RED- Red dachshunds are widely known and recognized for their beautiful
range of red coloring. From a deep mahogany red to a pale golden and all
shades of brownish red in between, the array is truly splendid. Red
dachshunds may be a clear red or they may have black hairs in their coat.
Some reds have black trim around their eyes and ears and along their
backs. This darker trim often fades as the puppy gets older. The reds
should have black noses and nail color and brown eyes.
BLACK/TAN- Black/tan dachshunds are also widely known and recognized.
They have a shiny black coat and have tan or reddish brown markings on
the face, chest, four feet and under the tail. The nose pad and nails should
be black. The eyes should be a dark rich brown and the markings should
be deep tan and even- not pale red or indistinct. Note that BLACK/CREAM
dachshunds are the same except markings are a light cream instead of
BLACK- Occasionally when black/tan dachshunds with indistinct markings
are bred over many generations, they can produce a dachshund that
appears to be solid black. Genetically, there is no solid black dog,
however, there can be a puppy that appears to have no tan markings.
These black dachshunds are recognized by AKC and are highly regarded
by pet owners and breeders.
BLUE/TAN- Blue/tan dachshunds are dilutes of the black/tan colors. The
dachshunds main body color is a battleship gray or steel gray along with
muted tan markings as a result of diluting factors. Their eyes are usually a
grayish color and the nose pad and nails are a pale gray.
CHOCOLATE/CREAM- Chocolate/cream dachshunds are similar to
black/cream dachshunds- their main body color is a rich dark chocolate
to a light milky chocolate and their points are a lovely cream color.
Chocolate/cream dachshunds often have brown or hazel eyes and a liver
colored, self colored,or deep dark brown nose pad, nails and tan
CHOCOLATE/TAN- Chocolate/tan dachshunds are similar to black/tan
dachshunds but their main body color is a rich dark chocolate to a
light milky chocolate. Chocolate/tan dachshunds often have brown or
hazel eyes and a liver colored, self colored, or deep dark brown nose
pad, nails and tan markings.
CHOCOLATE- occasionally, when chocolate/tan dachshunds with
indistinct markings are bred over many generations, they can
produce a dachshund that appears to be solid chocolate. A solid
chocolate would appear to have no tan markings. These chocolate
dachshunds are recognized by AKC and are highly regarded and
CREAM- Cream colored dachshunds do not have any red or tones of
red in their coat. They often appear almost off white to greyish white
at birth. They are a natural buff color with dark brown eyes and a
black nose and nail color or self colored. They may also have some
black hairs in their coats- around the eyes, ears, and along the back.
This black often diminishes as the puppy gets older. True creams
trace their lineage to England.
AMERICAN CREAM- American cream colored dachshunds often
appear white to pale blond at birth and can come in smooth or long
hair. As they get older, they often appear to be strawberry blond or
beige tone. They normally have dark brown eyes, and a black nose
and nail color. However, just as you can have a red dilute resulting
in a liver colored nose, you can have a diluted American Cream with
a pale nose. This is a result of breeding an American Cream to a
chocolate/tan or other dilute color.
ISABELLA/TAN- Isabella/tan dachshunds, often described as Fawn
colored with tan markings are another form of dilute color.
Isabella/tan is a dilution of chocolate/tan. The main body is a
silvery fawn color and the markings are a diluted tan. The eyes are
usually a light greyish green and the nose pad and nail colors are
pale liver colored.