Dachshund Colors and Patterns
Dachshunds come in a variety of colors and patterns. None of the following colors or patterns are "Rare" although some are passed off as being so and sometimes extraordinary prices are charged for such "Rare" colors. Don't be fooled by this. That said, some colors are harder to find but definitely not "Rare".
Red seems to be the most popular color. It is sometimes incorrectly called brown or tan. Red can be anywhere from a deep mahogany red to a light almost blonde red. It can also been a clear red with no black hairs within the coat or a shaded red with a little or a lot of black hair dispersed throughout the coat. The nose and nails are black and the eyes dark brown, the darker the better. It is possible to have a dilute red gene and the result would be a light red with the nose and nails being a pale liver or putty colored. This color is seen in the smooth, longhaired and wirehaired varieties.
BLACK AND TAN
Black and Tan is black with tan (red) markings. The tan, like the red colored dog, can be anywhere from a deep mahogany red to a light almost blonde red. The markings are to be as follows: over each eye, on the sides of the face and under the jaw leading down the throat, two points on the chest, on the front legs, under the belly, the insides of the back legs and under the tail. Nose and nails are black and the eyes are dark. This color is seen in the smooth, longhaired and wirehaired varieties.
BLACK AND CREAM
The same as for the black and tan except the tan markings are a light cream in color without any red hue.
CHOCOLATE AND TAN
The Chocolate and Tan color is just that, the color of chocolate (yummy) with tan markings the same as mentioned for the black/tan. The tan markings are usually more of a lighter tan and not a real dark mahogany. Nose and nails are light liver colored and the eyes are brown. This color is seen in the smooth, longhaired and wirehaired varieties.
CHOCOLATE AND CREAM
The same as for the Chocolate and Tan except the tan markings are a light cream in color without any red hue.
BLUE AND TAN
Blue and Tan is a dilute of the Black and Tan color. The main color is that of a steel gray or battleship gray with muted tan markings which is a result of the dilute gene. The nose and nails are usually a pale gray and eyes are usually a grayish blue color. Dogs of this color quite often suffer from skin problems called Color Mutant Alopecia or Color Dilution Alopecia caused by the dilute gene. "Telly" pictured above is a sad example of this lethal gene as well as a product of the sad reality of what non reputable breeders and puppy mills are doing to many unfortunate breeding dogs. Click Here to read about Telly's sad but promising story.
ISABELLA AND TAN
Isabella and Tan is a dilute of the Chocolate and Tan color. It is often called Fawn colored. The main color is that of a silvery fawn (weimaraner) color with muted tan markings. Nose and nails are usually a pale liver color and the eyes are a light grayish green color. Like the Blue and Tan, dogs of this color often suffer from the skin problem, Color Mutant Alopecia or Color Dilution Alopecia caused by the dilute gene.
The wild boar is a light brown base with dark tips. The lighter color usually shows through on the ears, face, underbelly and legs. Some argue that it is actually a pattern rather than a color. It is most often seen in the Wirehaired variety but can also appear in smooth coated dogs.Nose and nails are black and eyes dark.
A true cream colored dachshund does not have any red or red tones in it's coat. They are a natural light blonde or buff color, the lighter the better. They will sometimes have black hair in the coat usually around the ears and down the back. They are quite often born very dark (almost black) with a silvery look. As the pups grows, the coat gets lighter and lighter. The nose and nails are to be black as well as black eyeliner around the eyes. The eyes are very dark brown, the darker the better. A true cream colored dachshund will have lineage going back to England. This color is most known to the longhaired variety but is now being seen in the smooth as well. There are many dachshunds being represented as Cream but truly are not, many are just dilute reds or very light reds.
Often described as the oily yellowish part of non-homogenized milk. the color ca range from a dull looking white to a buttery color, the lighter the better. Nose, nails and eye should be quite dark. This color is seen only in the wirehaired variety.
The brindle pattern is striped similar to a Zebra but not as refined. The pattern shows dark stripes over the solid coloring. This pattern is quite common in Boxers and Whippets but is not as common in dachshunds. A red brindle will have black stripes over the red body. The black and tan brindle will only show the striped pattern in the tan markings as the black body is too dark to show, in a chocolate brindle the stripes are seen in the tan markings and are chocolate in color. One parent must be brindle in order to produce a brindle.
The Piebald pattern is that of white spotting superimposed over any solid color. The solid color patches will not vary in color. A piebald will always have a white tail tip. The amount of white or solid color will vary. An almost solid white dog will usually always have a color patch on the head and the base of the tail. Large amounts of white especially on the head and ears are not always preferred as these dogs have the possibility of suffering from deafness. The piebald pattern has been around for many years but is still being past off as a "rare" color by some not so reputable breeders who tend charge much more money them. The pattern is not rare but a really good representation of the breed in the piebald pattern is not so easily found. Many reputable breeders have worked very hard to produce Piebalds of quality and we are just now starting to see the rewards of that with several Canadian and American Champions of record. Piebald is a recessive gene in which both parents must either be piebald or carry the piebald gene. Two peibalds bred together will produce a full litter of piebalds. This pattern can be seen in all three coat varieties.
A dapple will have patches silvery color hair intermingled with patches of a darker solid color, this give the dog and overall mottled look. The dapple gene is the same as the merle gene seen in the Shetland Sheepdog. In the case of a black and tan dapple, sometimes it is incorrectly called a silver dapple. These dogs can sometimes has a partial or solid blue eye if the dappling pattern goes across the face. Chocolate and Tan dapples have a lighter yellowish dappling mied with the darker solid chocolate base. Red dapples quite often have a less obvious dapple pattern which fades as the dog gets older. The Dapple pattern must be present in one parent to produce a dappled pup. this pattern can be seen in all three coat varieties.
The double dapple pattern is produce by mating two dappled dogs together. These dogs will have varying amounts of white patches mixed with the silver and black patches. They quite often have a white collar, white feet and tip of tail, some have a white blaze down the face. If is not uncommon for double dapples to have solid blue eyes. Breeders must be experienced when mating two dapples together as this combination may result in the any of the following: deaf or partially deaf, reduced eye size or even missing eyes. It is known that a double dapple bred to any solid colored dog will always produce a full litter of dapples.