Many dog breeds come in just one or two colors. Others like the dachshund, however, are much more diverse. Here are the 20 different colors of dachshunds and what exactly they mean for your dog’s genetics, heritage, price, health, and more. That’s right, dachshund coat colors can even tell you what the pup’s potential health risks are which is quite useful information to have.
The 20 Different Colors Of Dachshunds
Different people and kennel clubs disagree on the exact number of dachshund colors because some colors and patterns aren’t officially recognized by all kennel clubs. Additionally, some of the patterns we’ve listed below are actually bi-color combinations.
Nevertheless, all these colors, patterns, and combinations can be found in dog shelters and/or at dog breeders, albeit some of them are significantly rarer than others. But, to start, let’s list all 20 possible colors and combinations.
- Red – very common color often associated with dachshunds
- Cream – quite a rare color, especially if we’re looking at English cream dachshunds that many people view as “true cream dachshunds”
- Chocolate – solid chocolate dachshunds are pretty rare too but not as rare as black or English cream Doxies
- Fawn – also called Isabella, fawn is a diluted red color caused by the Color Dilution Alopecia condition
- Blue – also called grey, dachshunds with this solid color are diluted versions of the chocolate dachshund, again due to Color Dilution Alopecia
- Black – a solid black color is the rarest color a dachshund can have
- Black and tan – a very common bi-color combination
- Black and cream – another common combination, often associated with the breed
- Chocolate and tan – a much more common than solid chocolate
- Fawn and tan – this bi-color combination is recognized by the AKC but is fairly rare nevertheless
- Blue and tan – another very rare bi-color combo
- Wild boar – mostly present in wire-haired dachshunds, this can be viewed as a black and tan combination but the hairs tend to change their colors along their length
- Piebald – these Doxies have white spots on them and are often seen as “just” spotty brown and white dachshund even though they are actually the result of a pretty cool mutation
- Dapple (merle) – another color type with white in its coat, dapple or merle dachshunds have more solid and smooth white parts of their coats
- Double dapple – a mutation caused by the mixing of two dapple dachshunds, double dapples have increased risks of blindness and deafness and their breeding is frowned upon
- Sable – a pattern found in long-haired dachshunds, sable is the result of your dog having dark tips on its hairs while the hair itself is usually another color
- Brindle – very unique and beautiful dogs, brindle dachshunds are usually tan or red but with stripe-like patterns on their coat (themselves typically black, grey, or blue)
- Shaded red – sometimes mistaken for sable, shaded red isn’t so much red with darker tips but red with a black overlay on the ears, tail, and back
- Shaded cream – similarly, shaded creams have a creamy color with black accents on the ears, back, and tail
- Wheaten – very rare and typically wire-haired, wheaten dachshunds look like a more wheaty cream color
Naturally, dachshunds can also have albinism and be fully white. Double dapple dachshunds can also be fully white, however, so don’t think that a white dachshund is necessarily an albino. Regardless, this isn’t so much a coat color as it is a special condition.
The Dachshund Color Chart
To help you further visualize the different types and colors of dachshunds, here’s a quick dachshund color chart.
|Single color coats||Bi-color coats||Patterns|
|Red||Black and tan||Wild boar|
|Shaded red||Black and cream||Dapple|
|Cream||Chocolate and tan||Double dapple|
|Shaded cream||Chocolate and cream||Piebald|
|Chocolate||Blue and tan||Brindle|
|Fawn||Fawn and tan||Sable|
Do The Different Colors Of Dachshunds Depend On The Type Of Coat?
Doxies can come in three different coat types – smooth (short), long-haired, and wire-coated. Generally speaking, all three of these coat types can come in almost all colors. However, there are a few colors that almost always go with a specific coat type.
For example, the wild boar color pattern is specific to wire-haired dachshunds. The wheaten color was also originally specific to wire-haired Doxies but after enough interbreeding with different coat types, there have been a few smooth and long-haired Wheaten dachshunds as well. Sable and English cream dachshunds, on the other hand, are exclusive to long-haired dachshunds.
Most of the other different colors of dachshunds can be seen among all three coat types, however.
Which Of the Different Colors Of Dachshunds Are Most Common?
Different kennel clubs have different colors they recognize as standard for the breed with many refusing to recognize some of the rare colors such as full black and wheaten. To go off the AKC (American Kennel Club), however, these are the colors recognized as most common and standard for the breed:
- Black and cream
- Black and tan
- Chocolate and tan
Which Of The Different Colors Of Dachshunds Are Rarest?
- Solid black
- Double dapple
- Solid chocolate
- English cream (a rare variation of the cream color)
- Brindle piebald
- Blue and tan
- Wild boar
In Conclusion, How Important Is It To Distinguish Between The Different Colors Of Dachshunds?
Most of the time when we’re talking about dog color we’re only talking about aesthetics and personal preferences. There are a few rare cases where the color of the Doxie can inform you about its health prospects as is the case with double dapple dachshunds and their risks of blindness and deafness.
Naturally, some colors are also important to note because of their rarity and therefore – price. If you want an English cream, for example, you can expect to have to pay some pretty penny for it as well as to look a bit more for the right dog.
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