Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dachshund colors

Dachshunds come in a wide variety of colors from black and tan to dapple to piebald. Be aware of breeders who advertise rare or exotic colors or charge more for a specific color or pattern. NO DACHSHUND COLOR/PATTERN IS RARE!!!!! There are of course less common colors (like me, sable), but there are no rare colors. Lets start with color.

Black and tan. The Doxie everyone thinks of when they learn you have a Dachshund. Shiny,sleek, and popular. An original Dachshund color.

Red. From a light gold to deep mahogany. Can be solid red or, most commonly, have black through out the coat. An original Doxie color.

Chocolate and tan. Very pretty and fairly uncommon. This is the dilute of black and tan.

Isabella and tan. Stunning but often has thin, brittle fur and skin problem. Also prone to allergies.

Cream. Only in lines from Britain, this color is fairly uncommon in the US. Can be almost white to yellow. Often has black hair on the ears and along the back.

Wheaten. Most likely how people describe cream on a wire hair.

Black and cream. Very pretty and sweet looking. Most often seen in longhairs but occasionally in smooths.

Blue and cream. Looks like a darker Isabella. Also lots of skin problems.

                                                        Patterns:

Piebald. White fur with patches of red, black, blue, cream, brindle and chocolate. An original Doxue color that is no longer recognized by the AKC. Save the Piebalds!

Dapple. A beautiful pattern with a base coat of one color and splashes and spots of different colors. Can have blue eyes. Called Merle in other breeds. NEVER breed two dapples.

Brindle. The entire coat may be brindle or only on the tan points.

Wild boar. Most often seen in wirehairs but also in smooths, this color looks almost salt and pepper on wires and looks like a red chocolate in smooths.

Double Dapple. Extremely difficult to tell from Piebalds, Double Dapples occur when two Dapples are breed together. This color is almost always blind or deaf.

Sable. Finally! My color! Sable is the must uncommon Dachshund color. It usually occurs in longhairs and rarely in smooths ( I'm special!!!!)  and looks black and tan from a distance. Each hair on the back,  legs, head, and sides is banded with a light red at the base and black at the tip. True Sables always have a widows peak. One parent must be Sable to produce a Sable puppy.

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