| THE DACHSHUND COLOR AND PATTERNS
Did you know that the dachshund is the only breed with the most coat
types,colors and patterns?
The Dachshund breed has only four base coat colors:
Dominant red is dominant to every other color.
Black & tan is dominant to every other tan-pointed color except recessive
Chocolate & tan is recessive to every other color.
Wild boar/sable is dominant to every other color except dominant red.
All other colors are just varying shades of each of the four base colors.
Varying shades are due to dilution. For example:
A blue & tan is a diluted black & tan.
An Isabella & tan is a diluted chocolate & tan.
A cream is a diluted red, although a different type of dilution from the blue &
There are four present patterns in Dachshunds which are:
(You will need to understand the difference between a color and a pattern.
Color is the base on which the pattern is set. Otherwise, any pattern can
occur on any color. For instance, red dapple, black & tan brindle, brindle
piebald or red piebald.)
1. Self is a solid base color
2. Dapple is spotting or marbling of a lighter color mixed in with the base
coat color. It can appear over any color. It is dominant which means one of
the parents must show pattern for it to appear and it can also appear with
the piebald pattern. If dappling occurs in the eyes, one or both eyes will be
blue. or have blue flecks in them.
3. Brindle is a distinct tiger stripe pattern over the base coat color. It can
appear over any color. It is dominant which means one of the parents must
show the pattern for it to appear and it can appear with the piebald pattern.
Sometimes a puppy from a brindled parent can appear solid colored, when in
fact there is brindle present that goes unnoticed. This is known as a hidden
brindle. That puppy can produce brindled offspring. A black & tan dog will
show brindle only in the tan points.
4. Piebald can be in any color and may or may not have ticking (small tiny
spots). The basic coat is white with spots in any color. Piebald is recessive
and must be on both sides of the pedigree to get it. The ticking on a piebald
is considered a dominant trait. A piebald bred to a piebald will produce a litter
of all piebald puppies. To be considered piebald, a dog must show white on
their neck, chest, all four legs, under body, and tail tip. A dog with less white
than this is not piebald, and should not be registered as such.
Black & tan
Black & cream
Blue & cream
Blue & tan
Chocolate & tan
Isabella & tan
Black & Tan Piebald
Isabella & Tan
Chocolate & Tan
Black & Tan Dapple
Chocolate & Tan
Blue & Tan Dapple
Black & Tan Brindle