Linus is a long hair however due to a fault commonly found in blues his coat has two different lengths. The white areas are longer than the blue areas giving him the most adorable and hilarious mohawk and cape.
We have only ever had one other blue with this condition while he did not get full-blown alopecia he did have a unique coat thru his long healthy life.
However, we do suggest you consider reading about alopecia before considering this cutie so you will have an understanding of the worst case scenarios of the blue coat.
The following is a short description of issues a blue might face:
Alopecia on a dachshund refers to the loss of fur. This may occur in localized patches or as a generalized loss of fur. It is different from regular shedding in that it occurs so frequently and in such high volumes that it may leave patches.
This issue is common with blue dachshunds because the trait is often associated with more brittle fur. If your doxie suffers from this issue then get them Davis TheraCoat for Pets. This helps with growing the fur back with results as early as 1 month into using the product.
Blue dachshunds often have delicate skin. It is therefore more likely for them to develop skin infections. They are particularly prone to pest infestations including fleas and ticks.
This is a condition that is common with doxies in general and the blue ones are unfortunately not spared. It occurs as an allergic reaction to things like fabrics, chemicals, and pests.
Blue dachshunds have thin hair and are therefore are more exposed to UV rays.
Both of Linus parents are AKC registered and from health tested bloodlines.
We handle each puppy daily to not only monitor its health but begin socialization even though they cannot yet hear or see they can smell and be desensitized to touch. Read about how we use Puppy School to help with desensitization.
We continue to monitor daily weights for the entire first week after that we do weekly checkups. We include a record of weights, vaccinations, and de-worming in the health record provided on each pup’s webpage. As a general rule, the pups will gain about an ounce a day through this time.
By week two eyes and ears begin opening and we can tell what type of coat the pups will have.
Week three is when the fun begins the pups start to get their bellies up off the ground, heads come up, and my personal favorite, play begins. This is when we start training the pups in earnest so many new sights, smells, and sounds to be exposed to so that shyness can be avoided.
To read more about how training and socialization continue click here.