Lilly joined us from the Kierpark Kennel at the start of August 2017. Karen and Kevin, the owners of Kierpark, are the same breeders that bred Roxy, our foundation girl. We are over the moon that they have entrusted us with another very special puppy.
We have never owned a Dapple Dachshund previously and we are in love with her and her colouring! Lilly is known as a Silver Dapple - underneath the 'spots' she actually has a 'Black and Tan' coat so is officially a 'Black and Tan Dapple', but the term 'Silver Dapple' was given many years ago due to the silver colour of their markings. These markings are a pattern on top of the Black and Tan (imagine someone flicking bleach with a paint brush and wherever the bleach touched, it washed away the original colour).
The pattern is random on every dapple, no two are the same, making them completely unique.
When Lilly eventually has puppies, their colourings will be Black and Tan, Silver (Black and Tan) Dapple, and possibly Chocolate and Tan and Chocolate Dapple, depending on which stud she is mated to and whether he also carries the Chocolate and Tan gene. Chocolate and Tan is a recessive gene so both parents must carry it to produce it (the same as with red heads in humans). For offspring to be Dapple, one parent must be also.
Dapples MUST NEVER be mated to another Dapple, as this results in DOUBLE DAPPLE puppies being produced. These pups have large patches of pure white, if not totally white, and have many health issues, mainly blindness or born with no eyes at all. For this reason, the Kennel Club will not register puppies born from two Dapple coat parents.