LOOKS OF DACHSHUNDS

 

Dachshunds are known for their typical 
elongated bodies, short legs, hanging
ears, long tails, long noses, and playful
personalities.  They are little charmers,
able to manipulate their owners into
spoiling them. At the same time, they are
loyal, affectionate, and lively.
              

Only two official size varieties of Dachs-
hunds are recognized in America—
Standards and Miniatures. Other size 
terms such as tweenie, dwarf, toy, 
teacup or micro-mini Dachshunds are 
not officially recognized categories. 
Those terms simply are used for 
marketing (sale) purposes by cheap 
breeders.

The Standards at the age of 12 months 
have a height of 8-11 inches (20-27cm.) 
and a weight over 11 pounds (4.9kg.).

The Miniatures at the age of 12 months 
have a height up to 5-7 inches (13-18 
cm.) and a weight  of 11 pounds (4.9 
kg.) or less. 

        

Dachshunds come in three coat 
varieties. The original Dachshunds 
had smooth coats. Later, Spaniels 
were bred with smooth Dachshunds 
to produce the
longhaired Dachshund
Even later, smoothhaired Dachshunds 
were mixed with wirehaired Terriers 
and Pinschers to produce the
wire-
haired Dachshund
. At Hoodpuppies 
we only have smooth-haired Miniature 
Dachshunds. We love how these coats 
are of such low maintenance. 

 

There is a difference between Dachs-
hund coat colors and Dachshund coat 
patterns. Examples of colors are: red, 
black & tan, blue & tan, chocolate & 
tan, fawn & tan (Isabella), wheaten, 
wild boar, and cream. Examples of 
color patterns are: dapple, piebald, 
brindle, and sable. Most patterns
can occur in all colors but may not
be visible. 
Patterns may not be mixed. Thus 
dappled piebalds are not desirable. 
(Such mixing of patterns would be 
indicative of puppy mills.) Likewise, 
double dapples are not desirable since
this can result in a lethal gene, as 
well as deafness and reduced eyesight.

 

The (healthy) single dapple gene is a 
dilution gene. This means that the gene 
lightens whatever the coat color other-
wise would have been. The lightening 
is not spread evenly over the coat, but 
rather leaves patches of undiluted color 
scattered over the dog's body. Also, the 
lightening seems to work primarily on 
the dark pigment (i.e. black, chocolate, 
etc.) in the coat; any tan on the face 
stays even. 
        
     
 

Piebald have a white body with 
patches of one or two solid colors, 
like chocolate & tan or black & tan 
on white. The patches may range 
from a few spots to covering over 
50 percent of the dog’s body. In 
addition, ticking may occur 
throughout the white areas or the 
dog may be solid white (extreme 
piebald).  Piebald is a safe way of 
breeding a white dachshund color; 
it is not lethal like the double dapple 
gene—it is a completely different 
sub breed. At Hoodpuppies we only 
have solid piebalds! (Dapple piebalds 
often have one or two blue eyes but a 
solid piebald or brindle piebald will 
never have blue eyes.) It is not 
possible to have blue eyes on a 
dachshund if the dog does not have 
a dapple pattern. 
 Also, a true piebald
must have a white-tipped tail.
      
      
            
At Hoodpuppies we do not birth 
double dapples, dappled piebalds, 
etc.

 



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