Q: I need to know a little more about my Chocolate Dapple Dachund

April 24, 2008 | By Pam J. | 2 answers | Expired: 2835 days ago

I need to know a little more about my Chocolate Dapple Dachund

Weinner is his name, he is approx. 1yo and we never ever have been mean to him but he has gotten very cranky and his temperment has changed. He has attacked 2 of my male Miniature Chihuahua's and has bitten my 12yo son on the hand. Why is he getting so aggressive and what should I do about it to calm him down? Also I am wanting to find a Female Blue or Silver Dapple Dachund to breed with my Male Chocolate Dapple Dachund 1 time is it ok to breed 2 Dapples? NOTE to the lady with the committ that maybe he wasen't from a good bloodline/breeder and was probably from a hobby breeder. I can assure you Weinner was bought from one of the best true breeders around and came from a great background he is also registered. There is nothing wrong with him and this just started recently. He is a great dog and we love him dearly and don't want to have to rehome him but if we can't figure this out we may have to. Also: I didn't want the other dapple to become a hobby breeder I only wanted them to have one litter and was going to get them spayed and nuetered. I already have good homes found for the puppies and I didn't know you couldn't breed two dapples that's why I was asking but I will do some more checking. One thing for sure I won't do anything that will hurt any of my pets or their babies.

Readers' Answers (2)

Apr 24, 2008

the question i have for you is are there any female breeds of dogs in your area? if so he might be smelling them and want to mate with them. i think mating him at this time might settle him down a little or do the reverse and make him worse

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Apr 25, 2008

First of all, I have to say I do not condone "hobby breeding." Serious breeders are those that breed for love of the breed, to continue breeding dogs to the highest standard possible. This means you have to know your dog's lineage and the health and temperament of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on. It's essential information, and if you're wishing to breed your dog, most breeders will turn you down if you have no documentation for your dog.

Also, there are LETHAL genetic problems associated with breeding two dapples together, which will produce double dapples. The most common fault is blindness or being born with no eyes altogether.

Breeding is not for the faint of heart. It is a joyful thing to be involved in, but can also be heartbreaking. I suggest you avoid it altogether unless you plan of thoroughly educating yourself on all aspects of it, and joining a breeder's club and things of that sort.

Also, please understand that your Dachshund doesn't need to just "calm down." He's being aggressive because he's being allowed to be aggressive. In the dog world, there are leaders and followers. If no one in your human family is the alpha dog leader, then he will try to take that position and use his teeth to enforce it.

Depending on where you got your dog, here are some possible scenarios: purchased from a proper breeder - your dog is trying and allowed to be the leader of the pack; got from a backyard/hobby breeder/pet store - your dog wasn't properly socialized when he was younger, or possibly has a genetic predisposition to aggression; adopted from a shelter/another family - who knows? Perhaps any of the preceding.

What you can do know, however, is get your dog to the vet to rule out any physical reasons for sudden aggression - if he's sick, he may be aggressive to keep others away.

If it's not physically related, get him into some good training classes. Believe me, better to spend money on communicating properly with your dog than paying for a lawsuit because he decided to bite the neighbor because he wants to be a "leader."

If you like to read (or even if you don't) get ahold of two must-reads "Cesar's Way" by Cesar Millan, who is open, truthful and the most insightful dog trainer I've come across in a long time; also check out "The Dog Bible," which is an indispensible guide to everything dogs.

Best of luck to you and your dogs!

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