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Colors


Dachshunds come in more colors and patterns than any other breed! All colors and patterns come in all coats - Smooth, Longhair, and Wirehair.

Let's start with what the AKC dachshund standard calls ‘base' colors. The base colors in dachshunds are red, cream, black & tan, black & cream, chocolate & tan, chocolate & cream, blue & tan, blue & cream, Isabella (fawn) & tan, and wild boar.

Red - anything from a deep mahogany red, to a pale golden, 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 and are discussed under "patterns".  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'. All true red dogs, no matter what their shade of coloring, always have brown eyes and black noses and nails.  Occasionally, a brown dilution gene will creep in and cause the eyes to be hazel (greenish-brown), and the noses and nails to be brown or liver-colored. 

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Wheaten - the color is actually just a light red but in wirehair dachshunds are called wheaten.

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Cream- 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.

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Black & Tan -A 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. 

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Black & Cream - A shiny black with pale cream markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail.  Noses and nails are black, and the eyes should be dark brown. 

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Blue & Tan - the dilute version of black and tan.  The dog's main body color is an even steel bluish-gray, with brown markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail. 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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Chocolate & Tan - a rich hershey chocolate-brown color, with rich reddish-brown markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail. 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. 

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Chocolate & Cream - a rich hershey chocolate-brown color, with pale cream markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail. 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. 

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Isabella & Tan - the dilute version of chocolate and tan.  The dog's main body color is a fawn color, similar to a Fawn Weimaraner, with rich reddish-brown markings on his face, chest, all four feet, and under the tail.  Eye color in Isabella and tan dachshunds is usually a pale grayish-green, and nose and nails are pale pinkish-chocolate. 

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Sable/Wild Boar - Sable in long coat only, called Wild Boar in smooth’s and wire’s. The dogs have individual hair strands that are two different colors.
a base color (usually red) at the root progressing to black at the tip. Many people mistakenly call a red dog with a heavy black overlay a sable.  This is incorrect; the dog should be registered as red with no pattern. A true red sable is so dark it almost looks like a black and tan from a distance. The face and feet are usually just the dog's self color.  Therefore, a red sable will have body hairs which are red near the base and black near the tips, and a red face and red feet. 

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