Doxies come in many shapes and forms. So, let’s go over the different dachshund types and colors and why this is one of the most diverse dog breeds out there. And, more importantly – which type of dachshund is right for you? Does their behavior or health depend on their size, for example? What should you watch out for when adopting or purchasing a dachshund puppy? Let’s discuss.
How Many Different Dachshund Types and Colors Are There?
Doxies are indeed one of the most diverse dog breeds when it comes to all the different dachshund types and colors. Here’s a quick breakdown.
Different Dachshund Sizes
The two widely recognized dachshund size categories are Standard and Miniature. Standard dachshunds range between 16 and 32 pounds (7.5 to 15 kg) whereas miniature Doxies are supposed to be around 11 pounds (5 kg).
There’s also an unofficial third size category which is the toy, teacup, or rabbit/kaninchen dachshund. These are dogs that can weigh as little as 7 to 8 pounds or around 3.5 kg. Most kennel clubs don’t recognize these dogs are purebreds because of the health issues that often come with their improper breeding.
Learn more about: Toy Dachshund Full Grown Height, Weight, And More
Different Dachshund Coat Types
The three standard dachshund coat types are smooth- (short), long-, and wire-haired. They make for some very different looks and hairstyles, as well as shedding and temperature tolerance. The differences in behavior are mild, however – long-haired Doxies are said to be calmer but individual temperament differences can make up for that.
Different Dachshund Colors
There are literally dozens of different possible dachshund colors. The most common ones people tend to talk about are the 20 we’ve outlined here. The most common ones include black and tan, black and cream, red, chocolate and tan, and others. Some of the rarest ones, on the other hand, are fully black, English Cream, albino, Wild Boar, and others.
Do keep in mind that some of the rarest dachshund colors can not only be extra expensive but may also come with health issues if they’ve been bred inadequately. Always demand a health certificate from your breeder to make sure that everything’s in order with all dogs but especially the rarer subtypes.
How Do All These Dachshund Types and Colors Affect The Dogs’ Price?
So, what’s the average price of a purebred dachshund puppy of any type? Right now, the AKC market price is ~$1,500 from a reputable breeder. This one number conceals a broad range of anything between $500 and $4,000, however. So, we’ll go over the price of all dachshund types and colors.
Let’s start with size – are miniature or standard dachshunds more expensive? As of right now, miniature dachshunds tend to be a bit more expensive than standard dachshunds. The reason for that is twofold:
Miniature dachshunds are more trendy right now so the increased demand is driving the price up.
Smaller dogs have smaller litters which means that mini Doxie breeders have fewer pups per litter to sell – this further incentivizes them to bump up the price of each individual pup.
All in all, however, size isn’t the major factor that affects the price.
How about coat type then? If you look at some averages online, wire-haired dachshunds seem to be more expensive than long and smooth-haired ones. Long-haired dachshunds also seem to be a bit more expensive than smooth-haired ones. This difference also isn’t all that major, however, and it’s likely due to the fact that some of the rarest and most highly-valued dachshund colors are common in long and wire-haired dachshunds.
So, color – this is the driving factor behind most price differences in dachshunds. Some extremely rare colors such as full black, Wild Boar, or English Cream can easily cost up to $4,000 or even more. While the more common black and tan or full red colors can often be priced in the three digits.
What is the rarest dachshund color?
This can come as a surprise to a lot of people but the rarest dachshund color is black. That is – full black with no additional spots of tan, red, or anything else. This can feel paradoxical as black is the most common color in bi-color and tri-color dachshund mixes. However, the full black coat in Doxies depends on a very recessive gene that few dogs have. Albino and English Cream dogs are other examples of famously rare dachshunds but even they aren’t as rare as the fully black Doxie.
What are the different types of Dachshunds?
Dachshunds can be divided into two or three separate types based on size, three more based on coat, and literal dozens based on their color. The different sizes types of dachshunds include Standard (i.e. medium size) Dachshunds and Miniature (i.e. small size) Dachshunds. There are also toy, teacup, or rabbit/kaninchen Doxies which are even smaller than miniature ones. However, those are widely not recognized as purebred dogs because of the amount of inbreeding needed to produce such a small dachshund. In terms of coats, dachshunds can be smooth (short) coated, long-haired, and wire-haired. The difference between the latter two is whether the dachshund has an undercoat or not and whether its hair is long and wavy or medium-length. Wire-haired dachshunds also have a terrier-like chin. As for their colors, dachshunds can come in countless single-, bi-, and tri-color combinations. The most common ones are red, black and tan, black and cream, brindle, chocolate and tan, and others.
Which Dachshund is best?
This may induce a few groans but the answer is obvious – all of them. And we’re not saying it just because we love dachshunds – there genuinely isn’t much of a behavioral difference between dachshunds of different sizes, coat types, and colors. It’s believed that long-haired dachshunds have somewhat calmer personalities on average due to some minor Spaniel lineage in their past. Still, even that isn’t that major of a factor.
What's the smallest Dachshund?
The rabbit - or kaninchen in German – dachshund is the smallest type of Doxie. People sometimes differentiate between kaninchen, toy, and teacup but they are mostly the same. All three are smaller than the Miniature dachshund and aren’t actually recognized as purebred dogs because of the lack of regulation of their breeding.