Submitted by Jasmine E:
You posted a picture of a dachshund whom the owner said “it’s color was very rare”. I just wanted to share a few things about coloration, which I think is important for every dachshund owner to know… and show you MY dachshund with that coloration & tell his story.
This is actually a double dapple dachshund, which is not a good thing. Dapple Dachshunds have recessive genes for blindness or deafness, so puppies born as “double dapples” (ones who look like this) have a high high risk for blindness, deafness, or both. I’ve even seen them without eyes. Breeders who knowingly breed double dapples are playing with fire & shouldn’t be supported. I rescued a double dapple (named bugatti, whom I love very much and is partially blind) from a breeder who couldn’t sell him because of his vision problems & was going to put him down. One of his eyes is physically smaller than the other and the other pupil is misshapen.
I read in the description of the original photo of the dog you posted & they said he has problems seeing in his right eye. This is due to the double dappling, not him “evolving incorrectly.” Whatever the white touches is what gets affected the most… and his right eye is touched most by the white. The white is where the genes cross.
Many dachshund owners don’t know about double dappling, even though it’s common in many species… including horses, other dog breeds, and many others. Here’s a link about double dappling if you wish to know more: http://www.dachshund.org/article_double_dapple.html