Brushing over special characteristics of the coat varieties

The Dachshund is bred with three varieties of coat — smooth, wire-haired, and longhaired — and is shown in two sizes — Standard and Miniature. All three varieties and both sizes must conform to the characteristics specified in the previous section. The features in the following sections are applicable for each variety.

Smooth Dachshunds

Here are the defining characteristics of the smooth Dachshund:

Coat: Short, smooth and shining. Should be neither too long nor too thick. Ears not leathery.

Tail: Gradually tapered to a point; not too richly haired. Long, sleek bristles on the underside are considered a patch of strong-growing hair, not a fault. A brush tail is a fault, as is a partly or wholly hairless tail.

A brush tail is a tail that's bushy and heavy with hair. Dachshunds ¥ J shouldn't have one.

Color of hair: Although base color is immaterial, certain patterns and basic colors predominate. One-colored Dachshunds include red and cream, with or without a shading of interspersed dark hairs. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable, but not desirable.

Nose and nails: Black.

Two-colored Dachshunds

The two-colored smooth coat variety includes black, chocolate, wild boar, gray (blue), and fawn (Isabella). Each has deep, rich tan or cream markings over the eyes, on the sides of the jaw and underlip, on the inner edge of the ear, front, breast, inside and behind the front legs, on the paws and around the anus, and from the anus to about one-third to one-half the length of the tail on the underside. Undue prominence or extreme lightness of tan markings is undesirable. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable, but not desirable.

Colors voted out

Double-dappled Dachshunds are dappled Dachshunds with an additional sprinkling of pure white patches. This used to be an allowed pattern in the breed standard, but unusual and interesting as they may appear, double dapples are associated with multiple health problems. In 2007, the Dachshund Club of America voted to remove the double-dappled pattern from the standard.

Piebald Dachshunds are white with large spots of any color; this color pattern also isn't allowed in the breed standard. The Dachshund Club of America voted to add it in 2007, but the motion failed, with 316 votes for and 431 against.

^i-sr^ Dachshund colors, such as red or black, are easy to picture, but ^/viTN other colors are less well known. Wild boar is more common on >- (a Sffl ) wirehaired Dachshunds but can also occur on smooths. It refers to X^^/ a black or dark outer coat over a lighter-colored undercoat. Isabella is a fancy word for a fawn color. Some two-color Dachshunds are fawn with tan markings, called Isabella and tan.

The nose and nails for two-colored dachshunds are as follows: in the case of black dogs, the two are black; for chocolate and all other colors, dark brown, but self-colored is acceptable.

Dappled Dachshunds

The dapple (merle) pattern is expressed as lighter-colored areas contrasting with the darker base color, which may be any acceptable color. Neither the light nor the dark color should predominate. The 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 of a dapple is permissible.

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.

The sable pattern consists of a uniform dark overlay on red dogs. 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. The nose, nails, and eye rims are black. Eyes are dark — the darker the better.

Wirehaired Dachshunds

Here are the defining characteristics of the wirehair Dachshund:

Coat: With the exception of the 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) distributed between the coarser hairs. The absence of an undercoat is a fault. The distinctive facial furnishings include a beard and eyebrows. On the ears, the hair is shorter than on the body, almost smooth.

The general arrangement of the hair is such that the wirehaired Dachshund, when viewed from a distance, resembles the smooth. Any sort of soft hair in the outer coat, wherever found on the body — especially on the top of the head — is a fault. The same is true of long, curly, or wavy hair, or hair that sticks out irregularly in all directions.

Tail: Robust, thickly haired, gradually tapering to a point. A flag tail is a fault.

^AtsS'A A flag tail is a relatively long tail carried high, with feathering on J it. Dachshunds shouldn't have one.

Color of hair: Although the most common colors are wild boar, black and tan, and various shades of red, all colors and patterns listed in the smooth hair section are admissible. Wild boar appears as banding of the individual hairs and imparts an overall grizzled effect, which is most often seen on wirehaired Dachshunds but may also appear on other coats. Tan points may or may not be evident. Variations include red boar and chocolate-and-tan boar.

A small amount of white on the chest, although acceptable, isn't desirable.

Nose and nails: Same as for the smooth variety in most cases. Nose, nails, and eye rims are black on wild-boar and red-boar Dachshunds. On chocolate-and-tan-boar Dachshunds, nose, nails, eye rims, and eyes are self-colored — the darker the better.

Longhaired Dachshunds

Here are the defining characteristics of the longhaired Dachshund:

Coat: 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. Short hair on the ear isn't desirable. Too profuse a coat — which masks type — equally long hair over the whole body, a curly coat, and a pronounced parting on the back are all faults.

Tail: Carried gracefully in prolongation of the spine; the hair attains its greatest length here and forms a veritable flag.

Color of hair: Same as for the smooth Dachshund variety.

Nose and nails: Same as for the smooth variety.

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