Meet Kenny the Double-Dappled, Double-Disabled Dachshund

Kenny is both blind and deaf, but don't call him dumb! Rescued from a hoarder, this Dachshund gets around just fine.

Liz Acosta  |  Oct 28th 2013


Kenny is not only double-dappled, he’s double-disabled. The little Dachshund with a speckled coat is both blind and deaf.

Kenny’s lack of sight and sound are a direct result of irresponsible breeding. When two dappled Doxies make puppies, it increases the chances of the dogs being born with a range of disabilities ranging from blindness to deafness, or with no eyes or ears at all. Yet people still take the risk because they want to sell dogs with unique and highly sought-after coats. Not worth it, in Dogster’s humble opinion.

Kenny specifically was rescued from a hoarder, so who knows if he’s the result of rampant, unchecked mating, or came from some other horrible situation. The point is that he now has a fantastic forever home with a family of humans who were at first anxious about undertaking all the extra responsibility of a special-needs dog, but have stepped up to the challenge. Kenny shares his home with another dappled Dachshund who was rescued from a puppy mill.

Despite being blind and deaf, Kenny is an adventurous pup who can be found scampering all over the house. On his Facebook page, Kenny advocates for the adoption of special needs dogs. Sure it’s a little different than owning a “regular” dog, but, as Kenny proves, it is just as rewarding.

There are more photos like these on Kenny’s Facebook page — go say “Hello,” and tell him Dogster sent you!

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About Liz Acosta: Dogster’s former Cuteness Correspondent, Liz still manages the site’s daily “Awws,” only now she also wrangles Dogster’s social media. That’s why she wants you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and — her personal favorite — Instagram. See ya there!

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