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Dachshund Colors: All Sausage Dog Colors, Markings, And Patterns!

Dachshund Colors: All Sausage Dog Colors, Markings, And Patterns!

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The Dachshund is a cute, well-known, and easy to recognize dog breed. Because of their long body, floppy ears, and adorable short legs, you cannot mistake them for any other breed in the world!

They are also one of the most popular and loved breeds due to their smart and loving personality. The fascinating thing about this small dog breed is that no two pups are the same. Because of the differences in coat color, coat type, and coat markings, there are many options for you to choose from!

When choosing a Dachshund puppy as your next furry bestie, you have the choice to pick what kind of patterns and colors you want. On top of all the different Dachshund colors, there are also different coat types you can check out!

What coat type and coat color will each pup have depends on its genetics. Although genetics can be a bit hard to understand sometimes, in this article, we will try to explain how it works. So, let’s step into the wonderful world of sausage dogs and their unique colors, markings, and patterns!

Dachshund colors chart

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One-colored Dachshunds

• Red

• Cream

• Chocolate (not recognized)

• Black (not recognized)

Two-colored Dachshunds

• Chocolate and tan

• Chocolate and cream

• Black and tan

• Black and cream

• Blue and tan

• Blue and cream

• Fawn (Isabella) and cream

• Fawn (Isabella) and tan

• Wild boar

• Wheaton

Color patterns​

• Sable

• Dapple

• Brindle

• Piebald

• Double dapple (not recognized)

• Dapple piebald (not recognized)

• Brindle piebald (not recognized)

Different types of Dachshunds

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1. Long-haired Dachshund.

A long-haired pup of this breed looks trendy and stylish, and it is similar in appearance to a short-haired Dachshund. The only difference is that this one has long hair all over its small body!

If you wish to own a long-haired Dachshund, you can get them in one of the following colors:

• Black

• Isabella

• Red

• Chocolate and tan

• Black and tan

• English Cream

Apart from these, there are also piebald, dapple, and solid patterns if you wish to own a patterned long-haired Dachshund.

2. Short-haired Dachshund.

The short-haired Dachshund is what most people think of when wiener dogs are mentioned. They have the iconic long back and short legs, and come with short hair on their coat.

If you opt for a short-haired Dachshund, you can find them in the following colors and color combinations:

Chocolate and tan

• Black and ten

• Isabella

• brindle

• Blue

• English Cream

• Red

Similar to long-haired pups of this breed, short-haired Dachshunds also come in dapple, piebald, and solid patterns if you’ve set your mind on owning a patterned short-haired Dachshund.

3. Wire-haired Dachshund.

The wire-haired Dachshund has the same build as the other two varieties, but its coat resembles more of a terrier dog. These pups have coarse hair, and come with big eyebrows and beards.

If we disregard their short legs, long backs, and big floppy ears, they look exactly like Schnauzers! Who would have thought?

Anyway… even though some of these dogs have a rough, coarse coat, there are also soft-coated wire Dachshunds that have longer, softer hair. These shed more than the regular wire-haired variety.

One wire-haired Dachshund variety is called the Pin-wired. These have shorter beards, shorter eyebrows, and shorter hair in general. These pooches are the result of breeding a short-haired Dachshund with a wire-haired one.

If you wish to have a wire-haired Dachshund stuck to your leg wherever you go, you can find them in the following colors and color combinations:

• Red

• Brindle

• Black and tan

• Chocolate and tan

And, as you might have guessed, wire-haired Dachshunds also come in solid and dapple patterns.

Color of Dachshunds: genetics

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Understanding genetics can be difficult, but we will try to explain it as plainly as possible. A dog, a Dachshund in this instance, will inherit one chromosome from each parent, meaning that it will have 39 pairs of chromosomes.

These chromosomes contain genetic information with instructions on the characteristics and traits that a Dachshund puppy will have.

The genes are the ones that dictate what coat color, type, length, and pattern each Dachshund will have. And, obviously, if there are different combinations of genes present, they will cause different colors in the pup.

Genes and coat type

As we’ve already mentioned above, there are three basic types of coats for the Dachshund breed, and most puppies will have two copies of their coat type. However, some pups will carry more than one type of gene.

The wire coat is the most dominant type, and even if the dog has only one “W” gene for wire, it will have a wire coat. However, depending on the other gene, this coat can either be “recessive long” or “recessive smooth”, which will completely alter the coat type.

In long-haired dogs of this breed, smooth is the most dominant gene, and if the pup has only one “S” for smooth and one “L” for long, the dog will have a smooth coat. On the other hand, if the dog has the long gene, it will pass on the “recessive long.”

The long gene is recessive to the smooth-haired and wire-haired Dachshunds. So, if the dog is long-haired, it will naturally have two copies of the long gene, which will make it “LL”. This means it has two long-haired parents, and it will only be able to have long-haired offspring.

Dachshund colors; red

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Red Dachshunds will have a brownish or red coat color, and some of them might even have a yellow shade to them. Red is a dominant color in canines, and a Dachshund only has to have one red gene to have a red coat.

The red gene is often labeled as the “A” gene. If a pooch has two A genes, it will be able to produce only red puppies. On the other hand, dogs that have only one A gene in their genetic makeup will have a red coat, but they will be able to produce puppies of different colors.

Note that there is an “EE red” color, which means that the doggy will not have any black hairs on its body, including whiskers. But, it will still have a black nose and a black tail. This “EE” occurs when the dog has two tan or black parents.

Dachshund colors; cream

Cream Dachshunds are strikingly beautiful, sporting a blonde-haired coat with no red tints at all! The cream gene is a recessive gene, meaning that all wiener dogs can carry this gene without having a cream-colored coat.

This particular color is most often seen on miniature Dachshunds and long-haired ones, but it is sometimes seen on other types as well.

The cream gene is labeled as the “C” gene. And, if a dog is black and cream, black will always be the self-color and the pup will have two C genes.

Dachshund colors; blue

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Blue-colored sausage dogs are actually diluted-colored dogs. The black color in their genes has been diluted, giving them a bluish look.

Some blue Dachshunds come with a tan coloring on their tail, feet, and nose. To produce blue-colored pups, the breeder has to have a parent with a recessive gene that has a black-colored coat.

Note that this is not a natural color for these canines, and breeding diluted colors can come with a lot of health issues. Many kennel clubs around the world state that blue coloring is not desired, and even though it looks trendy and beautiful, the decision to breed them should really be thought through because of the potential health problems.

Albino Dachshund

Some people mistake albino Dachshunds for cream or white ones. However, albinism in Dachshunds and other dogs occurs because the dog lacks pigmentation altogether.

The easiest way to determine whether a dog is albino or just white or cream is to look at its paws, tail, and eyes. If the dog has pink around the eyes and its feet and tail are also pink, you have an albino on your hands. Albino Dachshunds have an increased risk for sunburn and skin cancer.

Dachshund colors; black & tan

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With Dachshunds, the black coat color usually occurs in combination with tan markings. This is due to a pair of recessive genes working their magic, and it occurs mainly in smooth- and short-haired doxies.

The distribution and ratio of tan and black are predictable in most cases. The black will cover the majority of the body, including the tail, ears, back, and the top of the head.

The tan will appear mainly on the lower part of the face, almost always on the paws, and sometimes on the chest. Black and tan Dachshunds also often come with a tiny pair of tan spots over their eyes.

Dachshund colors; black & cream

Black and cream is easily one of the flashiest and most wanted Dachshund coat color combinations. It also happens to be quite rare in this breed.

The majority of black and cream doxies have smooth coats, which are also often slightly wavy and long. However, the black and cream color combination can also be seen on wire-haired doxies in extremely rare cases.

The black color appears on a doxie’s torso, back, and top of the head, while the cream covers the paws, chest, part of the ears, and most of the face.

Dachshund colors; chocolate cream

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This chocolate and cream coat color may not be as flashy as the black and cream variety, but it is certainly one of the most sought-after amongst doxie enthusiasts.

As with almost any other color combo, there is one primary color covering most of the Dachshund’s body. In this case, the primary color is chocolate, which resembles the typical mud brown color. This chocolate hue covers the tail, forehead, ears, and back of the pooch.

The other color, cream, ranges from off-white to blond, and it appears over the eyes, on the paws, on the snout, and in some cases, under the tail.

Dachshund colors; chocolate and tan

The chocolate and tan coloring is beautiful, and pups that come in this color combination have a very unique charm to them.

The two colors are almost identical, but not quite, which gives a super subtle contrast between them. In the case of chocolate and tan Dachshunds, the chocolate hue is dominant, and it appears over most of the pup’s body.

The tan markings, on the other hand, can be seen on the feet, on the chest, and under the ears. These pups also usually come with a distinct pair of tan spots over and around their eyes.

Wild boar Dachshunds

Wild boar Dachshund sitting at field looking away

This wild boar (or sable pattern as it is also known) is a color pattern similar to the animal which it is named after, and it is seen almost exclusively on wiry-haired Dachshunds. This amazing and pretty unique combination features several colors at the same time.

In the majority of cases, a sable Dachshund will have a dark coat that can either be reddish-brown or light tan – to almost solid black with tan spots on areas such as the chest or snout.

These areas are then covered by strands of yellow or gold highlights all over the body! This gives a remarkable and visually appealing aesthetic that is perfect if you want to have a unique doxie by your side.

Dachshund colors; blue and cream

When we say blue, we don’t actually mean blue in the traditional sense. So, don’t expect to come across any sky-blue Dachshunds.

With that said, the blue in this case is a diluted version of black that appears faded and looks almost like a metallic grey-bluish hue. This particular color occurs when a set of specific recessive genes dilute the black color.

The color pattern is similar to that of most black combinations, with cream covering mostly the paws and sometimes around the chest, while the blue fur covers most of the torso, tail, and head.

Dachshund colors; blue and tan

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This is another unusual and quite rare combination that makes Dachshunds look dashing! The faded bluish-grey hair covers most of the pup’s body, including the majority of the torso and head.

The bluish color may also cross over to the chest, but most pups with this color combination have tan markings on the chest, paws, and some parts of the face.

Because of the diluted nature of the blue coloration, it can be difficult to tell where the blue self-color ends and the tan points begin, especially when the sausage dog is still a puppy.

Diluted colors in Dachshunds

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As we’ve mentioned above, diluted colors mean that there is a dilution gene present in the pup. And, as we’ve seen, this gene can change the chocolate to isabella/fawn/lilac, and black to blue.

Although diluted doxies are a pretty rare find, there are some that come in blue coat color. The diluted gene is a recessive gene, and it is labeled “DD.”

If a red dog has the DD gene, it will dilute the color and make it not as bright. Here are the two possible diluted color types in this breed:

• Isabella or fawn (diluted red)

• Blue and grey (diluted chocolate)

Isabella (fawn/lilac) diluted Dachshunds

When we say Isabella and fawn, we don’t mean that there are two colors. Isabella is just another name for the fawn coat color. Most people call it fawn, but in the past few years, the term Isabella became more popular.

The fawn color comes from a recessive gene, which means that both of the doxie’s parents need to have it in their genetic makeup for it to be a color dilution. Also, to make the Isabella or fawn a diluted color, the dog needs to have a chocolate base.

This fascinating color can occur on all three coat types of the Dachsund breed. Furthermore, the color comes in three different varieties, and they are the following:

• Solid colored Isabella – these dogs have a chocolate color all over their body, with no tan or cream markings. This is because the fawn gene makes the tan and cream non-existent.

• Isabella and tan – these Dachshunds have a mix of chocolate and tan color all over their body.

• Isabella and cream – these doxies come with a mix of chocolate and cream color all over their body.

The color of the eyes, nails, and nose will be grey, and the markings will typically be seen on the ears, paws, legs, chest, tail, and lips.

Blue and grey diluted Dachshunds

The blue and grey diluted Dachshunds are the ones that have recessive genes, which make the black color appear faded to the point where it looks blue, silver, or grey. It can even look almost purplish in the rarest cases!

The color of the ears, nails, and eyes of these pups will usually be grey, but it might appear black because of the color of the coat.

Health problems with diluted colors

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Doxies with Isabella or blue diluted colors will often have Color Dilution Alopecia. This condition makes the hair very thin, and it eventually leads to hair loss.

Color Dilution Alopecia can also result in all sorts of skin issues, and even skin cancer if left untreated. Some dogs suffering from this ailment also experience weakened skin and baldness.

Note that if your dog makes it through puppyhood and into adulthood without the symptoms of this disease, the chances are that it will be free of Color Dilution Alopecia for the rest of its life.

Dachshund colors; dapple

Dapple is one of the most common coat patterns of the Dachshund breed, and it is a result of the merle gene. This gene causes spots of one color to randomly appear on a coat of another color.

These spots vary in size from numerous specks to large foci. The distribution of the spots is random, and they can appear on some parts of the body or cover the whole coat.

The dapple pattern usually occurs in cream-colored and red-colored pups. In most cases, these spots are seen in puppies and fade away as the pup grows older. Because of this, it is very rare to see an adult doxie with the dapple pattern.

The merle gene is by no means unique to the Dachshund breed. In fact, a lot of other breeds can have the merle coloration, including Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, Pitbulls, Border Collies, Great Danes, Poodles, and Pomeranians!

Double dapple Dachshund Colors

portrait of Double dapple Dachshund

The double dapple pattern appears in Dachshunds that have a double merle gene (or “MM.”) This is an extremely rare occurrence, and pups that come in double dapple patterns often suffer from serious health issues, such as deafness, and even missing eyes in some cases.

Health problems of dapples

A reputable breeder will never breed two dapple-patterned doxies together because this can produce a double dapple puppy. Even though the chances of creating a double dapple are 25%, pairing two dapple-patterned dogs is just not worth the risk.

Dapple dogs should only be paired with red or cream canines because it ensures that a double dapple puppy will not be born.

Dachshund colors; brindle

In order to get a brindle Dachshund, one of its parents must be a brindle. Brindle Dachshunds are often called tiger-striped brindles due to the presence of stripe markings on their coat.

These markings appear as a result of the expression of the dominant brindle gene. The pattern usually features a light-colored coat that may be red, cream, or tan. The “tiger” stripes, on the other hand, are much darker, and they can come in chocolate or solid black, allowing them to stand out.

Piebald Dachshund colors

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The piebald pattern in doxies is not as popular as other patterns. This may be due to the fact that it is not considered an acceptable pattern by the AKC. But, despite that, many people have imported piebald Dachshunds around the world.

This pattern is caused by the recessive “SP” gene. This means that in order for a piebald to be born, it has to inherit one copy of the gene from each parent. The piebald pattern occurs mostly on long and short, smooth-haired Dachshunds, with white or cream hair as the base coat color.

Darker patches of colors like brown, tan, and black appear randomly all over the piebald doxie’s body. Although very rare, there are also chocolate and cream dapple brindle piebald Dachshunds you may come across!

Chocolate dachshund

This is another extremely rare solid color on a sausage dog. It appears as a highly pigmented and really dark shade of brown, with absolutely no cream or tan spots anywhere on the fur.

The gene responsible for this color is a recessive one, meaning that both parents need to be chocolate or at least carry the chocolate genes and pass them on to their offspring.

This coat color mainly occurs in smooth- and short-haired weiner dogs, but it can occur in any of the other coat types as well.

Rare Dachshund colors

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Dachshund colors; white

Dachshunds with a white coat are very rare, and therefore, quite popular. A solid white Dachshund will be white all over its body without any tan markings. However, this is not a recognized color of the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The white color is produced from two base colors, and it comes from recessive genes. This means that both Dachshund parents need to carry these recessive genes in order for their offspring to be white.

White Dachshund health problems:

Since this particular color is so rare, it can come with many health conditions. In general, dogs with lighter pigmentation have more health issues than dogs with darker pigmentation.

White Dachshunds can suffer from the following conditions:

• Deafness

• Blindness

Keep in mind that rare-colored Dachshunds can come with a lot of health problems, so make sure you choose carefully when bringing a rare-colored pup into your household.

Wheaten Dachshund

This is one of the rare, if not the rarest coat color in this breed. A wheaten Dachshund’s coat color falls somewhere between white and light golden brown.

Up until recently, this coat color could only be seen on wiry-haired weiner dogs. However, due to the mixing of different coat types, it is not impossible to find a Wheaten doxie with long or short smooth fur.

What is the rarest Dachshund color?

While black is one of the most common base colors of this breed, a solid black coat color is the rarest Dachshund color in the world.

This is due to the fact that a pure black coat occurs only when both parents have the same rare recessive gene.

Miniature Dachshund colors

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​Apart from the breed’s signature black and tan color combination, miniature Dachshunds also come in blue, cream, fawn, and dawn red coat colors.

These colors, combined with the various coat patterns like merle, brindle, and dapple, make unique and beautiful combinations. Add the petite size of a mini Dachshund into the mix and you get an incredibly adorable pooch!

Kennel accepted colors of Dachshunds

The standard Dachshund colors that are accepted by the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Federation Cynologique Internationale, and the Canadian Kennel Club follow the breed standard, and are the following:

• black and cream

• black and tan

• blue and tan

• blue and cream

• chocolate and tan

• chocolate and cream

• cream

• fawn and tan

• fawn and cream

• red

• wheaten

• wild boar

• black

• chocolate

• fawn

• cream

• yellow

• tan

• red-brown

• mahogany

• black

• liver

• Isabella

• red-yellow

• grey

• white

• deep brown

More about the Dachshund breed

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• Sausage dogs can be stubborn and somewhat difficult to housebreak. So, don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t teach your dog to poop outside right away.

• Dachshunds are intelligent pups with a playful spirit and an independent nature. Because of this, you can expect your pooch to be mischievous at times. However, some pups of this breed can be quite needy, and will require more attention from you.

• Because of their strong hunting instincts, these pups often exhibit behaviors that are related to hunting. Their bodies are built for digging into burrows, so you can expect them to dig into your garden as well.

• These pups are also bred to be fearless and tenacious in the hunt, and these traits may lead them to be relentless in pestering you for a treat or a reward. Keep in mind that these dogs were bred to not only hunt, but also kill their prey in the process.

• Dachshunds are a vocal breed, and you would be surprised at how such a loud bark comes out of such tiny bodies!

• If you are not careful, your weiner dog may become lazy and fat, which will put even more strain on its fragile back and joints. Make sure you keep an eye on your dog’s food intake, and keep him at an optimal weight.

• Because of their long backs, these little furballs are prone to have slipped disks, which can lead to partial or full paralysis. Don’t let your pooch jump up on furniture or jump down from high places. Also, when you hold them in your arms, make sure to support their backs.

• A Dachshund is often a one-person canine. It is in their nature to be suspicious of unfamiliar people and animals, so it is crucial to socialize them at an early age.

The average lifespan of a standard Dachshund is between twelve and fourteen years while miniature Dachshunds have a little longer life expectancy. However, many owners report that their doxies lived to be seventeen or eighteen years old, and the oldest Dachshund to have lived was actually a doxie-mix named Chanel, who lived to the age of twenty-one.

• Dachshunds are considered low to moderate shedders regardless of their coat type. This means that they are by no means a hypoallergenic breed, and allergy sufferers should consider getting another dog breed instead.

• Dachshund puppies can be prone to separation anxiety, and can suffer from puppy blues. They can also be restless at night, and their bodies can sometimes shake uncontrollably without any apparent reason.

Dachshund coat colors: final words

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Choosing a Dachshund puppy might be the most exciting time for you and your family. If you want to have a dog that is fun, energetic, loyal, and just a blast to be around, then the Dachshund breed is perfect for you!

However, there are many different Dachshund colors, markings, and patterns for you to choose from. This makes the decision a little bit tougher since all of them are gorgeous in their own way.

But, the important thing to remember is that the markings and the color of the pooch are based on genetics. Because of this, you should always be aware of the potential health problems that some of the colors and patterns may come with.

By choosing a rare coat color such as blue or Isabella, or a pattern such as dapple or double dapple, you can end up with a pooch with numerous health issues, so make sure you are aware of these potential problems before deciding which Dachshund to buy or adopt!