The Dachshund has more coat types and colors than any other breed. Due to the lack of a full explanation on colors and patterns by the AKC, I have written these pages to show you what colors and patterns are available in the breed.

IMPORTANT: As you know only one color will be on AKC papers but the AKC will not recognize two patterns for a dog. Although, it is possible for a dog to show two patterns.

COLOR OR PATTERN:

As stated in almost all books about Dachshunds here is a brief explanation on Pattern. There are Dachshund colors and Dachshund patterns. Patterns can not be mixed on AKC papers. For example, you can't mark a dog as a red brindled piebald. Although this pattern is genetically possible. It is recommended if you have a Dachshund with two patterns that you circle only the dominant pattern. Patterns recognized are sable, dapple, double dapple, piebald and brindle. Colors recognized are red, black & tan, blue & tan, chocolate & tan, fawn & tan (Isabella), wheaten, wild boar and cream. Most patterns can occur in all colors but may not be visible. I had a black & tan and a silver dapple puppy born out of a brindle sire and a silver dapple dam. Until they were about two weeks of age, I did not see the brindle in the tan points. There will be some colors of Dachshunds such as a chocolate where you may not see the brindle.

(Click on a section below to see an explanation and picture example.)

COLORS - DILUTE COLORS - COAT PATTERNS - COAT TYPES - COAT GENES

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