What Is a Piebald Dachshund?

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A piebald dachshund with her unique markings may not be as desirable in the show ring, but she still has all of the qualities you love in a dachshund. Originally bred to hunt badgers in their holes, these tenacious but friendly dogs make excellent companions.

Piebald dachshund characteristics

As with all other colors of a dachshund, piebald dachshunds have short, stubby legs and long bodies. They are sometimes referred to as wiener or sausage dogs. Dachshunds have a long nose that is slightly rounded on the top and their faces are framed by long, rounded ears. Their coat may be smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired.

There are two recognized sizes of the breed: standard and miniature. Standard dachshunds are 8 to 9 inches tall and 16 to 32 pounds. Miniatures are much smaller, measuring only 5 to 6 inches tall and weighing no more than 11 pounds.

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Breeding piebald dachshunds

Dachshunds come in a variety of colors. Dachshunds may be black and tan, reddish-brown, merle (dapple or patchy), brindle, or cream, to name a few. The piebald dachshund, on the other hand, is white in color with colored markings. The markings may be a sold color, black and tan, brindle, or dapple. A piebald dachshund with dapple markings may have blue eyes but all other piebald dachshunds have brown eyes.

The gene that produces the piebald color is recessive, which means that if two non-piebald parents carry the gene, you could get a piebald puppy in the litter and, if you breed two piebald dogs, they will produce a litter of piebald puppies.

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Dachshund health concerns

Dapple, or merle, dachshunds may carry the recessive lethal white gene and are more likely to suffer from blindness and deafness. For those who like white coat color, a piebald dachshund is an excellent option as they are not carriers of the gene.

Piebald dachshunds have the same health concerns as other members of the breed. Due to their long back, the dogs are prone to back injury and damage to the spinal discs. Maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise help keep your dog's back strong and healthy. Avoid overdoing exercise and activities such as jumping off of the couch that may cause injury. Since they have floppy ears, ear infections are a common concern.

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Breeders should also test for common genetic conditions such as patella luxation and congenital heart disease. An eye exam is also recommended by the Dachshund Club of America.

Piebald dachshund care

Maintaining a healthy weight is critical to keeping these dogs healthy and free of pain and injury. Feed a high-quality dog food in the amount recommended by your veterinarian. Limit treats and avoid feeding people food. Be sure to walk your dog daily to keep her fit.

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As a member of the hound group, dachshunds have a high prey drive, so be sure to keep your dog on a leash during walks. When training, be patient and consistent and offer plenty of praise and rewards.

Grooming requirements vary depending on what type of coat your dachshund has. Smooth-coated dachshunds will do well with a weekly brushing and occasional bath. Longhaired dachshunds need more frequent brushing to keep their coat free of tangles and mats. Wirehaired dachshunds need to be brushed about twice per week and may need to have their eyebrows and beard trimmed on occasion. All dogs need regular nail trims, and be sure to check and clean their ears regularly.

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