COLORS OF DACHSHUNDS
Red Dachshunds are widely known and recognized for their beautiful range of "red" coloring. From a deep mahogany red to a pale golden and all shades of brownish red in between. The array is truly splendid. Red Dachshunds may be a clear red or they may have black hairs in their coats. Some reds have black trim around their eyes and ears and also along their backs. This darker trim often fades as the puppy gets older. The reds usually have black noses and nail color and brown eyes, unless they are a dilute red. ( Can appear in all coats)
Black and tan Dachshunds are also widely known and recognized. They have a shiny black coat and have tan or reddish brown markings on the face, chest, four feet and under the tail. The nose pad and nails are usually black. The eyes are a dark rich brown and the markings should be deep tan and even. (Can appear in all coats)
Black and Cream Dachshunds are the same except that their markings are a light cream instead of tan.
(Can appear only in smooth and long coats)
Occasionally when black and tan Dachshunds with indistinct markings are bred over many generations, they can produce a Dachshund that appears to be solid black. Genetically there is no solid black Dachshund, however, there can be a puppy that appears to have no tan markings. These black Dachshunds are recognized be AKC and are highly regarded and desired by pet owners and breeders. (Can appear in all coats)
Chocolate & Cream Dachshunds are similar to Black and Cream Dachshunds- their main body color is a rich dark chocolate to a light milky chocolate and their points are a lovely cream color. Chocolate and cream Dachshunds often have brown or hazel eyes and a liver-colored, self colored or deep dark brown nose pad, nails and tan markings.(Can appear only in smooth and long coats)
Chocolate & tan Dachshunds are similar to Black and Tan Dachshunds but their main body color is a rich dark chocolate to a light milky chocolate. Chocolate and Tan Dachshunds often have brown or hazel eyes and a liver-colored, self colored or deep dark brown nose pad, nails and tan markings.(Can appear in all coats)
Occasionally when Chocolate and Tan Dachshunds with indistinct markings are bred over many generations, they can produce a Dachshund that appears to be solid chocolate. A solid chocolate would appear to have no tan markings. These chocolate Dachshunds are recognized by AKC and are highly regarded and desired by pet owners and breeders.(Can appear in all coats)
Cream colored Dachshunds do not have any red or tones of red in their coat color. they often appear almost of white to greyish white at birth. They are a natural buff color with dark brown eyes, and a black nose and nail color. They may also have some black hairs in their coats-around the eyes, ears and along the back. This black often diminishes as the puppy gets older. (can appear only in smooth and long coats)
American Cream colored Dachshunds often appear white to pale blond at birth and can come in smooth or long hair. As they get older, they often appear to be a strawberry blond or beige tone. They normally have dark brown eyes and a black nose and nail color. However, just as you can have a red dilute resulting in a liver colored nose, you can have a diluted American Cream with a pale nose. This is the result of breeding an American Cream to a chocolate and tan or other dilute color.(Can appear only in smooth and long coat)
Isabella & Tan
Isabella and Tan Dachshunds, often described a Fawn colored with tan markings are another form of dilute color. Isabella and Tan is a dilution of Chocolate and Tan. The main body is a silvery fawn (greyhound) colored and the markings are a muted tan. The eyes are usually a light greyish green and the nose pad and nail colors are pale liver colored.(Can appear in all coats)
Wildboar Dachshunds have a light brown base coat and a black overlay. The Wildboar color is noted by its light color base showing through the nose area, around the eyes and also the underside of the body. Wildboar is most common in wire haired Dachshunds but can appear in smooths as well.(Can appear only in wire and smooth coat)
Wheaten is the color of the oily yellowish part of non-homogenized milk. They should have the darkest eyes, nose, and nails, Colors range from a dingy looking white to a butter color. (Can appear only in wire hair)
The Brindle pattern in Dachshunds appears like a series of stripes (like a zebra) along the base color.
Dapple Dachshunds show patches or spots of lighter color mixed in with patches of the self color. They sometimes have white on the chest. If the dapple pattern appears across the face, one or both eyes may have blue speckles or may be entirely blue.
Double Dapples usually have larger areas of white on their boddies in addition to their base color and patches/spots, Eyes may be completely blue and they amy have white on their heads, white nail tips, white on their feet, white on their underside and their sides. Double Dapples are produced when two single dapple parents are bred together.
Piebald Dachshunds show a white spotting pattern over the base color. Piebalds should never have blue eyes. If they do, then they should be registered as Dapples. They should also have no shading with the white areas or body spots. The amount of white varies, ranging from a white collar, white chest, underside, tail and feet to almost pure white.
True Sable Dachshunds are very difficult to describe. Sable is seen in long haired dogs only. The red is so dark as to appear black. The whole body except for the face and feet are seen with the base color of the dog with black tips at the ends. The face and feet are usually the base color. Therefor a Red Sable will have red at the base of the hair with black tips- the face and feet will be red.