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How Many Varieties of Dachshunds Are There?

I am a proud dachshund owner and I love sharing knowledge about them. I have enjoyed having dachshunds as family members for decades.

8-week-old red short-haired dachshund puppy

8-week-old red short-haired dachshund puppy

The Typical Dachshund (Weenie Dog)

When you hear that someone has a dachshund or weenie dog, typically you will picture a red, short-haired, long dog. The short-haired, red dachshund is a very popular one and is pervasive throughout the United States. My first dachshund was a beautiful red one named Heidi. Since dachshunds are German, we chose a German name for her.

Though the red, short-haired dachshund is very popular, there are many other varieties.

Dachshunds can have a wide variety of colors, coats, and patterns.

Colors of Dachshund

  • Red: This is basically a reddish, brown color. For dachshund dogs, it is referred to as red. This is one of the most prevalent colors of dachshunds.
  • Black and tan: This is mainly a black dog with tan-colored four-eyes (dots above the eyes), feet, and jowls.
  • Chocolate and tan: This is mainly a rich, chocolatey-colored dog with tan-colored four-eyes, feet, and jowls.
  • Chocolate and cream: These are just like the chocolate and tan with the exception of creamy color four-eyes, feet, and jowls.
  • Cream: This is a creamy, blonde color. It is much like a yellow Labrador hair color.
  • Blue and tan: The "blue" refers to a silver, grayish color. This is basically a "blue" colored dog with tan colored four-eyes, feet and jowls. This is a less common color.
  • Isabella and tan: This is a pale-brown color with tan four-eyes, feet, and jowls.
  • Black: Solid black without any accent colors. This is quite rare.

All of these colors can have slight variations. Some may have a white blaze on their chest. I have personally seen all of these colors of dachshunds in person with the exception of the Isabella and tan. This assortment of colors makes the breed of dachshunds that much more intriguing and delightful.

This little cutie is a great shade of Chocolate and Tan.  He also has a white blaze on his chest.

This little cutie is a great shade of Chocolate and Tan. He also has a white blaze on his chest.

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What Type of Patterns Do Dachshund's Coats Have?

  • Dapple dachshund: These have spotting of one color on top of a base color. Dappling can come in all colors: red, cream, black, chocolate, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, black and cream, black and tan, blue, and Isabella. Some show the dapple pattern boldly with varying amounts of spots. The spots of a red dapple dachshund will show less than those of a black dapple or a chocolate dapple. In the image below, there are 3 different colored dapple puppies. The red ones spots will most likely blend in and be barely visible after they are grown. The other colored ones should show much like they do at this young age.
  • Brindle dachshund: Also called Tiger Stripes. These are dark stripes of black or tan on a lighter base coat of red, cream, or tan. These are the most common of all of the patterns.
  • Sable dachshund: This is a red-colored dachshund with what looks like a black overlay. Some describe it as red hair tipped with black. It gives a two-tone look. Very pretty and understated.
  • Piebald Dachshund: These are white with spots of any of the colors that dachshunds are known to have. I have had a chocolate piebald and had a friend that had a cream one. The body is white, while the spots are colored. Some have "freckling" of color within the white. Both are very pretty and each is very unique.
  • Double dapple dachshund: this is a white dachshund with collie-type markings. These are born when 2 dapples are bred together. They may have health issues, including deafness and/or blindness. They will have either blue eyes or possibly one dark and one light eye. Their genetics will be the cause of many veterinary visits.
Long-haired brindle dachshund

Long-haired brindle dachshund

Dachshund Combinations and Possibilities

With all these variations the dachshund dog is anything but plain and boring. It is not only long, but colorful and patterned.

ColorsPatternsCoats

red

dapple

long haired

black & tan

brindle

smooth (short haired)

chocolate & tan

sable

wire haired

chocolate & cream

piebald

blue & tan

double dapple

wild boar

black

Isabella & tan

This litter includes chocolate dapple, red dapple, and black dapple.

This litter includes chocolate dapple, red dapple, and black dapple.

What Type of Coats do Dachshund Dogs Have?

  • Smooth coat: Also, known as short-haired. Short-haired dachshunds are so easy to care for. They do not shed. They are easy to bathe and dry quickly.
  • Long-haired: The long-haired dachshunds are, to me, gorgeous. These dogs are a way to have a long-haired dog without having to deal with professional grooming. They do not even have to be brushed daily. Once a week brushing, and these dogs will look Fabio fabulous to show off on Instagram.
  • Wire-haired: Their hair is somewhat coarse to the touch. From a distance, wire-haired dachshunds look like the smooth coat dachshunds, with one exception. The wire-haired dachshunds have long eyebrows that bush out and a beard. If the eyebrows and beard are not trimmed, they will grow out longer. This is the only coat type that I have not had the privilege of being around. To me, they are cute and remind me somewhat of the Scottie dog, at least in the face.
This is my friend's piebald dachshund.  He is piebald and has the freckling that occurs sometimes on the white portion of a piebald dachshund.

This is my friend's piebald dachshund. He is piebald and has the freckling that occurs sometimes on the white portion of a piebald dachshund.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 April McMichael

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