Dachshunds are so popular for a reason! These sausage dogs are the definition of short and sweet. But they also have a sassy side to them that makes us love them even more! There are many different variations of the Dachshund. But today we want to put the spotlight on the very rare and special Long Haired Dapple Dachshund.
If you are unsure what dapple means — it actually isn’t a color. Instead, it’s a coat pattern. The dapple design can vary from a huge smattering of splashes to one single spot and usually, they are black and tan in color. But there is no general rule because even dapple Dachshund puppies from one litter can look differently.
Long Haired Dapple Dachshund, also called dapple Doxie, in addition to this unique coloring also has long, soft, and silky coats that make them even cuter! However, it also makes them quite the shedders…
How can I get a Long Haired Dapple Dachshund?
If you want to get a Long Haired Dapple Dachshund, you have to make sure that at least one of the parent dogs has a dappled coat pattern. The dapple pattern is actually caused by a genetic mutation. It can display as just one dapple spot, or the spots can cover their whole coat.
If both of the parents have a dapple pattern, the chances of the puppies having this physical characteristic are even higher. In addition to that, these puppies will often also have large patches of white on their bodies.
Height and Weight
The Long Haired Dapple Dachshund has the same frame as the regular Dachshunds have. That basically means that they are built like a sausage. But an incredibly adorable sausage! Their legs are short, however, they are also surprisingly muscular.
Dachshunds are pretty short dogs at only 8 to 9 inches. They weigh between 16 and 32 pounds. However, there are also miniature Dachshunds, measuring 5 to 6 inches and weighing under 11 pounds.
Coat and Grooming
Dachshunds come in many colors and patterns, but when it comes to coat length there are three types of Dachshunds: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired and longhaired. The dapple Doxie is obviously long-haired. This means that they aren’t as easy to maintain. You really have to put in a lot of effort to properly care for them. Their elegant long coat will require regular grooming appointments. You should schedule regular cuts at least once every two to three months.
Additionally, make sure to give your dogs regular baths at home as well. A bath every 2 to 3 weeks will be completely fine.
Also, don’t forget the three things many dog owners often overlook: brushing their teeth, cutting their nails, and cleaning the ears.
While we’re talking about their coat, we also have to mention that there is a double dapple Dachshund as well. According to the Dachshund Breed Council it’s when two dapple Dachshunds are bred together. Now, this is a result of bad breeding. These dogs have white markings on their neck, paws, nose, and tail. They can also be entirely white or with markings that are a different color. These dogs can also have blue eyes, or sometimes they will have one brown and one blue eye.
So, double dapple Dachshunds come with many risks. These dogs can sadly be born with seeing and hearing problems. Some are even born blind and deaf.
Temperament and Personality
Dachshunds may be small and short, but they have the biggest personality! They are courageous, protective, and very loyal to their owners. These dogs are going to make you laugh and win you over with their quirks immediately. But, they also have lots of love to give you.
As Dachshunds are hunting dogs, they can be suspicious when it comes to strangers and you will have to start the socialization process early. Dachshunds have a hard time trusting strangers and can be quite snappy if they don’t know someone.
Due to the fact that Dachshunds are a hunting breed, they have some typical hunting-dog personality traits. They are alert, bark a lot, and will notice any weird noises around your home. Dapple Dachshunds make excellent watchdogs and are very loyal. However, due to their high intelligence, all Dachshunds have a tendency to be stubborn.
Training and Exercise
When it comes to training — Dachshunds are fairly easy to train. These dogs are clever and love to please their owners. However, their high intelligence can also grow into stubbornness if you don’t start the training early on.
Praise and rewards will work wonders on Dachshunds. Also make sure to start the socialization process early on, as they can be a bit, over-protective near strangers.
Additionally, make sure to not leave your Dachshund alone with small kids. Dachshunds have the most delicate backs and kids can easily hurt them while playing. Dachshunds also bite if they are not handled properly.
When it comes to exercise — Dachshunds love to be active. Make sure to walk them as least two times a day. Long walks and a healthy diet will keep your sausage dog in good shape.
Health and life expectancy of the Long Haired Dapple Dachshund
Most Dachshunds live a long and healthy life. Their average life expectancy 12 to 16 years.
Unfortunately, there are still some diseases they are prone to.
Due to their short legs, the number one health risk for them is obesity. So make sure your dog gets a moderate amount of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
Other health conditions that Long Haired Dapple Dachshund are prone to are:
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Hip dysplasia
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus
- Acanthosis nigricans
Thankfully, most of these conditions can be prevented. Just make sure that your Dachshund has an active and healthy lifestyle. And don’t forget to schedule regular check-ups at the vet!
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