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Now, let's address the many Dachshund patterns which are solid, dapple, double dapple, dapple piebald, piebald, brindle, brindle piebald and sable. Any pattern may be superimposed over any of the self colors described here. It is also possible to have more than one pattern on a dog,
Solid - Simply means the dog has no pattern, any of the colors above with no patterns and only show the base color.
Dapple-Spots where some of the color is lighter, can occur in all colors. The color is usually lighter than the base color. If the dappling occurs in the eyes, the eyes are blue (may not be solid blue.) sometimes with a patch of white hair on the chests.Black and tan dapples, often incorrectly called silver dapples, have patches of silvery gray color. In chocolate and tan dapples, patches of lighter chocolate or cappacino colored hair.
The dapple gene is a semi-dominant gene, which means that one parent must have the dapple pattern in order to produce a dapple puppy. Two solid, self-colored dogs cannot produce a dapple.
Double Dapple -Same as a dapple but also with large areas of white on their bodies in addition to the self colored and dappled patches. Double dapples' eyes may be partially or completely blue, and they may have white blazes on their heads, white tail tips, and extensive white on their feet, bellies, and sides. Double dapples are produced when two single dapple dogs are bred together, although the entire litter will usually not be double dapple. This breeding shoudl not be bred as it can produce deaf and blind puppies. Neither should red or creams be bred to dapples as they could be hidden dapples.
Piebald - a white pattern superimposed over any self color, The amount of white on a piebald is variable, ranging from a full or partial white collar, white chest, belly, and feet, and a white tail tip to an almost pure white dog with a patch of color on the head and at the base of the tail. This wide range in the amount of white on a piebald is simply part of the piebald pattern and all variations are acceptable.
When ticking is present, tiny dots of color appear on the white areas (like in the 1st photo), varying in amounts from a few single dots to an abundance of dots which run together to form a roaning effect, similar to that seen in English Setters and German Shorthair Pointers. Ticking is just a part of the piebald pattern and any amounts, or none at all, are acceptable.
Dapple Piebald - a dog showing both patterns, will look just like a pieblad only some or all spots of color will be dappled as well.
Brindle - dark stripes, are superimposed over the dog's self color. One parent must be a brindle in order to produce a brindle puppy.
Dapple Brindle Piebald - Very Rarely you will get a triple patterned dog, a dog showing all three patterns, will look just like a pieblad only some or all spots of color will have the brindle striping in some spots as well as dappling in others.
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