What Color or Pattern is that Dachshund?
The list of colors and patterns below are those that can occur in the Dachshund. It should be noted that neither the double-dapple nor the piebald pattern is recognized in the breed standard that describes the ideal Dachshund, nor are they representative of the “acceptable” or “permissible” amount of white specified therein. Therefore, both are discouraged in the conformation show ring.
1. What is a pattern? How is it different than a color?
The self, or solid, colors in dachshunds are red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, blue and tan, and isabella (fawn) and tan. All dachshunds have one, and only one, self color.
The patterns found in dachshunds are dapple, double dapple, brindle, sable, and piebald. Any pattern can be superimposed over any self, or solid, color; for instance, black and tan dapple, red brindle, chocolate and tan piebald. The color is named first, followed by the pattern, if any.