Piebald Dachshund dogs appear to have darker spots or patches over a lighter base color. This base is often white or cream. All piebald Dachshunds look quite distinct, as their pattern placement is not perfectly predictable. And the exact shades of their coloring vary.
- What does the piebald gene do?
- How rare is this pattern?
- Piebald vs dapple Dachshund
- Puppies and breeders
The Dachshund is a German breed originally used to hunt badgers alongside human companions. For this role, Dachshunds had to be courageous, loyal, and independent. These traits, alongside their long bodies and short legs, are still found in modern Dachshunds! Although they are more common as family pets these days.
Piebald Dachshunds appear to have dark patches on a lighter base color. But at a genetic level, in fact the reverse is true. They carry the white spotting gene, which overlays white patches on top of a dog’s base color.
The white spotting gene can work on top a variety of different colors. So, the darker fur can be anything from fawn, tan, or cream, to darker browns, and even black.
Some Piebald Doxies, like the handsome chap above, also carry the ticking gene. The ticking gene has the effect of punching little holes in a dog’s white spots, so their base color shows through again.
Piebald Dachshunds are the same size as Dachshunds with other patterns and shades.
Standard piebald Dachshunds grow from 8 to 9 inches tall, weighing anywhere from 16 to 32 pounds. Piebald mini Dachshunds are smaller, often only reaching 6 inches tall, and weighing up to 11 pounds.
Are Piebald Dachshunds Rare?
Trends in coat colors and patterns tend to come and go. Since piebald markings depend upon inheriting the white spotting gene, it is relatively straight forward for breeders to plan for piebald litters, or specifically avoid them.
Since they are currently growing in popularity, many breeders are specifically trying to get puppies with this pattern. Waiting lists may be a little longer due to the popularity of this color. But, it will depend on your location.
Be wary of breeders charging inflated prices for piebald litters on the basis of them being rare. This is untrue and cynical marketing, usually employed by puppy farmers.
Are They Healthy?
Sadly, the piebald pattern is linked to certain health complications that can impact a Dachshund’s quality of life. For instance, piebald dogs with a very high proportion of white in their coat are more prone to deafness and other hearing problems.
Of course, this isn’t fatal, but affected dogs will have significantly different care needs to a regular dog. This may involve completely new training techniques, and extra care when taking your dog out – particularly if you ever let them off leash.
On top of this, piebald Dachshunds are prone to all of the same health issues as any other Dachshund. Including the severe conformation-related issues they can face.
Piebald vs Dapple Dachshunds
If you’ve heard of piebald Dachshunds, it’s likely you have also heard of dapple Dachshunds. Dapple is a similar pattern, and is hugely popular with Doxie lovers.
Dapple coloring is caused by a dominant gene called the merle gene. It is distinct from the white spotting and ticking genes.
On a piebald Doxie, color patches follow a somewhat predictable pattern of spread. But dapple Dachshunds have a random light patches of color dispersed across their body.
In addition, the merle/dapple gene affects eumelanin (black pigment). So, the lighter color can range from browns to blues, instead of being white! Dapple dachshunds may also have blue eyes or a pink nose, but piebalds do not have this.
Breeding Piebald Dachshunds
In general, it’s not a good idea to breed puppies for a certain appearance. This makes it much more likely that health issues can be passed on, as it restricts the breeding pool to a very small number of dogs – those with the desirable pattern.
And, since piebald coloring is often linked to deafness, breeding two piebald Dachshunds together isn’t a great idea.
Ideally, you should always choose a breeder who prioritises health over coat color, or any other appearance trait. Especially given the number of health issues that can affect this breed.
Piebald Dachshund Puppies
Piebald coloring is increasingly popular with Dachshund lovers. This has both a positive and negative impact on your chance of finding puppies.
Because it’s a popular shade, many breeders will try to breed for piebald coloring. Meaning piebald Dachshund puppies are a lot more common and often have shorter waiting lists than in the past.
Mike McQuade says
We have two 12 week old Dachshunds. One is a red, the other is a registered Piebald. They came from a liter of 3, one dies. These are brothers both male.. they are really bonded together..
The piebald is a hellion and together very difficult to train. The piebald barks. The red seldom does.. they play rough and sleep but then if you aren’t closely monitoring them they just get up and pee on the floor..
My wife is about ready to go nuts..
Anna Lee says
To house break a pup, YOU have to be trained to their schedule. And be consistent on taking them out. With their peeing in the house at night, when young they cannot go without peeing for long periods. You need to contain them in a fenced area (we use a child’s play yard or crate, especially at night) with washable pee pads that cover yhe rntire area. They begin to recognize the pee pad as the spot to go. As they get older they will start going to one spot in the containment area, then you can gradually reduce the size of the pee pads, and start letting them out to free roam, and they will go back to the pee pad to do their business. The areas that they have peed in need to be cleaned and then sprayed down with a urine neutralizer, other wise they will just go to that spot to pee again. If they have used the carpet, you will have to saturate the area with the neutralizer to get down into the padding.
My dog is light brown with white feet and white tip on tail and white on head is she a puebsld
I have a piebald..he s white with large brown patches.. long hair..beautiful pup…love him so much..beautiful greanesh eyes..n a redish nose..his name is Bentley…he stole my heart..he will always be a part of my family…
Tammi Beames says
I am looking for a female Piebald Dachshund in Idaho with short hair