Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by admin
Are you one of the many people who don’t really care about the slight differences in colors such as salmon and pink? If so, the various colors of dog coats may feel confusing at times. Like, Cream, Wheaton, fawn, and blonde long-haired dachshunds – what’s the difference?
You might be surprised to find out that the American Kennel Club’s standard for dachshunds recognized 15 different colors and 6 different color patterns. Some are more common, like the black & tan pattern, while others, like the full-black dachshund, are exceedingly rare. So, what about blonde long-haired dachshunds – what exactly are they?
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Blonde Long-haired Dachshunds
Blonde dachshunds aren’t really a specific sub-type of a dachshund. Instead, blonde is just the word a lot of people use for certain types of dachshund coats such as the English cream or the Wheaton. So, let’s go over those variations and we will have covered all blonde dachshunds.
The English Cream Dachshund
The type of dachshund that’s most commonly referred to as “blonde” is the English cream dachshund. This color variation is quite rare and has a price tag to match its beauty and rarety – often up to $5,000! This dachshund’s color is definitely more cream than blonde, as far as we’re concerned, but that doesn’t stop most people from calling it blonde nonetheless.
There are several different sub-types of cream dachshunds too such as the EE or “Clean cream” dachshund, the Shaded cream, and the non-English cream. There’s an American cream dachshund color too, but this variation is caused by an entirely separate gene variation.
We won’t delve into too much detail here as we’ve already covered the English cream dachshund quite thoroughly here. Suffice it to say that the English cream variation is the most recognizable one and it’s often called blonde dachshund. And, yes, the English cream dachshund is most commonly a long-haired dog so it often fits the description “Blonde long-haired dachshunds”.
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The Wheaton Dachshund
This rare Doxie type has a very unique and adorable appearance. It’s almost always wirehaired but it can be smooth-haired as well, albeit rarely. So, you can find long and smooth-haired blonde Wheaton dachshunds out there. And, people do often mean the Wheaton when they talk about blonde dachshunds nevertheless.
The Wheaton dachshund does have a nice golden/blonde coloring. It also often comes with distinct whitish or brown hues, however, that look pretty cool on its wiry coat. In addition to being adorable, wiry coats also shed less which is pretty great. These coats still need quite a bit of care, however, as matting and entangling are quite likely without regular grooming.
Fawn and Tan Dachshunds
Tan is one of the most common dachshund colors as is fawn. The tan and chocolate long-haired dachshund is also an especially lovely combination.
Of course, neither of those is really “blonde” in any way, however, we can understand if some people confuse these colors. Light fawn Doxies can look pretty blonde, especially under the right (or wrong) lighting. So, it’s still important to keep these color variations in mind as a lot of people may just mean light fawn when they are asking for a blonde dachshund.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a golden/blonde-looking Doxie, picking a light fawn long hair can be a very affordable alternative to breaking the bank on the overly expensive English cream dachshunds.
Is A Long-haired Dachshund The Right Pick For You?
With the color differences out of the way, let’s take a moment to see what makes long-haired dachs special. With many tan, fawn, and other blonde-ish colors coming in short and smooth coats, and with the Wheaton being mostly wiry-haired, it’s worth making sure a long and smooth-haired coat is the right choice for your pet.
The main difference between long and short hair is, obviously, the length. Both types have an undercoat and both are pretty smooth. So, the amount of shedding you can expect and the type of care you’ll need to give are comparable.
However, longer hairs also mean more effort overall. Even though long and short-haired Doxies shed similarly, for example, the shedding of the longer-haired variation will be much more noticeable. So, if you’re sensitive on the subject of dog hair constantly covering your furniture, a long-haired dachshund may not be the best pick for you.
Wire-haired dachshunds like the Wheaton, on the other hand, don’t shed in the same way as the long and short smooth-haired dachshunds. Instead, they almost don’t shed throughout the year and only blow their coats twice a year, typically around spring and autumn. This can either be easier or harder to deal with, depending on your approach.
Typically, with long-haired dachshunds, we recommend regular brushing to minimize the shedding. With wiry Doxies, on the other hand, we recommend a visit to a groomer before each blow-out. Brushing is still needed to prevent matting of course.
Lastly, neither Doxie coat type is considered hypoallergenic so you don’t really need to think about that.
Are All Types Of Blonde Long-haired Dachshunds Equally Healthy?
Doxies are not the healthiest dog breed overall so you should always be mindful of the health of the dog you’re getting. You’ll be happy to know that there aren’t any known health differences between the various dachshund coat types. So, this doesn’t need to be a big consideration either.
It is worth noting, however, that, because of how rare they are, English cream dachshunds can sometimes be overbred. Such overbreeding can result in certain health problems such as Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) or heart problems. Still, this isn’t something intrinsic to this coat type – it’s just what happens with any dachshund when they haven’t been bred properly.
To avoid health problems, make sure that you only shop from reputable breeders who offer health certificates for their dogs.
Blonde long-haired dachshunds are what people often called English cream dachshunds. They might mean some other coat types such as the Wheaton or the more common fawn dachshund, however. Either way, there’s no denying that these are gorgeous dogs that can lighten any home.
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