What is a White Dachshund?The Dachshund breed comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns. It even comes in two different sizes and three different coat types! So, what is a white Dachshund? A white Dachshund is a Dachshund that is completely white from nose to tail. But is there really such a thing? The internet can be misleading, with many image searches pulling up pictures of adorable white Dachshunds and a number of breeders selling this ‘rare’ colored breed for thousands of dollars. However, we should note that while a white Dachshund is possible under the right circumstances, it is not a recognized color as far as the American Kennel Club is concerned.
Is your dog having trouble using their back legs? Click here to find out what causes hind leg weakness.But what does a white Dachshund look like? For starters, a white Dachshund will have an all-white coat. Just like his other Dachshund counterparts, a white Dachshund can come in two size varieties, including
- 8-9 inches (Standard)
- 5-6 (Miniature)
- Black and Tan
- Chocolate and Cream
- Chocolate and Tan
- Blue and Tan
White Dachshund GeneticsDid you know that the color of a dog’s coat is the result of only two base colors? That’s right! Regardless of your dog’s breed, its coat color will be determined by a pair of foundation colors which are red and black. Its coat will also be determined by the genetics from the parent breeds. Since the gene that works to produce lighter colored coats in dogs is a recessive gene, both parent breeds must carry it in order to create a white Dachshund. But will the color of your Dachshund’s coat have any sway on his health or temperament?
White Dachshund TemperamentThere is quite a bit of speculation when it comes to the color of a dog’s coat and its influence on temperament or personality. In fact, as Dr. Stanley Coren explains, studies have been done on the phenomenon of black dogs being bought or adopted less due to their color and the idea that black dogs are more aggressive. The truth is, there have been no conclusive studies done to prove that the color of a dog’s coat has any correlation with personality or temperament. This means that black dogs are no more aggressive than white dogs. For the most part, it’s believed by experts that a dog’s temperament depends on responsible breeding practices, early socialization, health, and training. Based on this information, a white Dachshund’s temperament will be like that of his other colored counterparts. On average, Dachshund dogs are clever, independent thinkers who love their people and get along well with other dogs. They are active and curious, with big personalities and are often described as sausage-shaped comedians. However, it is very important that Dachshunds be trained from an early age and are properly socialized. This is because they were bred hunting dogs who went up against impressive prey like badgers! Badgers are known for their fearsome nature, but still, the little Dachshund is known to be a courageous pursuer. This means that he will not back down and can be bold and hardheaded.
How to Train Your White DachshundAnd while smart, Dachshund dogs can be tough to train and will need a consistent, patient hand. Therefore they need an owner who understands that this breed will respond best to positive reinforcement training methods. We should note that Dachshunds can be prone to digging. So, they should be watched in the backyard so they don’t destroy your garden and grass or even dig a tunnel and escape! While Dachshunds are small and for the most part sweet natured, they can tend to show aggression when not properly socialized and trained. In fact, a 2008 study conducted by Applied Animal Behavior Science stated that the Dachshund breed was known to show a higher rate of aggression to humans. This means that the white Dachshund will be best suited for families with older children and families who are able to devote time to training and socializing their new furry family member. So, now we know that the coat color of your white Dachshund will not affect his temperament, but what about his health? Let’s find out!
White Dachshund HealthUnfortunately, there are a number of health issues related to the pigmentation of a dog’s coat, with lighter or diluted pigmentations being the most dangerous of all. Along with other issues like blindness and birth defects, your white Dachshund can be prone to congenital deafness. Along with white, other colors related to congenital deafness in dogs include
- Merle Dachshunds
- White Dachshunds
- Dapple Colored Dachshunds
- Elbow dysplasia
- Legg-Calve Perthes disease
- Urinary Stones
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Ear infections
- Spinal issues due to their elongated backs