his other senses are heightened. Blue can sniff out where we have hidden his toys in seconds and is an expert in playing hide and go seek. On top of this, he relies heavily on sight, and does startle easily if he isn’t paying attention to his surroundings. If he notices something has moved or sees something in the distance, he has something to say about it. He has an incredibly loud bark! His vocalization can certainly be a challenge for us, especially on days that he is feeling particularly chatty.

5. How are you helping to spread #DoubleDappleAwareness ?

We use Blue’s Instagram, as well as our own personal accounts to inform others about the oversights in Blue’s breeding. Instagram has been a great platform to spread awareness, as well as meet other who are also facing similar struggles with their fur babies. While we don’t like to approach the situation to ask for sympathy because of his differences, we are open and honest with the quirks and difficulties that come with having a hearing-impaired puppy.

(@blue_the_doxie, @goodnatalie, @isaac_classic)


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 can’t go on a walk without at least one bystander saying “OMG a WHITE dachshund?! I’ve never seen one before!” While Blue soaks up all the love and attention, we politely agree that his coat coloring is not common. It does not take long for people to realize that Blue doesn’t respond to their vocal cues. Usually that is a perfect lead-in to discussing the reasoning behind his disability, and the irresponsible breeding practices that has led to his coat.

On occasion we have people asking for the breeders’ contact information because they want a dachshund that looks like Blue. We then go into more detail as to why seeking a dachshund with this coloring leads to more puppies being born with impairments due to irresponsible breeding. We advise everyone that admires Blue to be responsible pet owners and do diligent research on breeders they are corresponding with, and research on the breed itself and their possible health problems to avoid the experience we had.


7. If your Double Dapple has any impairments ie Sight/Deafness how have you trained them?

Our first obstacle was learning how to grab Blue’s attention. We needed to be able to maintain eye contact with him, so that he would learn to look to us for visual cues. Blue is treat motivated, which became our best tool while training him. YouTube is a great resource in learning how to train a dog using sign language. We decided on what hand gestures felt natural for us and used that to teach Blue basic commands (sit, stay, no, come here, go potty). Now it is second nature to sign to Blue, and we forget other dogs can hear us when we talk. We still do talk to Blue as if he can hear because we know that he can feel that love and energy.

Potty training is a completely different story! Dachshunds are already stubborn and notoriously difficult to potty train, so adding a deaf dachshund to the equation has been more of a struggle. Blue certainly likes to make “statements” with his accidents to show he is unhappy with being left home alone. Slowly but surely, we are getting there!


8. Tell us more about your Double Dapple
Blue LOVES to play fetch (love is an understatement… he LIVES to play fetch). It does not matter if it’s with a ball, or a stuffed animal. Blue is always dropping toys at our feet waiting for us to throw it for him. Blue has not met a toy that he does not love, and it’s his personal challenge to see how fast he can tear it apart. We have a heavy rotation of toys to keep Blue entertained and distracted so we can throw away the ones he has torn to shreds. Whether its hiking, playing outside, or even cuddling on the couch, Blue is happiest spending time with his humans. He is a very loving and energetic boy and is the absolute love of our lives. 
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5 comments

  • This is so cute! I loved learning about all the different dogs!

    Jenna
  • Great to learn more about these pups! Thank you for helping raise awareness!

    Jill
  • So excited to see a community come together, and see how other ended up with their double dapple babies!

    Shylena
  • Thank you for doing this! More people need to learn about double dapples! So happy to be part of this movement ❤️

    Stephanie
  • Loved seeing all this information about all these doggies like my Piper and how it is for their owners!

    Gabby

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