Alabama Miniature Dachshunds

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Miniature Dachshund Colors & Patterns

Coat Types Coat Patterns Coat Colors (Examples coming soon...promise!)

Dachshunds come in a variety of coat types, colors and patterns. There are so many possibilities with this breed.

Coat types

Smooth: Short, smooth and shining. Should be neither too long nor too thick. Ears not leathery. The tail should be gradually tapered to a point, well but not too richly haired. Long sleek bristles on the underside are considered a patch of strong-growing hair.

Longhaired: The sleek, glistening, often slightly wavy hair is longer under the neck and on the forechest, the underside of the body, the ears, and behind the legs. The coat gives the dog an elegant appearance. The tail should be carried gracefully in prolongation of the spine; the hair attains its greatest length here and forms a veritable flag. Wire: With the exception of jaw, eyebrows, and ears, the whole body is covered with a uniform tight, short, thick, rough, hard outer coat but with finer, somewhat softer, shorter hairs (undercoat) everywhere distributed between the coarser hairs. The distinctive facial furnishings include a beard and eyebrows.

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DAPPLE MINIATURE DACHSHUND: Dappling is spotting or marbling of a lighter color mixed in with base coat color. The pattern is expressed as lighter-colored areas contrasting with the darker base color. This give the dog and overall mottled look. Neither the light nor the dark color should dominate. It can appear over any color.Red dapple-dappling is lighter red, black/tan dapple-dappling is gray/silver, chocolate/tan dapple-dappling is eggnog colored, blue/tan dappling-dappling is diluted eggnog color. If dappling occurs in eyes, eyes will be blue (can be one or both) or just have blue flecks in them. It is impossible to have blue eyes in a dachshund without the dapple pattern. Nose and nails are the same as for one- and two-colored Dachshunds. Partial or wholly blue (wall) eyes are as acceptable as dark eyes. A large area of white on the chest is sometimes found in a dapple.

BRINDLE MINIATURE DACHSHUND: Brindling is a distinct tiger stripe pattern over the base coat color. It can appear over any color. Brindle is a pattern (as opposed to a color) in which black or dark stripes occur over the entire body although in some specimens the pattern may be visible only in the tan points. This can appear in all coat types. The best brindles are striped all over the body, but even if there are only one or two stripes on the feet, the dog should be registered as brindle.

DOUBLE DAPPLE MINIATURE DACHSHUND: A double dapple will be a dappled dachshund with patches of white also mixed in. It can appear over any color. This can only occur both parents are dappled. The dapple gene is lethal in double doses, 4% of all double dapples born are blind or deaf or both. Most usually they have two blue eyes but can have only one blue eye and on occasion two brown eyes. It is impossible to have blue eyes on a dachshund without the dapple pattern. It is often mistaken for the piebald pattern.

PIEBALD MINIATURE DACHSHUND: The Piebald pattern is that of white spotting superimposed over any solid color. The solid color patches will not vary in color. A piebald will always have a white tail tip. The amount of white or solid color will vary. An almost solid white dog will usually always have a color patch on the head and the base of the tail. This classification would be the minimum amount of white being four completely white legs, a white tipped tail, and a white chest and then up to 80% of white on the coat. Extreme piebald white spotting is where more than 80% of the coat is white. These can appear with any color. White spotting is recessive which means both parents must be showing or carrying for it to appear. White spotting can have 'ticking' which looks like someone took a marker and put little dots of color in the white. 'Ticking' is dominant and only one of the parents has to be ticked.

SABLE MINIATURE DACHSHUND: The sable pattern consists of a uniform dark overlay on red dogs.This is a pattern that can.t be truly labeled until pup reaches 6 months of age. Many pups labeled sable lose black overlay and become simply red with no pattern. A true red sable will appear to be black and tan from a distance. The undercoat beneath black being red. This is a very uncommon pattern. The overlay hairs are double-pigmented, with the tip of each hair much darker than the base color. The pattern usually displays a widow.s peak on the head. Nose, nails and eye rims are black. Eyes are dark, the darker the better. Only appears in long-hair dogs.

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RED MINIATURE DACHSHUND Red is the most common color for a dachshund. Red can be any shade of red from blonde to a deep mahogany. You can have a clear red which means no dark hairs anywhere in the coat or you can have black hairs interspersed . either of these is still just red. It should have black eyes, black nose, and black nails unless it is a .chocolate-based red. which means it will have green eyes and its nose and nails will be liver colored as in the chocolate and tan. For a red to produce black/tans it must carry the tan point gene. A red that does not carry the tan point gene cannot ever produce anything but red puppies.

BLACK/TAN MINIATURE DACHSHUND Black/tan is the second most common color. The dachshund will be black all over with tan points (tan feet, over eyes, on face around muzzle, on chest, under tail). It will have black eyes, nose, and black nails.

BLACK MINIATURE DACHSHUND will be black all over without any tan points. It will have black eyes, black nose, and black nails.

CHOCOLATE/TAN MINIATURE DACHSHUND will be from milk chocolate to a rich dark chocolate brown with tan points (tan on feet, over eyes, on face around muzzle, on chest, under tail). It will have a brown to light brown nose and nails. A true chocolate/tan will never have a black nose. It will have brown to light brown eyes and on occasion green to hazel eyes. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.

CHOCOLATE MINIATURE DACHSHUND will be a dark chocolate brown all over without any tan points. It will have a brown to light brown eyes, nose, and nails. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.

CREAM MINIATURE DACHSHUND True cream will be from a platinum blonde to butter yellow in color. It will have black eyes, black nose and black nails.

BLACK/CREAM MINIATURE DACHSHUND Black/cream will be black all over with cream points (cream on feet, over eyes, on face around muzzle, on chest, under tail). It will have black eyes, black nose, and black nails.

BLUE/TAN MINIATURE DACHSHUND Blue and tan is a diluted black/tan. It will be a gun metal blue color with tan points. It will have grey eyes, grey nose, and grey nails. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.

ISABELLA(fawn)/TAN MINIATURE DACHSHUND Isabella/Tan is a diluted chocolate/tan. It will appear to be a washed out chocolate/tan. Its color should resemble a Weimaraner but with tan points. It will have grey eyes, grey nose and grey nails. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.

WHEATEN MINIATURE DACHSHUND Wheaten will be from a platinum blonde to light red in color. It will have black eyes, black nose, and black nails. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.

WILD BOAR MINIATURE DACHSHUND Wild Boar is when there are 3 or more colors on each hair, usually red, brown and black and sometimes a silvery grey. It is typically seen in wire-haired or smooth haired coats. This is a recessive color and must be showing or carried in both parents to appear.