What Does A Dapple Dachshund Look Like And What’s Unique About It?


Dapple Doxies look both adorable and weird. Let’s explore what does a dapple dachshund look like and what’s unique about it?

What Does A Dapple Dachshund Look Like?

Dachshunds of every coat type, size, and color can be “Dapple”. When they are, they’ll have some tiny white spots sprinkled over parts of their body, such as the head, shoulders, paws, the torso, and others.

Why Do Dapple Dachshunds Look Like This?

The dapple dachshund owes its look to the so-called “merle” gene – the Mm genotype that’s shared with merle coated dogs of other breeds . . .

In terms of genes – there isn’t one. In terms of appearance – there also almost isn’t one, dapple is more or less another word for merle, it’s just used for dachshunds.

What’s The Difference Between Dapple and Merle?

What’s The Difference Between A Dapple and A Piebald Dachshund?

Dapple dachshunds aren’t the only Doxies with white in their fur, of course.

What’s The Difference Between A Dapple and a Double Dapple Dachshund?

double dapples have even wider white areas, covering up to and beyond 80% of the dog’s body.

Is It Easy To Tell A Dapple and A Double Dapple Apart?

Usually, yes, but not always. The exact amount of white on the dog’s fur can vary, after all. Many double dapple dachshunds don’t have as much as 80% white color while some single dapple dachshunds can get close to that.

So, What Does A Dapple Dachshund Look Like and Should I Get One As A Pet?

Those – normally harmless – white spots should also serve as a warning for you not to breed your dog with another dachshund with white in its fur. 

Double dapples, as the name suggests, are dachshunds who are the offspring of two dapple dachshunds and have the MM genotype instead of Mm (dapple) and mm (non-dapple). 

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