The American Kennel Club describes the coat of a Dachshund upon three varieties. These are: smooth, long haired, and wirehaired.
A Dachshund with a smooth coat can either sport a single color often red and cream. If the dog has two colors, it will usually be chocolate, wild boar, gray and fawn.
Wirehaired Dachshunds are almost a different looking breed altogether. Their double coat has a thick and harsh topcoat with a fine, soft undercoat. The topcoat of this type will cover the entire body of the Dachshund.
Finally, a longhaired Dachshund will boast a sparkling glow to their coat, with long and wavy hair adding to their appearance a form of elegance.
The American Kennel Club lists 12 color and three markings that are acceptable for this breed.
- Black and cream
- Black and tan
- Blue and cream
- Blue and tan
- Chocolate and cream
- Chocolate and tan
- Fawn and cream
- Fawn and tan
- Wild boar
However, there are three additional colors such as black, chocolate and fawn.
The three markings the American Kennel Club finds acceptable is brindle, dapple and sable.
This breed is fairly simple to groom. They are frequent shedders but are considered a lower maintenance dog. Wirehaired types do need regular brushing and to have their coats stripped twice a year for a healthier looking coat. While longhaired types mat up easily if you don’t keep their coat brushed regularly.