Dachshund Questions

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Dachshund Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 3/15/2007
When you choose a mate for a dapple, do you have to make sure that there is no dapple in their background at all? I thought that it would carry through the generationa like piebald does, but someone who was selling puppies told me that only a dapple dog mated with another dapple dog could produce a double dapple. I don't want a double dapple and now I am confused as to what the proper procedure for looking for a mate for my dapple would be.

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3/15/07 Unless you are an experienced breeder I would not tackle the double dapple. They run so high in deafness and blindness I would leave it to long time breeders. If you want the single dapple pattern, like the one you are breeding, you can mate it with any coat pattern. Dapple is a semi-dominant gene so to get the dapple pattern one parent has to be dapple. I think what the other breeder was trying to tell you that regardless of how other many dapples are in a dogs line, if that dog is not dapple and it was mated with another non dapple dog it could not produce a dapple dog. So in the short of it one parent has to be dapple to produce single dapple dogs. In order to get piebald both parents either have to be piebalds or both have to carry for piebald. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have ay other questions. Heather
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