Dachshunds look like adorable little sausages with their short legs and long bodies. But their hotdog-like appearance is not the only thing that makes them cute.
Their various colors and patterns make them even more adorable! It is one of the biggest factors in their popularity. These dogs are so popular that even Queen Victoria fell in love with them.
Dachshunds are now beloved household pets who come in over 30 different colors. Some of the most popular colors are red, black and tan, and black and cream.
Keep reading to learn more about the different types of Dachshund colors and how to spot the differences between them.
How Many Dachshund Colors Are There?
Dachshunds come in over 30 different colors and color combinations (patterns). That’s even more colors than the 25 that french bulldogs have! The most common colors include:
- Black and tan
- Black and cream
- Blue and tan
- Chocolate and tan
In contrast rare colors include:
- Solid black
- Solid fawn (isabella)
There are also types of patterns such as Dapple and Piebald. These coat patterns can show as spots, black face masks and color dilution, in addition to other things.
All the different Dachshund colors and patterns are the result of genetics. This means some are healthier than others and some have associated health problems.
For example blue dachshunds sometimes develop color dilution alopecia. This alopecia also happens to blue french bulldogs. It can result in hair thinning, hair loss and flaky skin. Puppies with this condition are born with normal hair, but their symptoms show at six months of age or older.
Dapple pattern pups can also have health problems like blindness and deafness. The Dachshund Breed Council says that “these health conditions are more prevalent in double Dapples than regular Dapples”.
The 30 different types of dachshund come from two main pigments called eumelanin and phaeomelanin. Eumelanin is by default black, while phaeomelanin is red, but these pigments can change resulting in all the various color options.
|Albino||Completely white with pink points.||Solid||Rare||$1,000+|
|Black and Cream||Black with cream markings on eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$500 – $1,000|
|Black and Tan||Black with tan markings on eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$500 – $1,000|
|Black and Tan Piebald||Black and tan with large white patches.||Pattern||Common||$600 – $1,500|
|Blue||A steely, bluish-gray color.||Solid||Rare||$400 – $1,000|
|Blue Dapple||Steely, dark bluish gray with light gray speckles.||Pattern||Rare||$700 – $1,100|
|Blue and Cream||Steely, bluish gray with cream markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$1,000 – $1,500|
|Blue and Tan||Steely, bluish gray with tan markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$400 – $1,500|
|Blue and Tan Dapple||Blue and tan with large white patches.||Pattern||Rare||$700 – $1,100|
|Brindle||Red or tan with black stripes.||Pattern||Rare||$500 – $1,000|
|Brindle Piebald||Red or tan with black stripes and large patches of white.||Pattern||Rare||$600 – $1,500|
|Chocolate||A solid rich, brown color.||Solid||Common||$700 – $1,500|
|Chocolate and Cream||Brown with cream markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$500 – $1,000|
|Chocolate and Tan||Brown with tan markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs.||Dual||Common||$500 – $1,000|
|Chocolate Dapple||Rich brown base with isabella or light brown speckles.||Pattern||Rare||$700 – $1,100|
|Cream||Golden brown all over, with slight reddish tones.||Solid||Common||$500 – $1,100|
|Double Dapple||White, red, blue, or chocolate dapple.||Pattern||Rare||$400 – $1,500|
|English Cream||A light brown color that looks whitish or golden.||Solid||Rare||$2,000 – $5,000|
|Isabella (Fawn)||A light or faded grayish brown.||Solid||Rare||$400 – $3,500|
|Isabella and Tan||A faded, grayish brown with tan markings.||Dual||Rare||$400 – $1,000|
|Piebald||White with brown, black, or tan patches and speckles.||Pattern||Rare||$600 – $1,500|
|Red||A deep, rusty red color.||Solid||Common||$500 – $1,000|
|Red Dapple||A deep, rusty red with speckles of white and pinky-red.||Pattern||Rare||$600 – $2,000|
|Red Sable||A deep, rusty red with black tips on the end of the hairs.||Pattern||Rare||$800 – $1,500|
|Shaded Cream||Cream or light blondish-brown with black hairs on the ears and tail.||Solid||Common||$500 – $5,000|
|Shaded Red||Deep, rusty red with black hairs on their ears and tail.||Solid||Common||$500 – $5,000|
|Black||Completely black with no other colors.||Solid||Rare||$1,500 – $4,000|
|Wheaten||A light golden hue that can include brown or white hues.||Solid||Rare||$500 – $1,500|
|White||Completely white with no other colors.||Solid||Rare||$400 – $1,000|
|Wild Boar||A silvery, dark grayish brown with bandings of different colors.||Dual||Rare||$500 – $3,500|
Albino dachshunds are completely white and have pink noses, eye rims and paw pads. They are usually confused for white, but a white dachshund’s nose and eye rims will usually be completely black, not pink. Some albinos are only partially albino, meaning they have some small spots of black or brown on their white coats. Albinos are considered rare because they happen due to a genetic mutation resulting in a loss of pigmentation.
Black and Cream Dachshund
Black and cream dachshunds are normally black all over with cream markings on their eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs. This color stands out because it combines the dark and light colors. It is a very popular choice that many first-time buyers want.
Black and Tan Dachshund
Black and tan dachshunds are predominantly black with tan markings on their eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs. They are very similar to black and creams, but their tan will be a darker, more intense reddish hue. When you search for an image of a Dachshund this is one of the first colors you will see. It is the second most popular dachshund color and people love its fiery reddish-tan.
Black and Tan Piebald Dachshund
Black and tan piebald dachshunds have a base coat of black and tan with large patches of white. These white patches will usually cover their chest and belly and sometimes have dots of black ticking. Black and tan piebalds always have an adorable white tip at the end of their tails and can have all-white nails too. Most people think that piebald is a color, but it is actually a pattern caused by a recessive gene. Breeders must be careful of how much white puppies inherit since the recessive white gene is linked to health problems such as deafness and blindness.
Blue dachshunds are a diluted shade of black. Their coat is a steely, bluish gray color that is quite similar to the slate blue of a german shepherd. This color is the result of a rare recessive dilution gene which is unfortunately responsible for causing alopecia. This can result in some blue pups losing their hair and having flaky skin. Blue dachshunds are unable to produce black pigmentation because of their genetics. They will have adorable blue noses and paw pads to match their blue coat.
Blue Dapple Dachshund
Blue dapple dachshunds have a steely, dark bluish gray coat with light gray speckles and patches of color. Blue dapples have the merle coat gene which causes random patches, blotches and speckles to appear over their coat. Interestingly they can have one blue eye and one brown! It is important to make sure that you do not get a double dapple puppy since they have some serious health issues like blindness and deafness.
Blue and Cream Dachshund
Blue and cream dachshunds have a steely, bluish gray base color with cream markings on their eyebrow area, muzzle, chest, legs and tail. These markings are just like black and cream dachshunds, but these dogs are not as popular as their black and cream siblings. This color can be confused for blue and tan, but their cream markings are a light brown and not reddish.
Blue and Tan Dachshund
Blue and tan dachshunds have a steely, bluish gray base color with tan markings on their eyebrows, chest, muzzle, legs and tail. This color is less popular than the traditional black and tan, but they are rarer which makes them cost more from certain breeders.
Blue and Tan Dapple Dachshund
Blue and tan dapple dachshunds have the dapple gene which causes random patches and speckles over their blue and tan coat. Blue and tan dapples have a blueish gray base color with light gray speckles and patches of color all over their coat. These patches of color will be a lavender blue very similar to a mini aussie. Just like regular blue and tans their tan markings are on their eyebrows, muzzle, legs, tail and chest. They are a rare and beautiful variation of the already unique blue dapple.
Brindle dachshunds have unique patterning on their coats that makes them look like a tiger. Their coat color is usually a very light shade of red or tan with darker brown or black stripes. Brindle dachshunds may have stripes all over their bodies or only on their tan points. But even one stripe on their coat can qualify them as a brindle.
Brindle Piebald Dachshund
Brindle piebalds have a brindle base coat with large patches of white. They will have a red or tan base color, with black or dark-colored stripes and large white patches on top. The white patches will usually cover their chest and belly. Like the blue and tan piebald they will also have a white tip at the end of their tails and either partly or all-white nails.
Chocolate dachshunds that don’t have any cream or tan markings on them are extremely hard to find! These dogs are a solid rich, chocolate brown color that look just like a chocolate lab. The chocolate coat is recessive and only has a small amount of eumelanin. Too much eumelanin would result in a black coat, instead of chocolate. Unfortunately chocolate is not considered a standard dachshund color so you will not see any chocolate pups in a show ring anytime soon.
Chocolate and Cream Dachshund
Chocolate and cream dachshunds have a rich, chocolate coat with cream or golden brown markings. These markings are on their eyebrows, legs, tail and chest. The result is a charming mix of light and dark browns that many people cannot help but love. Chocolate and creams can be confused for chocolate and tans, but the differences in their shades makes it easy to spot the difference.
Chocolate and Tan Dachshund
Chocolate and tan dachshunds have the famous rich chocolate color with reddish-brown markings on their eyebrows, legs, tail and chest. The combination of rich brown with dark reddish-brown instantly makes people melt!
Chocolate Dapple Dachshund
Chocolate dapple dachshunds have a deep, rich chocolate base color with white and fawn speckles all over their coat. Like other dapples they can also have beautiful blue, brown, or heterochromatic eyes that add to their uniqueness.
Cream dachshunds should be a mid-golden brown color all over with slight reddish hues. American cream pups should not be confused with English creams, which have real British lineage in their blood. The easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at their coat length as English creams only come in the long-haired variety. American creams come in both short and long-haired types. If your pup does not come with an authentic pedigree showing British lineage you have a regular American cream.
Double Dapple Dachshund
Double dapple dachshunds should not be bred because of the health problems associated with them. These health issues include blindness, deafness and small eyes. Many reputable breeders and dog associations consider breeding them irresponsible. It is a common myth that all double dapple dogs are white. Some double dapples can be blue, red or even chocolate.
English Cream Dachshund
English cream dachshunds are a light brown color that looks very whitish or golden. They are known for their soft coat, which has slightly wavy hair and is longer on their ears, chest, belly and legs. English creams are typically confused with American creams, but there are some easy ways to spot the differences between the two. American creams have reddish tones to their coats, while English creams have a whitish, golden color. American pups are born almost white, while English pups are almost black at birth and lighten as they age.
Isabella dachshunds are also known as fawn or lilac. They have a light, faded grayish brown coat color which comes from their parents who both have the dilute gene. This gene dilutes chocolate to form lilac. Isabellas are very rare and are not standard. It is also unusual to see this color as they are very expensive. Lilac is generally a very expensive color in dog breeds, Lilac Frenchies can cost over $5,000. Like blue dachshunds Isabellas can suffer from hair loss and itchy skin.
Isabella and Tan Dachshund
This color is a lot more common than a solid isabella dachshund. Isabella and tan dachshunds have a faded grayish brown coat with tan markings. Just like other dachshunds their tan markings appear on their eyebrows, legs, tail and chest. This color combination is popular amongst dachshund lovers, but their popularity doesn’t reach the heights of their black and tan or black and cream siblings.
Piebald dachshunds can be any solid or dual color with large patches of white. Their white patches will typically appear on their backs, legs, tail and head. Some piebalds will be mostly white, while others will have a brown or black body with just a few patches of white. It all depends on the pup! Health issues like blindness and deafness should be checked on all Piebald pups due to the white color.
Red dachshunds are a stunning deep, rusty brown color. Solid reds should not have any markings or areas of darker colors throughout their coats and can be as dark as fox red Labs. Red is a fairly common dachshund color because only one copy of the dominant red gene is needed to breed them. There is not much to say about them, but they are extremely beautiful and have no problem standing out.
Red Dapple Dachshund
Red dapple dachshunds are a deep, rusty red with speckles of diluted or light pinkish red patterns. Like all dapple dogs they can have blue, brown, or multi-color eyes. Red dapples can easily be confused with chocolate dapples, but reds have more of an intense rusty, reddish color. Chocolate dapples are a rich brown.
Red Sable Dachshund
Red sables are red dachshunds with black tips on their hair. This gives them a darker, deeper rusty brown color that is almost crimson. Sable is a coat pattern is present in many dog breeds including German Shepherds. This pattern adds black tips to the ends of the dog’s coat hairs. Sable and brindle are the only patterns that do not have health issues associated with them.
Shaded Cream Dachshund
Shaded creams are a cream or light blondish-brown color with dark black hairs on their ears and tail. Puppies are born black and start to lighten to brown around eight weeks. However they will keep some black hairs on their ears and tail. These dachshunds are sometimes confused with shaded reds, but they will have a lighter, more brownish tinge to their coats, rather than the intense, fiery red.
Shaded Red Dachshund
Shaded reds have a deep, rusty red coat with black hairs on their ears and tails. Similar to shaded cream dachshunds they are born black and start to lighten to red around eight weeks. This lightening leaves sporadic black hairs on their ears and tails which gives it a beautiful shaded effect. They can be confused with red sables, but shaded reds have entirely black hairs on their ears and tail. Red sables have black tips that can appear all over.
A pure black dachshund should be completely black with no other colors or markings. It is very rare to find a solid black pup as most are born with tan or cream markings. As rare as these pups are, they are just as adorable as their tan siblings.
Wheaten dachshunds are a light golden color that can include brown or white. This mix can make their coat look wheat in color. They are another rare dachshund color and were originally only seen in wire-haired pups. Recently the color has also been seen in short-haired and long-haired varieties too. Wheatons can be confused for English creams, but they will be slighter darker and come in all coat types.
White dachshunds are solid white and should have no other markings or patterns on their coat. They are uncommon and are not a popular or accepted color. White pups should not be confused for albino as the two are different. White dogs will have black or dark brown noses, paw pads and eyes, while the albino’s will be pink.
Wild Boar Dachshund
Wild boar dachshunds are a silvery, dark grayish brown color and look similar to a boar. Interestingly these dogs have individual hairs that have bands of different colors on them. These hairs will typically be a mixture of gray, black and brown. These pups will usually have tan or cream markings around their eyebrows, muzzle and legs. This color is relatively rare, however they are a popular wire-haired coat color.
These colorful little walking hotdogs can be an amazing addition to your family. There are over 30 beautifully unique dachshund colors that range from black to albino!
Some of the most common and popular colors include black and tan, chocolate and tan and tan. Some rarer colors include wheaten, black and isabella.
In total there are 12 different solid colors, 10 patterns and 8 two-colored coats to choose from!
|Albino||Black and Cream||Black and Tan Piebald|
|Blue||Black and Tan||Blue Dapple|
|Chocolate||Blue and Cream||Blue and Tan Dapple|
|Cream||Blue and Tan||Brindle|
|English Cream||Chocolate and Cream||Brindle Piebald|
|Isabella (Fawn)||Chocolate and Tan||Chocolate Dapple|
|Red||Isabella and Tan||Double Dapple|
|Shaded Cream||Wild Boar||Piebald|
|Shaded Red||Red Dapple|
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