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Dachshund Merl-Dapple History in the UK

The dapple (also known as merl) is one of the oldest of Dachshund colours. It is, indeed, probably as old as the breed. The German authority Jester, writing in 1797, refers to the dapple Dach­shund as being equally esteemed with the red and the black and tan; the only other colours he mentions. Exactly when the first dapple reached this country is uncertain. The earliest of which we have knowledge is a dog named Tiger Reinecke, born in 1888 and imported from Germany by Major Harry Jones in 1890. This dog created great interest and was widely used at stud. Until 1896 all the most successful dapples appear to have been descended from him. In 1896 Mr. G. R. Krehl imported the silver dapple Unser Fritz, born in 1893. He, too, proved very successful both in the show ring and as a sire and did much to sustain interest in the colour. In 1901 Mr. A. Tooth brought over a very beautifully marked dog which was registered as Wengel-Ermannsheim. Other dapples were, no doubt, imported between 1890 and 1914, but the three dogs named were the most important and left their mark most strongly on the variety.
The First World War, wrought sad havoc among Dachshunds of all colours. Its impact on the dapple was especially tragic. At the end of the conflict only one dapple remained in the UK, a dog named Pied Piper, owned by Mrs. Saunders. In 1923, when ten years old and almost blind, he was mated to a bitch, Kardotta, and sired two outstanding puppies, one chocolate and the other silver dapple. The dapple became Champion Foxsilver, generally considered to have been the best of his colour bred in this country. He had a long and brilliant show career, in the course of which he won five challenge certificates and over one hundred prizes in competition with all colours. Almost every existing dapple in the UK owns this remarkable dog as an ancestor and owes its colour to him.

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As is the case with Chocolates there are some breeders who still believe in myths and have genetically inaccurate breeding ideas as a result of that. In this case they are convinced that using dapples in breeding will cause various pigmentations issues. This is actually genetically incorrect and as with chocolates If you breed from a dog with poor pigmentation then you are more likely to have offspring who also have pigmentation issues. This will happen regardless of the colour of parents. Please see Chocolate Dachshund Pigmentation issues for more detailed pigmentation information. There are some limited grounds for health issue ideas BUT ONLY when breeding TWO dapples together and as a result the KC has now taken steps to prevent the use of two dapple breedings in the future having banned the registration of such matings as of Jan 1st 2010. The use of ONE dapple in a mating poses no heath or pigmentation issues whatsoever despite the many myths taken up by people who should really know better. Follow the dapple breeding rules further down the page correctly and you will have NO issues. For detailed information on Double Dapples please go here

 

Dapple Colour Types

Dapple Dachshunds can come in Silver Dapple (Black and Tan version), Chocolate Dapple (Chocolate and Tan version, Red Dapple (Red version) and Cream Dapple (Cream version). Those versions can also be Double Dapples see HERE for more information. PLEASE NOTE: the red and cream dapples are often very hard to tell as being dapples.

Chocolate Dapple Silver Dapple
Chocolate Dapple Silver Dapple

 

Dapple Eye Colours

Dapple Dachshunds can have eyes of two different colours. It is not unusual to find dogs with one blue and one brown eye. Blue eyes, partially blue eyes, or a blue eye and a brown eye are called "Wall" colouring. Wall-eyed is permissible and acceptable by the KC for dapples.

  Full Partial

Dapples ONLY are allowed the Wall eye/blue/white. Both full and partial are allowed. Can be one or both eyes.


 

Quick Reference Guide to Dapple Breeding

Double Dapple Dapple Black/Chocolate and Tan SAFE? Pups from Breeding - Note % is a guide prediction and may or may not be correct!
   

X X

As of 1st January 2010 no dapple to dapple matings will be allowed to register pups with the KC

  NO 25% Base colour, 50% Single dapple, and the issue in this equation 25% Double dapple which may or may not have health issues

75% DAPPLES! This combination should produce 75% but frequently produces more with the whole litter often being the norm!

 

XX

As of 1st January 2010 no dapple to dapple matings will be allowed to register pups with the KC

    NO 1100%  double dapples which may or may not have health issues

75% DAPPLES! This combination should produce 75% but frequently produces more with the whole litter often being the norm!

X   X SAFE 1100% single dapple

50% DAPPLES! This combination should produce 50% but frequently produces much less with one in the litter not being uncommon!

  X X SAFE 50% Base colour, 50% Single dapple

50% DAPPLES! This combination should produce 50% but frequently produces much less with one in the litter not being uncommon!

Double Dapple Dapple Red/Cream SAFE? Pups from Breeding - Note % is a guide prediction and may or may not be correct!
  X X MEDIUM Risk

NO for CHOCOLATE Dapple variants with Red or Cream as this can cause future breeding colour issues with pigmentation

50% Base colour, 50% Single dapple - This mating contains the risk that pups may go unidentified as dapples and thus cause a dapple to dapple mating at a later point in time. It is our personal recommendation that the ONLY SAFE OPTION with pups from such a litter is that from a breeding point of view they should always be regarded as dapples even though they don't show visible signs of being dapples - see Phantom Merle. When the merl dna test finally becomes available we would recommend any pups that DON'T look like a dapple from a litter containing a dapple parent be tested regardless of appearance. At that point should they test negative they may safely be regarded as non dapples.

50% DAPPLES! This combination should produce 50% but frequently produces much less with one in the litter not being uncommon!


For detailed information on Double Dapples please go here

 

 
 

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