Imagine the shock: the little pup you’ve just watched arrive into the world has come out… pink. And that’s not the only surprising thing you notice about the new arrival, who will later go by the name Piglet. With a jolt of dread, you realize that he isn't responding to sight nor sound. His life balances on the edge, and you know for better or worse, fate’s wheel hasn’t finished spinning...
A pink puppy?
Although Piglet’s strawberry shortcake-colored fur is strange, you at least know the cause. In fact, the reason for his unique pigment and his disabilities are the same. You’re familiar enough with dog breeding to recognize a genetic condition when you see it. Piglet’s definitely been bred as a “double-dapple.”
Of course, to the uninitiated, it all takes some explaining. You’d have to tell them about how breeders deliberately pick pairs based on their desirable traits. You would also need to mention that some of them don’t take the health of potential puppies into account, either.
You know better than anyone that careless breeding can result in some unfortunate genetic conditions. Take Piglet’s parents, for example. One was a dachshund and the other a chihuahua, both of which had the double-dapple coloring themselves. That meant Piglet’s risk of a genetic disability was greater.
If they’d asked for advice beforehand, you could have told them breeding two such animals would be a mistake. You could have advised them against it, explained to them how unhealthy that could be for future puppies such as Piglet. After all, the chances of a double-dapple pup being born in such circumstances is fairly high: roughly 25%. And these animals face a slew of health risks.