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.
Solid: There are no markings or secondary color of any kind.
Bi: A solid colored body with tan points on muzzle, legs, eyebrows, chest and under base of tail with no other color anywhere on the dog. They may also be a solid colored dog with minimal white markings on chest, feet, tail or stomach.
Tri: A dog with a solid colored body with tan/cream points on muzzle, legs, eyebrows, chest and under base of tail with minimal white being somewhere on the chest, stomach, feet and/or tip of tail. While the Tri pattern distinction has been overlooked in past years it is one that is being used more with the amount of white areas that are now being bred into the solid colored dachshund.
Tuxedo: A solid colored body, 4 white feet, white chest and a partial to whole collar. The effect of the Tuxedo pattern would be if you were to stand the dog up on it's hind feet and it would look to be sporting a Tuxedo coat.
Piebald: A base coat of white with single colored spots of red, black, chocolate, cream, blue or fawn. A piebald patterned dachshund always has a white tipped tail.
Merle (Dapple): A solid body dog with or without tan/cream markings with irregular diluted patches of color intermingled in the coat. A dachshund with blue eyes is ALWAYS a merle (dapple).
Double Merle (Double Dapple): A solid body dog with or without tan/cream markings with diluted patches of color intermingled in the coat along with patches of white.
Brindle: Has the appearance of black tiger stripes on a dachshund's body or markings. Black/tan brindles will only have visible stripes on their tan points.
Sable: The most misidentified pattern of all dachshund patterns and is seen ONLY in long-haired REDS. All hairs on a red sable except the face and feet are banded with two colors. The hair band closest to the body is red and the tip is black. True red sables will look like a black/tan from a distance due to the black hair tips yet red face and feet.
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