I am looking to adopt a female double-dapple dachshund. We can tell already that she is at least partially blind, if not totally. Hearing, it's hard to say. Part of the reason I want to adopt her is that, well, I know no one else will and I honestly don't care if she's blind. I feel I can rise to challenges in caring for her.
The research I've done on health problems suggests eye and ear problems with these pooches- I'm curious as to whether I need to prepare for other health problems?
Also- especially if anyone's brought a blind dog into their home when they already had a dog (and especially if the current dog was large and the blind dog small)- any advice you can offer would be so great. I currently have a lab (Jazz) who LOVES other dogs, but she plays so hard that I know I'll have to watch her with the puppy. I think with time she'll get used to "playing nice"- but like I said, any advice you can offer would help me a lot! :)
At the time I had a cockapoo/terrier mix and a border collie/lab mix.
Well the cockapoo could careless about other animals, but my collie mix hated other dogs expecally puppies. All the other foster puppies that came into the house he would growl and snap at.
But Stevie Ray was diffrent. Kelly would play tug a war with him and lay with him. They were the best of buds.
I don't think you will have a proplem with your other dog. They can since that others are diffrent. Usually they will try and help the dog compansate. Like being its eyes for them or their ears.
Stevie Ray was great. He would follow me by me shacking keys for him. You said this puppy might be deaf so that might not work for you, but they have great noses and great memmerios.
Stevie Ray would walk into something then stop sniff the are and never run into it again.
Since the shelter is closed on Sundays and Mondays I took him home for the first time and he learned everything in the house. The next weekend I brought him home. We didn't think about and left a box in the hallway. He ran into it and gave it the dirtiest look you could imagine. I was funny, but we did feel bad. Anyway all the time he gave it the dirty look he was smelling the area and even though we moved the box he never walked in that area.
One thing to remember because this happened to Stevie Ray when he went to his new home. Is if you decide to move the furniture around have the dog in the house so that it at least knows something is going on. The people left Stevie Ray outside with the other dogs when they move the furniture and when he came in he was bumping in to everything.
Good luck with the puppy. I wished my mom would have let me keep Stevie Ray he was a great puppy. He was an irish setter or mix and my mom felt he would be too big and I had enough pets already. Two dogs, three cats and a bird.
The blindness and deafness in dashounds is usually due to the genetic makeup of the dapple and piebald breeding, but can also be linked to the breed as well. Other problems that can occur include disk and spinal problems, diabetes and skin issues. I'd advise you to purchase an expen for your lab to help introduce them as well as give your doxie the time to learn the ropes of your household without continually running into the lab. Then you could place the doxie in the expen when you weren't home for the first few weeks while she became used to the surroundings. Good luck!
I had a blind foster once and I would put a bell on my shoe so he knew where I was at all times as well when I walked him so he could follow no problem! I also put different sounding bells on the other dogs so he knew who was where, although I am sure he could smell them! It takes a little time but before you know it he will be running around the house no problem, just remember to clear things that he could hurt himself on as well as don't move anything around especially the furnature!!!! For the first while when you go out I would put him in a crate or x-pen with lots of blankets.
Sorry shadow- but that's NOT true. Double dapples are the ONLY dachshunds that have the high risk of deafness and blindness (or being born without or mini eyes or ears). Merle to merle breeding is what causes it- NOT piebald to merle (allow that is a BAD thing- since a piebald/dapple looks an awful lot like a double dapple).
Anyway, double dapples very often are born with troubles- but with an understanding person/family, can do wonderfully. We have several double dapple adopters on www.dachsie.org/vbb - you can learn a lot about how adaptive they are from their stories. :)
Double dapples ARE the only dachshunds to have problems such as deafness and blindness-for this reason two dapples should NEVER be bred together. Piebalds do NOT have these problems. You can breed a piebald and double dapple together, or a piebald and a dapple and you would not get those problems. The only way you could possibly have those problems is if you bred a dapple to a dapple, a dapple to a double dapple, or a double dapple to a double dapple.
Some other problems that can happen with these breedings, is puppies can be born with NO eyes, missing organs, deformed bones, missing limbs, etc.
I know a doxie who was born with no eyes, and a missing tail and leg. She was a double dapple. It can be difficult to tell if a doxie is a piebald or double dapple, however since the coloring can be similar.
i have a double dapple dach thats due next month to have her pups but ya know petfinder has some that need to be addopted. all my pups are sold. but i can help you find a rescue. they have problems because people breed dapple to dapple bad news and you can only breed double dapple to a solid collor.
Longdogs, thanks for the reference! And everyone, thanks for your input- I so appreciate it!
Without getting into detail, this little girl I'm thinking of adopting will have a home, regardless of if I adopt her or not. So it's not so much that I'm worried about. It's either my home with one large dog or another home full of other dachshunds and a couple of large dogs who live outdoors. Part of my interest in her is that I think it would do my lab good to have company while I'm gone, which isn't necessarily more than anyone else is typically gone (I live alone, save the current dog and a fish), but I've always felt bad that she has no company when I'm away. And also, I just completely fell in love with this pup and feel that she'd be the right addition to my little family. I just don't have a whole lot of money at my disposal, so I'm a bit concerned about her care if things arise later. I read that they can also develop glaucoma, which doesn't concern me in terms of the vision ('cause she's already impaired), but because of the pain it causes them, and the cost of treatment.
At any rate- again, thanks so much to all of you for your advice- and I'll be sure to check out the link, longdogs!
Unfortunately for the tiny handful of wonderful piebald breeders I know- there is MUCH misunderstanding about the pattern among other breeders and thus, the clubs. Piebalding is a very old pattern in dachshunds- and no different genetically than any other piebalded hound breed. "Dappling" is no different then merle in other breeds. Piebalding holds NO genetic problems with it- sporting, terrier, toy, and hounds are common with the same gene. But merle is a danger in ANY breed- Great Danes have the same deletious problems with merlexmerles, Aussies, Corgies, Chihuahuas. Any time the merle gene is doubled, there is a huge risk of trouble.
I've met many DDs- never met a completely normal one, although the lucky few exist. Most people with a sighted DD don't even realize that the dog has limits on their sight- and that they usually have smaller than normal eyes, undersized ears- so in reality, "normal" DDs are probably over-reported.
Best of luck in the adoption- and holler if you'd like me to have one of my favorite double dapple adopters contact you.