What is piebald?
Piebald is a color pattern in hound breeds including dachshunds. Piebald doxies have a white base coat covered with large spots that are a different, solid color. This pattern comes in various colors including; gray, black, and brown.
Did you know… dachshunds can only be disqualified from a show ring if they have leg deformities or coordination issues? Despite the fact that the AKC does not consider the pattern standard, there have been many piebald dachshunds who have won titles in the U.S.
Although it wasn’t until recently that piebald dachshunds became popular, the color pattern has been around for a long time. Books from Germany, U.S., and England are proof that piebald dachshunds are not new. In fact, when the AKC Dachshund Standard was translated from German to English it described the breed as white and having two colors.
Despite the fact that piebald dachshunds are not recognized by the AKC, they cannot be banned. In reality, doxies with this color pattern have been able to win AKC titles in the past, and continue to do so today. In September 1995, the first piebald dachshund (Corrie) was titled champion by the AKC. Since a revision was made to the AKC’s breed standard in March 2007, many other piebald dachshunds have followed in Corrie’s footsteps.
Piebald vs. Double Dapple
It can be really difficult to tell the difference between a piebald and double dapple dachshund if you are not familiar with the two patterns. Double dapples have swirl-like patterns on the solid spots, while piebalds do not have colors that intertwine. Additionally, double dapples almost always have an eye that is partially blue, a blue eye, or two blue eyes.
Myths and Facts About The Dachshund Piebald Pattern. Save The Piebalds. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://www.savethepiebalds.com/Myths.htm
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