My Favorite Color is Blue, Blue Dachshund that is!
We got our first dachshund, Simon (left), in May of 1996. At the time, we had no idea what a “Blue Dachshund” was or how to care for him. Now we have two blues and a blue dapple. So of course my favorite color is definitely BLUE!
A blue dachshund is really a diluted black & tan that is usually paired with a condition called Alopecia (hair loss). Our blue dapple, Keno (middle), is only partially blue, so he does not have alopecia at all. Simon was born with hair, but it gradually all fell out by the time he was 2 years old. We’re not sure about Shadow (right) because we rescued him in October 2003 from Southern California Dachshund Rescue, so he was almost 6 yrs old when he came to live with us.
Keno was also rescued from Southern California Dachshund Rescue in August 2006. He was just a baby at 4 months old.
In a nutshell, the two blue dachshunds (Simon and Shadow) don’t really have a fur coat to protect them from cold or the sun. We keep lots of blankets around our house and places for them to borrough when they get cold. They rarely stay outside for more that 10-15 minutes at a time because they either get too cold or too hot, and we have lots of doggie sweaters and t-shirts for protection too.
Bathing is tricky, because you can’t use regular shampoo on the blues brothers. Regular dog shampoo adds too much oil which clogs their pores, so they develop an acne-like skin condition. I have found that an Oatmeal exfoliating shampoo with an exfoliating cloth to gently scrub the skin works the best to keep their skin free from outbreaks and looking handsome.
So there you have it. Singing the Blues is not always a sad thing! We love our blue doxies and wouldn’t have it any other way!
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