No matter what kind of dogs you like, a Dachshund will always catch your eye. They are a funny-looking, cute dog breed that looks like a sausage on four legs.
One of the most elegant Dachshund varieties is the English Cream Dachshund.
It has a stunningly beautiful cream coat, that sometimes comes with a black overlay, called shading.
Also, their coat is one of, if not the softest coat you can ever find on a Dachshund breed.
In this article, we will dive deep into this fascinating breed and its English Cream variety.
We will take a look at its temperament, physical appearance, and ways that can help you determine whether your dog is a true English Cream Dachshund.
Also, we will explain what an American Cream Dachshund is, and go over the differences between some of the variations of the English Cream Dachshund, including Clear Cream and Shaded Cream.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Before we dive into details, we need to explain what an English Cream Dachshund is. We owe it to people who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this wonderful sausage dog.
What is an English Cream Dachshund?
The English Cream Dachshund was first developed in the United Kingdom.
This variety of Dachshund is a pretty rare find, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are considered one of the most prized choices of the breed.
The thing that separates them the most from other varieties of Dachshunds is undoubtedly their coat.
The coat of an English Cream Dachshund can be found in a few luxurious shades of cream: from a rich golden cream all the way to a very light, almost white cream. It can also come with some shading, and in that case, we are talking about shaded creams.
Their cream color is rather appealing and pleasing to the human eye. The culprit behind the color of their coat is the Chinchilla gene found in their genetic makeup.
When it comes to the softness of their coat, English Creams have no equal among their breed. Their coat is often compared to that of a bunny rabbit and is always soft to the touch.
An English Cream’s coat is also one of the smoothest you can find in the Dachshund family.
One of the mistakes people tend to make is assuming that English Creams are not Dachshunds, but a different breed altogether.
This is far from correct, as these doggies are clearly a part of the well-known and loved wiener dog family.
However, given the texture and color of their adult coat, we understand how easy it is to separate them from other Dachshunds.
But, while they are puppies, it can be a little harder to tell the difference since a true English Cream doxie will have a very dark coat color at birth.
Over a period of time, usually two to three months, their signature light color will appear from the undercoat. Eventually, their initial dark tone will be completely replaced with a light color palette.
The Dachshund breed was first recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1885.
What is the difference between Creams and English Creams?
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The main difference is in their ancestry. A true English Cream Dachshund should have an imported British Cream ancestor.
After becoming popular, many generations of these pooches have been bred worldwide with no relationship in regard to England. This is why you may hear them referred to as just Creams.
This is especially the case in the United States where this variety of dachshund is abundant and quite favorable.
To this day, true English Creams in the United States only exist in the miniature longhair variety, with more than a few British Dachshunds in their pedigree.
A thing to note is that in the United States, you will often come across Dachshund puppies on sale advertised as English Creams.
But, unless it’s from a reputable breeder or someone who can provide the relevant pedigree, you might end up buying another Cream variety.
As an example, you might encounter a so-called American Cream. This variety of Cream is a very light red Dachshund.
The temperament of an English Cream Dachshund
Although there aren’t any studies that can confirm this, many Dachshund owners openly admit that the English Cream variety is known to be the most chill and laid-back.
These little sausage dogs are known and loved for their many traits, one of them being a pleasant temperament.
Those who own one of these pups and those who have been around them for longer periods of time know that they are sweet and mild-mannered in nature.
However, there are certain times in their lives when they might reveal a more stubborn side. This is primarily due to a sense of independence that every kind of Dachshund has.
But, even though they possess an urge to be stubborn, this rarely happens. Mostly, from an English Cream doxie, you can expect a loyal, obedient canine companion with a laid-back personality.
Since they are considered one of the calmest of all the Dachshund cousins, English Creams will have no trouble settling down in a new environment.
They are also known to be very trusting of people and will try to grab your attention as much as they can throughout the day.
Despite being calm in nature, dachshunds tend to become leaders of the pack. This is why many multiple-dog owners choose this breed to keep their dogs in a calm fashion.
Both male and female English Creams are also a great choice for families, especially those with younger children.
Their laid-back attitude and placid nature ensure that kids have a playful and loving companion at their side.
Some of the personalities that English Creams share with other dachshund varieties are the following:
• Digging: English Creams and Dachshunds in general are natural-born diggers. Dachshunds are bred to hunt down rabbits and badgers in burrows and dig their way to the deep hiding places of their prey.
• Hunting and chasing: Daschunds are fierce animals born to hunt, chase, and never give up. These dogs have a high prey drive, and if given the opportunity, they will pursue their prey no matter the size.
• Barking: Dachshunds are rather quick in letting you know when danger approaches. Whether in the house or during a walk, they will bark at anything they think is a threat. Training them to overcome this tendency can be a little tricky, but it should be done.
• Greediness: Given their size, you would be surprised at how much and how fast these pooches can eat. Dachshunds go by a simple rule – eat to clear. Since they love to eat and are quite greedy, they can easily gain weight.
• Playfulness and stubbornness: These traits go hand in hand with Dachshunds. These dogs are playful and would please their owners in any way they can. But, they can also be stubborn and do anything to get what they want.
• Intelligence: This is an intelligent breed of dog that desires to please their humans. They are super smart when it comes to appropriately reading and reacting to human gestures and voice commands.
• Affection and loyalty: The English Cream Dachshund is an affectionate and loyal companion above all else.
You can expect many things from this wiener dog, but betrayal is not one of them. They adore being around their pet parents and kids, which makes them an excellent family dog.
Are English Creams good with children and other pets?
We are happy to say that English Cream Dachshunds are very affectionate, which makes them an excellent addition to any family.
However, if you have young children, you should always supervise any interactions between them and your English Cream.
Without proper training, a Dachshund, or any other dog for that matter, can be triggered by something your kids do, no matter how loving and friendly your dog might be.
On the other hand, a well trained English Cream Dachshund will always be good with both kids as well as dogs.
How to care for your English Cream Dachshund?
Like most dogs with similar coats, a long-haired English Cream sheds moderately throughout the year, with at least one heavy shed during the shedding season. Because they are moderate shedders year-round, these pups aren’t considered hypoallergenic.
Now, let’s take a look at what the grooming needs of your Creamy pup are:
• Brushing: You should brush your dog’s coat regularly by using a slicker brush in order to keep its coat healthy. Brushing helps keep the coat tangle-free and in adequate condition.
Sometimes, you will have to detangle the fur, and you can do that by simply brushing from the root of the hair to its tip.
• Bathing: Even though Dachshunds don’t need bathing very often, it should not be completely neglected.
Periodic bathing of no more than once a month is recommended to maintain the neat appearance of their coats. Try not to over-bathe them, though, as this could have more negative effects than positive.
• Trimming: The hairs around the ears and feet of your English Cream grow infringes and require regular trimming to look neat and tidy.
• Nail trimming: Chances are that your English Cream won’t wear down its nails naturally, so you have to take action. Trim its nails once a month so that your pup’s feet will always be in good condition.
• Maintaining clean eyes and ears: Your Dachshund’s eyes should always be clear, with no redness or discharge.
Their ears should be checked weekly for any bad odor or redness. These symptoms can be a sign of an infection, and you should contact your vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Grooming is a great way to inspect your dog’s body. Check for rashes, sores, or any signs of infection.
Redness or inflammation on the mouth, skin, eyes, and feet are all things you should keep an eye out for.
If you groom your dog regularly, it might help you spot potential health issues much earlier than you would if you rarely care for your pup.
Also, grooming should be a pleasant experience for your dog, so try to toss in a lot of praises and rewards in the process.
How to train your Dachshund?
Even though your English Cream Dachshund might exhibit willful and stubborn behavior, just try to remain patient and your dog will turn out to be a wondrous companion.
The best way you can train your strong-willed pup is with positive reinforcement training. Make sure to keep the training fun, dynamic, and challenging in order to captivate your dog’s interest.
Also, don’t forget to shower your English Cream Doxie with treats, rewards, and a lot of praise during training to help it stay motivated.
Here is a list of things you should go over while training your English Cream Puppies:
• Crate training
• Potty training
• Obedience training
• Socialization with other pets and people
• Basic commands like sit, go, stay, shake-hands, etc.
You can do most of these things on your own, but if you are struggling with any of them, you can always consider hiring a professional dog trainer.
These people specialize in training pups, so you can rest assured that your English Cream Doxie will be a well-mannered dog in adulthood.
How much exercise does an English Cream Dachshund need?
Luckily, for some lazier people out there, Dachshunds don’t require a lot of exercise. But, if their exercise needs are not met, they can turn into destructive dogs real quickly.
On the other hand, overexercising them could lead to health problems. So, how can you know how much exercise your English Cream needs?
Well, generally speaking, English Cream Dachshunds need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which you can break down to:
• 10 minutes of playtime
• 20 minutes of walking
They are a playful breed, so you can also meet these requirements by playing games like fetch, hide & seek, an agility course run, or football.
What are the potential health problems of English Cream Dachshunds?
Every Dachshund owner should know that there are several health problems that English Creams are prone to.
Here are some of the health problems you might come across in your dog:
• Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Back problems are a real bane for English creams.
• Gastric Dilatation-volvulus: Gastric Dilatation-volvulus, or simply put, bloat, is a life-threatening condition that rapidly progresses in English Cream Dachshunds.
This health issue can happen if your dog eats one large meal a day.
This causes the stomach to dilate because of excessive food and gas, making a Dachshund restless, lethargic, and weak.
• Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is a genetic condition found in Dachshunds in which the health of the retina starts deteriorating.
In the worst cases, it can eventually lead to blindness due to the loss of photoreceptors in the back of the eyes.
Any English Cream that develops this condition should not be used for breeding.
• Canine Diabetes Mellitus: This is a fairly common disease among English Cream Dachshunds.
It can happen when your dog’s body produces too little insulin, stops making it completely, or has an abnormal insulin response.
Canine Diabetes Mellitus prevents your dog’s body from properly regulating sugar levels in its blood.
• Joint abnormalities: This problem can manifest in dogs of all sizes, but is more commonly found in small- and medium-sized dogs.
Given the size of English Cream Doxies, they, too, can suffer from this problem.
The most common abnormalities are hip and elbow dysplasia. If you buy your pup from a reputable breeder, it should already be scanned for these abnormalities, so make sure you ask.
But, if you are adopting, try to consult your vet to see if your pup’s joints are developing as they should.
• Cancers: Cancers are the number one health issue affecting English Cream Dachshunds.
The most common cancers are hemangiosarcoma (cancer of the blood vessels), mast cell tumor (affects skin, liver, spleen, etc.), and lymphoma (affects lymphocyte cells).
A Shaded English Cream Dachshund
An English Cream Dachshund that shows some shading is called a Shaded Cream. The shading means that the dog has black hair at the tips of the ears and tail.
The shading overlay consists of black hair mixed with a primary blond color, which gives English Creams a lot of variety in appearance.
In the majority of adult Shaded Cream Dachshunds, the appearance of shading (black hair) is usually found on the tip of the tail and the tips of the ears, giving these dogs a more distinguished look.
The Dachshund breed can also come with a sable pattern, which is often confused with shaded cream.
This is because it looks similar, but is, in fact, produced by different genes.
For instance, the sable pattern gives the black tips on the hairs all over the coat while Shaded Cream Dachshunds usually only have the black shading on the tips of their ears or the tip of their tail.
The standard English Creams without shading are still more popular, but shaded creams are slowly catching up.
Some of the reasons behind these are that the pigment in the Shaded Cream often gives them deeper eye color or a fantastic looking eyeliner.
They can also have other beautiful and neat pigmented features.
Shaded Creams, like all cream Dachshund puppies, appear almost black at birth.
The color of their coat is dark, and it usually extends to their whiskers and nails, which will usually stay dark throughout their lives.
However, the dark fur on their coat will fade over time, and the cream color will start to emerge as the Dachshund gets older.
The Dachshunds that retain some of this dark coloring are called English Shaded Creams, whereas ones that do not are just English Creams.
The Clear English Cream Dachshund
Because most people prefer a Cream Dachshund without the shading, the demand for Clear Cream Dachshunds has seen an increase in recent years.
To clear some possible confusion, Clear Cream Dachshunds are, in fact, pure English Creams, but with a slight difference.
The difference is that Clear Creams are born very light in color and their color darkens as they become older.
As we’ve seen earlier in this article, a pure English Cream is born with a dark color that lightens as time goes by.
This variety of English Creams are often referred to simply as Clear since they are genetically incapable of producing black hair.
Even though the demand for them has grown, it doesn’t mean that getting your hands on one of these pups is an easy feat.
Breeders face an increasingly difficult task to remove the dark pigment from Dachshunds in order to create the Clear Creams.
English Cream Dachshund feeding requirements
An adult pup of this breed should be fed two meals a day, while a puppy should eat at least three meals a day.
Senior dachshunds will probably need only one meal a day, depending on their activity level. Aim to provide your English Cream Dachshund with high-quality dog food rich in protein and other nutrients a dog’s body needs throughout the day.
In addition to dog food, you can feed your pooch something off the table. However, not everything we humans eat is good for our canine companions.
Here are some things you can safely add to your dog’s dish to supplement its regular diet:
American Cream Dachshund vs English Cream Dachshund
The American Cream Dachshund has a similar appearance to that of the English Cream, but they are different.
For starters, the light color in the American Creams comes from a different gene. This results in a very light, Red Dilute coat.
The American Creams are also very light in color when newborn, contradicting the puppies of the English Cream Dachshund, and over time, their coat gradually takes a more reddish color.
As they mature, the redness in this variety of Dachshund becomes more prominent.
The key thing to note here is that true English Cream Dachshunds have no red coloration.
This means that even very light dogs that have even a slightly red undertone are considered Reds and not Creams.
The coat of these two varieties is also different. American Creams have a smooth-haired (short-haired) coat while English Creams are more long-haired Dachshunds.
There are three possible genetic factors responsible for the color of an American Cream Dachshund:
• Recessive red gene
• Dominant red gene
• Blue dilution gene
These genes affect the Dachshund’s base coat color, namely blacks, reds, and chocolates, which dilutes over time to resemble the light cream color.
How do you tell if you have a true English Cream?
One of the ways to know if you have an English Cream variety of Dachshund is its price. If you got it from a reputable breeder at a steep price, you might have this variety on your hands.
This variety of Dachshund is probably the most expensive one. The cost of English Creams can be high due to the limited number of readily-available breeders for this Dachshund variety.
Also, there are not many dogs with a reputable pedigree used for breeding, and this can also drive the price of English Creams up.
Additionally, the majority of professionals who are familiar with the Dachshund breed will often say that English Cream Dachshunds simply have a certain look about them.
It takes some time and practice to train your eye in spotting a true English Cream. Therefore, once you get a look at enough of these doggies, you will be able to tell which one is the real deal.
However, there is no need to become an expert on the subject because we are here to help.
We will provide you with a few ways that can help you determine whether the pup you want to buy or adopt is an actual true English Cream Dachshund.
Ways to determine whether or not your pup is a true English Cream:
• Every true English Cream Dachshund will only have long hair.
• A true English Cream will have a very light cream color with a yellow undertone. The color of an eggshell is a good comparison.
• One of the key things in identifying a true English Cream is evidence that its coat will be light and solid cream throughout its life without changing.
• A true English Cream Dachshund puppy is born black and develops the cream color over time. It doesn’t matter if the dog has shading or not, it is still classified as English Cream.
• The nose and nails of true English Creams must be black and the eyes must be dark brown.
• In the U.S., only miniature Dachshunds are considered true English Creams.
• To be sure that you have an English Cream on your hands, your dog should have a reputable pedigree. This means that at least a few registered British Cream Dachshunds are found in its ancestry.
• A true English Cream Dachshund can never and will never come with any red undertone.
• If, after all these steps, you still have doubts, DNA testing might be the best thing to clear things up.
A thing to remember is that the coat of a puppy, no matter what type, will not fully develop until they are two years of age. This is why many people opt for DNA testing.
Genetic testing is probably the most precise way of determining the variety of the Dachshund you set your eyes on.
The best thing about it is that you do not have to take your pup to the vet. There are home test kits readily available for purchase.
They are accurate, inexpensive, and help you determine your pet’s pedigree. On top of that, the tests will also identify any genetic conditions that might lead to health issues later in your dog’s life.
An English Cream Dachshund is perhaps one of the cutest dogs you will ever see. Their long hair and weiner body will melt your heart the moment they step into your life.
That being said, finding and choosing the right English Cream can be rather difficult.
Being a popular breed, many breeders try to scam people with Dachshunds that look like English doxies, but, in fact, aren’t.
Always look to buy your pup from a respectable breeder who will provide evidence of the dog’s pedigree. This will make a huge difference in your pup’s health and life expectancy.
Also, if you want a true English Cream, you have to be prepared to pay quite a bit of money. They are one of the most expensive varieties of the Dachshund breed.
We hope that reading this article gave you enough information and confidence to start your search for one of these pooches.
However, if you already own an English Cream, we hope that you have gathered some additional knowledge regarding their appearance, health, or how to take care of them in general.