Dachshund Colors and Patterns



Red Longhaired, Am/Ukc Ch Grandgables Spoonful O Sugar ML

Red Smooth, Am/Ukc Ch Stoneriver's Indescribably Special MS RN

Red Longhair, BISS Am/Can Ch Stoneriver Touch Of Wagsmore ML

Red can refer to anything from a deep mahogany red, to a pale golden or yellow color, and all shades of brownish red in between.  Red dogs may be clear red, or may have many black hairs interspersed in their coats, particularly when they are puppies.  This is often quite prevalent on longhair dachshunds, leading many breeders to refer to these puppies as ‘sable'.  These are not sables - true sables are very rare.  The black overlay on red dogs may be quite heavy on the ears and along the top of the back. - this often fades as the dog grows up.  These dogs with heavy black overlays should be registered as ‘red'.


Black and Tan Smooth, UKC Ch Grandgables Lil Ms Panache

Black and Tan Longhaired, Am/Can/Ukc Ch Packer's Quarterback Sneak CGC RN

A black and tan dachshund is shiny black with rich reddish-brown markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail.  Noses and nails are black, and the eyes should be dark brown.  Tan markings which are very predominant and/or pale red in color are not desirable.


Black and Cream longhaired, Katydox Puppy

HeavenlyHund's SouthernGirl TG ML
Black and cream longhair

Black and cream dachshunds are identical to black and tan dachshunds except that the markings on the face, chest, feet, and under the tail are pure, pale cream instead of reddish-brown or tan


Cream dapple Longhaired, Am/Can Ch Pamadron Mister Bean

Cream longhaired puppy, Katydox Puppy

True cream dogs do not have any reddish tint to their coats whatsoever.  They are a pure, pale, creamy buff color with dark brown eyes, and black noses and eye rims (nails may be black or brown).  They, too, may have varying amounts of black hairs interspersed in their coats.  Pale, cream-looking dogs with reddish tints to their coats (with or without brownish or pink noses and nails) that are advertised as creams by so many puppy mills and ignorant backyard breeders these days are really just red dilutes, not true creams, and there are no such colors as cinnamon or blond in correct dachshund color terminology.  These are color names made up by irresponsible breeders who want to make a profit on their poorly pigmented dogs. There is no such thing as an American cream or British Cream...a Cream is a Cream.


Black and Tan Dapple Smooth, Packer R'Hills Calligraphy

Chocolate Dapple, Katydox Grandgable's Miranda MLCD

Black and Tan dapple longhaired

Single dapple dachshunds exhibit patches of lighter color intermingled with patches of the self color, sometimes with a patch of white hair on the chests.  The dapple gene in dachshunds is the same as the "merle" gene which is seen in Australian Shepherds and Collies and 2 dapples should not be bred to each other.  Black and tan dapples, often incorrectly called silver dapples, have patches of silvery colored hair mixed in with areas of black hair, giving the dog an overall mottled appearance.  If the dapple pattern should occur across the face, one or both eyes may have blue speckles or may be entirely blue.  In chocolate and tan dapples, areas of yellowish hair occur along with patches of chocolate hair.  Red dapples are very often hard to distinguish, because the pattern of lighter red patches is often not very distinct, and fades with age.


Brindle Longhair, Laurjosh's Man About Town ML

Brindle Smooth, CH Garylyn's Culture Shock Ms

Cream Bridle Longhaired, Garlin Golden Topaz Pamadron ML

Brindle is not a common pattern in dachshunds, unlike in other breeds such as Boxers and Whippets, although they are seen in the show ring from time to time.  In brindle dachshunds, dark stripes, like a zebra, are superimposed over the dog's self color.  A red brindle will have blackish stripes all over its body, while a black and tan brindle may only show the brindle pattern in its tan markings, because the dark stripes would not be visible against the dog's black coat.  A chocolate and tan dog cannot produce black pigment, so the stripes on a chocolate and tan brindle will be chocolate, and will only show up in the tan markings as well.  One parent must be a brindle in order to produce a brindle puppy.



Chocolate and Tan smooth, Ch Packer's Mocha Delite MS

Chocolate and tan dogs have the same tan markings as black and tan dogs, but their main body color should be a rich Hershey chocolate-brown color.  Dark eye color is preferred, but hazel eyes are often seen with this color and are acceptable, and noses and nails are usually liver-colored.  Pinkish-brown noses and pale green eyes are not desirable as they may indicate the presence of excessive dilution factors.  Chocolate and tan dogs often "sunburn" in the summer after spending many hours outdoors, and the tips of the hairs along the neck and back turn an unattractive, dull reddish color.  This will go away when the dog sheds and a new coat comes in


Chocolate and Cream longhaired dachshund, Can Ch Grandgables Mocha Mania ML

Chocolate and cream dachshunds are identical to chocolate and tan dachshunds except that the markings on the face, chest, feet, and under the tail are pure, pale cream instead of reddish-brown or tan


Blue and tan dapple longaired, Pamadron puppy

Blue and tan is the dilute version of black and tan.  The dog's main body color is an even steel bluish-gray, and he has tan markings in the same areas as a black and tan dog.  Often the tan markings are muted or have a bluish overcast due to the diluting factors.  Eye color is usually grayish as are the nose and nails.


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Isabella and tan is the dilute version of chocolate and tan.  The dog's main body color is a silvery-fawn color, similar to a fawn Doberman Pinscher, and he has tan markings in the same areas as black and tan dogs.  These tan markings may be very pale and hard to see due to the dilution factors.  Eye color in Isabella and tan dachshunds is usually a pale grayish-green, and nose and nails are pale pinkish-chocolate.


Black and tan piedball
Inter/Can Ch FreddieJames WildWest O'Ranck MSP CGN

 Piebald is simply a white-spotting pattern superimposed over any self color; there is no variation in the color of the solid spots or patches as there is in dapple Dachshunds. The amount of white on a piebald is variable, ranging from a full or partial white collar, white chest, belly, and feet, and a white tail tip, to an almost pure white dog with a patch of color on the head and at the base of the tail.  This wide range in the amount of white on a piebald is simply part of the piebald pattern and all variations are acceptable.



"Holly" Double dapple rescue owned by Mary Ann Cawley

A double dapple comes form breeding two dapples together. It is not recommended as double dapples can be born deaf, blind or both. Healthy dapples can be used in a breeding program and produce perfectly healthy puppies.


A big thanks to those breeders and friends who allowed me to use their dogs pictures for this web page. If you have a  picture that will fill in the colors I don't have please send it to me at rhill@twcny.rr.com along with your name and the dogs name