COLORS & PATTERN

RED - 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
should have black noses and nail color and brown eyes.   
  


     BLACK/TAN - 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 should be black.  The eyes should be a dark rich brown and the
markings should be deep tan and even - not pale red or indistinct.  *** Note
that Black and Cream Dachshunds are the same except that their
markings are a light cream instead of tan.

BLACK -  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 dog,
however, there can be a puppy that appears to have no tan markings.  These
black Dachshunds are recognized by AKC and are highly regarded and
desired by pet owners and breeders.


BLUE/TAN - Blue and Tan Dachshunds are dilutes of the Black and Tan
Dachshund colors.  The Dachshund's main body color is a battleship grey or
steel grey along with muted tan markings as a result of diluting factors.  
The eyes are usually  a grayish blue color
and the nose pad and nails are a pale grey.
PEARLISH GRAY COLOR

CHOCOLATE/CREAM - 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.
 


CHOCOLATE/TAN - 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.
 
CHOCOLATE - 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.


 CREAM - Cream colored Dachshunds do not have any red or tones of red
in their coat color. They often appear almost off white to grayish 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. True Creams trace their lineage to England.

AMERICAN CREAM - 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 EE RED they get
darker.  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
   


 
ISSABELLA 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 they  A GOLDEN HUE colored and the
markings are a muted tan.  The eyes are usually a light grayish green and
the nose pad and nail colors are pale liver colored.

WHEATEN Pale yellow or fawn color. The color of wheat. The color of the
oily yellow part of non-homogenized milk. The lighter the better and should
have the darkest eyes,nose and nails. Colors range from dingy looking to
white to a butter color

BRINDLE - The Brindle pattern in Dachshunds appears like a series of
stripes (like a zebra) along the base color.  One parent must be a Brindle in
order to have the pattern appear.
 

PATTERNS
Please note that AKC will not register more than one pattern per Dachshund.
(exception is a Brindle Piebald)

DAPPLE - 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.  In order for Dappling to occur in a
puppy,
one of the parents must show the dapple gene.


  DOUBLE DAPPLE -  Double Dapples usually have larger areas of white
on their bodies in addition to their base color and patches / spots.  Eyes may
be completely blue and they may have white on their heads, white nail tips,
white on their feet, white on their underside and their sides.  
Breeding
double dapples can be dangerous as deafness,
reduced eye size and blindness may occur.   
Double Dapples are produced when two single dapple parents
are bred together.
TRUE DOUBLE DAPPLES HAVE 4 WHITE PAWS,
PLUS A WHITE TIPPED TAIL AND WHITE ON 80% OF THEIR BODIES.
 
A DACHSHUND WITH MULTI COLORS IS NOT A TRUE DOUBLE DAPPLE
UNLESS IT HAS THE ABOVE MENTIONED WHITE
IT IS JUST A
DAPPLE !!!!!!!!!


  PIEBALD - 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 within
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.

WILD BOAR - Wild boar Dachshunds have a light brown base coat and a
black overlay.  The Wild boar color is noted by its light color base showing
through the nose area, around the eyes and also the underside of the body.  
Wild boar is most common in wire haired Dachshunds but can appear in
smooths as well.


SABLE - True Sable Dachshunds are very difficult to describe. 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.  One
parent must show the Sable pattern to produce a Sable Dachshund.

I hope that this basic description helps you in determining the color
options for any Dachshund.  Additional information can be found in
Breeding Books for Dachshunds & the AKC & CKC Dachshund
Standards.
Smooth Coats  -  Long Coats  -  Wirehair Coats
OH THE COLORS & CONFUSION!!!!!!!

Piebald Pattern was a legacy from the breeds that went into the creation
of the Dachshund breed in the 1700s and 1800s, such as the various types
of French bassets and Dachsbracke in Europe.  Several breeders in Europe
and England bred and showed white and piebald dachshunds in the late
1800s-early 1900s,  and the pattern has been carried recessively ever
since.  A couple of the first registered dachshunds in England were
imported from Germany in 1869 and were listed as "red and white".  There
were separate classes for "Whites, Dapples, and Piebalds" in England in
1900.   It seems likely that that since early Dachshunds closely resembled
early Basset Hounds, Dachshund breeders chose to emphasize the solid
colors to distinguish between the two breeds.

The first official AKC Standard of the Dachshund which was adopted by the
Dachshund Club of America in 1935 was translated directly from the
German Dachshund standard.  This standard remained in effect until 1992.  
The color section read as follows: "Two-Colored Dachshund - These
comprise deep black, chocolate, gray (blue), and white; each with tan
markings etc.  . . ".  Under the Wirhaired Dachshund - "All colors are
admissible". (emphasis is mine)

In the U.S., piebalds continued to show up and a show kennel in Alabama
called Springdale in the 1940s had standard smooth piebalds which were
descended from some of the old well-known lines of those times such as
Wadelhausen, Kleetal, and Blue Key. A couple of show breeders in the U.S.
had both standard and miniature smooth and longhaired piebalds as far
back as the late 1960s.  Current show piebald breeders have traced at least
5 lines of piebalds back to German imports from the 1960s.   
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