|Barked: Mon Oct 29, '07 3:50pm PST |
Mommy sent a letter to some DCA members and only one of them replied
One of the questions mommy asked was, "Why are piebalds considered unworthy to be part of the breed standard."
Here is the DCA members response: "For hundreds of years, white has not been considered desirable in the Dachshund. Our standard and many others around the world, have long stated that a small amount of white on the chest was acceptable but not desirable. It has not been considered to represent correct breed type as most Dachshunds have either been black/tan or red.
Because you have Piebalds, all is not lost as far as showing is concerned. We know that Piebald is a recessive gene so you can easily breed away from it if you wish to have something to show. Breeding to a dog that does not carry piebald will not produce piebalds. Those dogs will carry the piebald gene but as long as they are not bred to anything that carries pie, they will not produce pies. You can produce reds, blk/tan, possibly chocolate, blue or cream depending upon what color genes your dogs carry and all of those can be shown in AKC rings."
So, her advice was to "Breed the Piebald Gene Out!!!!"
But again, without being able to show the piebalds in conformation events, thus proving that the dog is close enough to the breed standard to pass on these genes to future generations, how can you feel good about breeding that dog???
Sounds like this is going to be a huge dilemma for a LONG time!
There is no "Genetic" or "Health" concerns with this pattern that is backing this decision by DCA....it's all just their "Personal Opinion" about the "Look" of the dog!
And, to top that off, they want it "Bred Out..."
So there's your answer as to why....
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