Throughout this in-depth review of piebalds, we have drawn a lot of comparisons to dapple dachshunds, and with good reasons.
Many of us easily get the two confused as they are both considered anomalies in coat patterns in the weenie breed.
However, these two are quite different with different genetic bases, appearances, and associated problems.
Dapple dachshunds are a result of the presence of the merle gene. This affects not only the coat pattern but also things like eye and ear development and function.
The piebald doxie on the other hand is a result of the piebald gene. For the most part, this only affects the coat pattern.
Passing Down Of Genes
The merle gene responsible for dapple dachshunds is a dominant variant. This means that it is only needed in one parent to manifest in the pup.
On a side note, it is absolutely discouraged to breed 2 dapple dachshunds as the resulting offsprings will tend to have many health problems. Read more about Double Dachshunds and their curse right here.
The piebald gene on the other hand is a recessive one.
In this case, both parents either have to be affected by the anomaly or carriers of the variant for puppies to have the pattern.
The piebald has a characteristic combination of a white coat base with dark spots that could either be brown, black, or blue.
The dapple on the other hand manifests in a wide variety of coat patterns combining different colors. It could be anything from a black and tan dapple to the rare red pattern.
Finally, these two differ in terms of health consequences. The piebald is a relatively low-risk mutation as far as health issues are concerned and have only been loosely linked to hearing problems.
The merle gene on the other hand is associated with a variety of problems including deafness, blindness, and bone and joint issues.