The Dachshund breed has to be one of the more confusing breeds to understand with its vast variety of colors and patterns but with a little research and enthusiasm on your part and a lot of common sense thrown in for good measure even the most challenged can learn what is what.
There are more colors and patterns in the Dachshund breed than most any other breed of canine. This alone makes it very difficult for a novice with little or no experience of the breed to label the colors/patterns correctly which leads to a large number of puppies/dogs being incorrectly labeled.
Now keep in mind that while there are only 7 recognized breed standard colors there are many shades of these colors that are simply registered as the basic color. Red being the number one color that throws many breeders due to its wide variety of coat shades and nose pad colors.
One color dachshunds have no tan/cream markings. Two colored dachshund’s means they are the base color (black, chocolate, blue, Isabella) with tan/cream markings around their eyes, feet, muzzle and base of tail. The proper ways to address and label these puppies are as Black/Tan, Black/Cream, Chocolate/Tan, Chocolate/Cream, Blue/Tan, Blue/Cream, Isabella/Tan and Isabella/Cream.
The sole exception here is the Wildboar, which is listed strictly as Wildboar. Wildboar is both a color and pattern and is used in wirehair and smooth coated dachshunds. It should never be used in reference to the longhaired variety.
Red: The basic red, brown to a mahogany red to a light yellow in color. Red dachshunds are widely known for their beautiful range of "red" coloring. Reds DO NOT have any tan markings. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable but not desired. Nose and nails must be black. Any pattern is acceptable.
Cream: A yellow-off-white (blond) color. Creams DO NOT have any tan makings. A Cream has NO red tint. Nose and Nails MUST be BLACK. All TRUE Creams are born with grayish/brown hair (often described as mouse color) that gets lighter as the puppy gets older and turns into the cream color. Shaded Cream can have black hairs interspersed in their coat. Creams can have black nose, nails, eyes, and even black hair in their coat.
Black: A black coat with no markings. The coat is a glossy black. It has black nose, nails, eye rims and dark brown eyes.
Black/Tan: A glossy black with tan to reddish-brown markings or points over the eyes, under the tail, on the feet and around the muzzle. Nose, nails and eye rims are black.
Black/Cream: The body itself is black but the markings are a light blond almost appearing white. Nose, nails and eye rims MUST be black. "Black/cream" dachshunds can produce cream pups just like creams.
Chocolate: Any color from milk chocolate to a dark chocolate like a Hershey bar. Chocolates MUST have liver/chocolate nose, nails and eye rims with hazel/green eyes. Chocolate do not have any black on their body anywhere.
Chocolate/Tan: Any color from milk chocolate to a dark chocolate like a Hershey bar with tan markings over the eyes, under the tail, on the feet and around the muzzle. Nose, nails and eye rims must be chocolate or liver with hazel/green eyes.
Chocolate/Cream: Where the body itself is black but the markings are a light blond almost appearing white. Nose, nails and eye rims MUST be liver/red with hazel/green eyes.
Blue: Any color from a light gray to a dark blue sometimes described as gunmetal color. Blue MUST have gray/blue/slate noses, nails and eye rims. ABSOLUTELY NO BLACK IS ALLOWED ON A BLUE DOG.
Blue/Tan: Any color from a light gray to a dark blue sometimes described as gunmetal color with tan markings. Blues MUST have gray/blue noses, nails and eye rims. BLUES HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BLACK ON THEM.
Blue/Cream: Any color from a light gray to a dark blue sometimes described as gunmetal color with cream markings. Blues MUST have gray/blue noses, nails and eye rims. BLUES HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BLACK ON THEM.
Fawn (Isabella): A blue/fawn color. Noses, nails and eye rims MUST be liver. Appears fawn like a washed out chocolate. It is the same color found in the Weimeraner.
Fawn/Tan: A blue/fawn color with tan markings. Nose, nails and eye rims MUST be liver. Will appear fawn like a washed out chocolate. Tan markings are slightly affected and may appear washed-out.
Fawn/Cream: The diluted form of the Chocolate. Appears fawn like a washed out chocolate. Cream markings are slightly affected and may appear washed-out.
Wildboar: A double banded dachshund with a lighter brown/red base coat and a black tipped overlay. (Same appearance as Red sable in the long-hair variety.) It is distinguishable by its lighter base coat showing through on muzzle, around eyes and under side of body. Unlike the Sable it is only of one color (brown/red) base coat. The Wildboar color is used in Smooth coat and wires only. Nose, nails and eye rims are black or liver/red if dilution is involved. The base of the hair shaft is a lighter color and the upper part of the hair shaft is dark usually black. The intensity of the red pigmentation and width of the light or dark areas may differ so that the Wildboar may look like a black/tan or be very light with some dark hair.
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