Smooth Coat -- Short, smooth and shining. Should be neither too long nor too thick. Ears not leathery.
Tail -- Gradually tapered to a point, well but not too richly haired. Long sleek bristles on the underside are considered a patch of strong-growing hair, not a fault. A brush tail is a fault, as is also a partly or wholly hairless tail.
Pictured are a Blue Piebald Smooth and a Cream Smooth.
Longhaired Coat: The sleek, glistening, often slightly wavy hair is longer under the neck and on the forechest, the underside of the body, the ears, and behind the legs. The coat gives the dog an elegant appearance. Short hair on the ear is not desirable. Too profuse a coat which masks type, equally long hair all over the whole body, a curly coat, or a pronounce parting on the back are faults.
Tail -- Carried gracefully in prolongation of the spine; the hair attains its greatest length here and forms a veritable flag.
Pictured are a Cream Longhair and a Blue & Tan Dapple Longhair.
Wirehaired Coat: With the exception of jaw, eyebrows, and ears, the whole body is covered with a uniform tight, short, thick, rough, hard outer coat but with finer, somewhat softer, shorter hairs (undercoat) everywhere distributed between the coarser hairs. The absence of an undercoat is a fault. The distinctive facial furnishings include a beard and eyebrows. On the ears the hair is shorter than on the body, almost smooth. The general arrangement of the hair is such that the wirehaired Dachshund, when viewed form a distance, resembles the smooth, Any sort of soft hair in the outercoat, wherever found o the body, especially on the top of the head, is a fault. The same is true of long, curly, or wavy hair, or hair that sticks out irregularly in all directions.
Tail -- Robust, thickly haired, gradually tapering to a point. A flag tail is a fault.
These are Proper Wire coats (should look like a smooth form a distance) with Longer Wiry hairs on the jaw, eyebrows, and ears
These are Improper Wire coats because thier parents were Wire & Longhair creating a longer wire coat.
Pictured are a Chocolate & Tan Wirehair and a Dilute Red Wirehair.
You can also get Silky Coats from a Wire & Longhair cross. These do not shed.
Explanation of Dominant & Recessive Coat Genes
SMOOTH: The smooth coat gene is dominant to a longhair.
WIRE: The wire coat gene is dominant to both the smooth and longhair.
LONGHAIR: is a recessive gene.
NOTES: A 5 generation pedigree is recommended for determining future breeding. The pedigree will usually but not always tell each dogs type of coat.
Cross breeding of coats is allowed in the U.S.
It is not recommended to breed a wire to a longhair. It will degrade the wirehairs coat texture.
EXAMPLE: at the end of the dogs name there may be the following letters;
MS for miniature smooth
ML for miniature longhair
MW for miniature wirehair
(substitute the 'M' with 'S' for Standard Dachshunds, sometimes the first letter is not used)