"The dachshund is a perfectly engineered dog. It is precisely long enough for a single standard stroke of the back, but you aren't paying for any superfluous leg."
-Mary Doria Russell,
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Dachshund Info, Coats, Patterns and Colors
According to the American Kennel Club, or AKC, the Dachshund is friendly, curious, smart, vivacious, and spunky. Originally bred to hunt badgers, the Dachshund is one of the most recognizable breeds. AKC points out that because they have the bark of a big dog (not yappy) and are brave and stubborn, they "make fine watchdogs, " but also love to give and receive affection.
Dachshunds are recognized in two sizes, miniature (less than 11 lbs) and standard (16-32 lbs.) Dogs in the middle (11-16 lbs) are called "tweeners."
Coats come in three varieties, Longhaired, Smooth coat and Wirehaired. These coats and colors provide for more combinations of Dachshund than any other breed.
Here at Daisy-Hill, we have dogs in Smooth Coats and Longhaired Coats, 8-13 lbs.
There are three different coat types of the Dachshund, Smooth, Longhaired and Wirehaired. Smooth coated dogs have a shiny, short coat. A Longhaired is sleek, but may be wavy. These dogs often have the longest part of their coat on their ears, front of chest and neck. Their fluffiest part may be their tail, which AKC describes as "a veritable flag" in show dogs.
Dazzle (left) is Black and Tan Dapple, Schroeder (right) is Black and Tan. Phoebe (below) is Blue and Tan Piebald. All three are smooth coat.
Sundae (left) is Shaded Cream. Nestle (lower) is Chocolate and Tan Piebald. Bling (lower right) is a Black and Tan Dapple. All three girls are Longhaired, and though their coats have differing thicknesses, their hair is longest on their tails, ears, and chest/neck.
Callie is Wirehaired Miniature.
Special thanks to S. White for this photo! Daisy-Hill Dachshunds does not currently breed Wirehaired dogs. For more information on the Wirehaired coat, please see our references at the bottom of the page.
Patterns and Colors
There are six coat patterns, one-colored, two-colored, piebald, dappled, brindle and sable. We do not have photos of the latter two colors as Daisy hill does not breed these colors. Brindle refers to "black or dark stripes" and Sable is dual toned hairs which cause dark shading to overlay the red coat according to the AKC Breed Standard.
One-Colored and Two-Colored Dogs
There are six basic coat colors called self colors: Black and Tan, Black and Cream, Chocolate and Tan, Chocolate and Cream, Cream, and Red. This means that many Dachshunds have two self colors. Cream and Red are the single-colored dogs, though any of these colors may also have a bit of white on the chest. As you will see below, these colors combine with pattern variations to produce quite a variety of of appearances.
Piebald dogs have clearly defined patches of white. They may have the same cream or tan points as a non-piebald counterpart. Their ears are colored and their head is primarily colored.
Kiara (left) is Isabella and Tan Piebald. Her mother Phoebe (right) is Blue and Tan Piebald and Nestle' (below) is a Chocolate and Tan Piebald.
Dappled dachshunds are described by the AKC as having lighter-colored areas on a darker base color. This gives a speckled appearance to the dappled areas. A Dappled dachshund may have white on his chest and may have blue irises.
Lucy (left) is Black and Cream Dapple. Blair (right) and Ember (the smaller puppy below) are Black and Tan Dapple. Buffett (below) is Blue and Tan Dapple.
Black and Tan, Black and Cream
Black and Tan is one of the original colors of Dachshund. The base or "self" color is black and the muzzle, feet, chest and under the tail are all tan. They also have two tan areas above their eyes which make these dogs very expressive looking. These lighter areas are called "points." Black and Cream shows the same pattern, except, of course, that the cream accents are lighter than tan points. Appearing black, without chocolate or cream points, is uncommon, as genetically they are Black and Tan but failing to show the accent color.
Frankie and his daughter Gypsy are both Longhaired Black and Tan. Domino (right) is Smooth Coat Black and Cream. Lucy, below, is a Longhaired Black and Cream Dapple.
Chocolate and Tan, Chocolate and Cream
A Chocolate self color presents with Tan or Cream points, similar to the Black self color described above. The chocolate should be a rich brown color.
Tootsie (left) is Longhaired Chocolate and Tan. Below, Tootsie as a pup, cuddling with her mother and littermates. Nestle (lower right) is Longhaired Chocolate and Tan Piebald.
Cream exists as both Shaded Cream and ee Cream. Both are recognized as Long Coat. Shaded cream dogs are primarily cream colored and lighten as they reach adulthood, but retain a touch of black in their coats. The amount of black can vary quite a bit from dog to dog and may result in a golden color or light with dark highlights.
One of the rarer colors is ee Cream. The "ee" refers to a genetic marker which leaves few or no black hairs, giving them a much blonder appearance overall.
Doc ( left) and Sundae (right) are both shaded creams.
Below, Sundae was much darker as a young pup.
Sundae has dark shading on her ears (upper right) that Chance, who is ee Cream, does not.
Red is another original color of Dachshund. Red can range in intensity from a light red to rich red, to an almost brown color. Red dogs to not typically have points.
Freckles (left) is a Longhaired Red Piebald Dapple. Dresden (right) is Longhaired Red.
Dilute: Blue and Isabella
Dilute Dachshunds can present in two colors, Blue and Isabella. Blue is the dilute version of Black and Isabella is a dilute Chocolate. Isabella dogs are overall lighter than blue dogs. On some dogs, dilute areas of the coat may be thinner than other areas.
Smurfette (left) is Blue and Tan. Phoebe (right) is Piebald Blue and Tan. Below, Buffett is Blue and Cream Dapple.
Dixie (left) and is Isabella and Tan. Diva (right) is Isabella and Tan Dapple. Below, Greta is Isabella and Tan Piebald.