Rocky - The Double Dapple Dachshund Interview

Here’s my second interview! Can you believe I’m already through two?! Today’s friend is named Rocky, and he is a very special pup. I won’t get ahead of myself though. This interview will be Rocky’s Mom, because she has some very important topics she wants to raise awareness on.

Let’s get started! (P.S. Mama will be helping me with these, since she’s the one with the fingers!)

Okay, first question: Is there a story behind Rocky’s name?

 Rocky is actually a nickname for Roscoe. We have a cat named Oscar, so try yelling Roscoe and Oscar at the same time. We got them mixed up often! So I started calling him Rocky instead. He was named Roscoe because my husband and I had been trying to think of a name for him for weeks, and one day, simultaneously said, “Roscoe.” We knew then that was his name.

How old is Rocky? And how long have you had him?

  Rocky was born on January 4th, 2017. We’d known about him since his Mom was pregnant, and knew we wanted a boy from the litter. He actually didn’t get to us until late April though, because I’d broken my leg in February, and was unable to walk for months.

Now, we talked on Instagram, and you said Rocky is a Double Dapple Dachshund: What does that mean?

  Double Dapple means that both of his parents were also Dapple Dachshunds. Dapple is a dominant gene that causes loss of pigment, resulting in the “dappling,” that you see on standard Dapple dogs (specks of white, mixed with brown or black). Only one Dapple is needed to breed a litter of dapple puppies. Breeding Dapple to Dapple results in too much loss of pigment. That’s why you’ll often see large patches of white or even solid white in Double Dapples. It can also affect the eyes and ears. Also, this is seen in other breeds known for Dapple or Merle colorings.

Is his type common?

  Unfortunately, it’s more common than it should be. Double Dapple Dachshunds have a unique appearance compares to regular Dapples, and people want them because of that. Many of them occur from, “oops,” litters, but there are also breeders who will do it purposefully, knowing the consequences.

You’ve said that Dapple shouldn’t breed with Dapple. Can you explain further?

 Well, Dapple is a dominate gene. Breeding with a non-Dapple will result in Dapple puppies because only one copy of the gene is needed. Some colors can hide the Dapple gene, such as cream, red, and tan, because it can only affect one type of pigment. Therefore, you may have a dapple dachshund and not even know, because the color is hiding the markings. Two dapples bred, and both pass on the pigment gene, which causes white, or lack of pigment. It can cause blindness, deafness (sometimes both), small under-developed eyes, and sometimes no eyes at all.

How did you first find out about this breeding? Or rather, find out that it was dangerous for the puppies?

 I was uneducated on Rocky’s color pattern. And didn’t pick him for his colorings. I knew I wanted a male dachshund, and he was the only male of his three pup litter. The term, “double dapple Dachshund,” wasn’t even in my vocabulary. We got Rocky from my husband’s friend. All we knew, was that she had two dachshunds, and her female was pregnant. Rocky’s Mom is an all-white, long haired, miniature dachshund, who is deaf. My husband’s friend told us she was, “albino,” and left it at that. Rocky’s Dad is a long haired, single dapple.

 After getting Rocky, a lot of people were interested in him. It was unbelievable the attention he got! People would stop their cars in the middle of the street, just to ask about him. All of our friends and family wanted one just like him. I started to think about the possibility of breeding him, just one, so friends and family could have one. And with that in mind, I took to the internet, to research his breed.

 Upon reading about his unique coloring, I found out that it was known as double dapple, and just how dangerous it was. I also realized that his Mom is a double dapple, which explained why she is deaf and pure white. Needless to say, I will not be breeding Rocky, and he will be getting neutered.

What is Rocky’s favorite treat?

  I don’t think there’s a treat he doesn’t like! He loves food!

What is Rocky’s favorite activity?

  I’m convinced it’s sitting in my lap, lying on top of me, or being under my feet at all times! Rocky is Velcro-ed to me! Other than that, he loves tormenting his cat brother, Oscar, and used to love playing with his older brother, Tobey, who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Oh! Can’t forget about chasing his tail! He does that often.

Can you describe Rocky’s personality?

  Rocky is a very sweet boy. He’s mellow for his age, and loves humans of all ages. And he plays really well with my rambunctious six-year old son.

Do Dachshunds require any special care? And since Rocky is a double dapple, is there any additional care?

 Being double dapple doesn’t require any extra care for Rocky. He’s very lucky that he was born without any abnormalities whatsoever. Unfortunately, that isn’t usually the case for most.

 All Dachshunds have long backs, and are at risk for IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease). Some say that the owner should practice caution at all times, with a Dachshund, and take preventable measures, such as: no jumping, standing on hind legs, or rough playing). Others say that if the dog is going to get it, there is nothing you can do to avoid it.

What suggestions do you have for someone wanting more information on double dapples?

 Join the Facebook group! (Life with a Double Dapple Dachshund) There are a lot of wonderful and well informed people with double dapples, and they love educating people on the breed!

How did Rocky come to be a part of your family?

 I never saw myself as the, “small dog type,” actually. I had a cocker spaniel at the time and a pit bull previously. I always told myself I’d never go smaller than my thirty-two pound cocker spaniel. Over the eight years I worked at a boarding kennel, I got to know MANY breeds of dogs very well. (I consider myself somewhat of an expert on many different breeds.) Anyway, there was one particular Dachshund I fell in love with, who was red and long haired. Years later, in conversation, I told my husband my next dog would be a pit bull. However, it turned out we couldn’t have one where we live, so my next choice was a long haired Dachshund. The rest is history!

How can readers help enforce the fact that breeding double dapples is dangerous for the dog?

 Honestly, the best way is word of mouth. Recognize what to look for in double dapples, and educate people on what it can do to the puppies.

What can be done for double dapples that are born with defects? And do these defects affect their lifespan or quality of life in a significant way?

 Many born with defects, end up in shelters, sadly. Being born blind or deaf doesn’t hinder them. They don’t know their different, and can still lead long, healthy live. What they need are owners who recognize their differences, and are willing to work with them. It may take more love and patience to train a sight or hearing impaired pup, but the love they return is worth it!

If there was one thing, that hasn’t already been mentioned, that you’d like the readers to know about Rocky, or double dapples in general, what would it be?

 Rocky is one of the very few, lucky double dapples. He wasn’t born with any birth defects, but don’t let his luck be a deciding factor. He’s rare. If you truly want a double dapple, don’t look to a breeder. Instead, search through local shelters, and Dachshund rescues. There are plenty of them needing homes.

Bodie: Wow! All very good information, and all things I had no clue about. It's always good to keep in mind, friends that dogs often become popular because of their "cuteness," but it isn't always best for the pupper. AND plus.... people need to learn that ALL Pups are cute!! I for one am glad that Rocky is perfectly healthy. It makes me so sad to think that others are out there getting bred just for appearance. There isn't room for ignorance when it puts anyone in danger. So, please think, and understand the possible outcomes of specialty breeds. 

Thank you so much, Rocky & Rocky Mom! 

Now friends! Follow Rocky on Instagram @rocky_the_dachshunds_life and give his pictures some love. I guarantee you will LOVE every picture!

AND (Very Important!) If you would like more information on Double Dapples, please visit the Facebook Group/Page: Life with a Double Dapple Dachshund. Rocky's Mom was kind enough to ask the owners permission to share the name page with all of my and Rocky's friends, so get online, and like/follow this page, and get all the info you need!


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