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A Cream Dachshund
The “Bond Girl” of the Dachshund Breed
Cream Dachshunds are very elegant and classy. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful dogs ever produced. A Cream Dachshund generally has long flowing, lovely blond hair. It almost always feels like satin, or a bunny’s fur. Anyone that has ever spent any time with a cream dachshund will tell you that looks are not the only thing special about them. A Cream Dachshund has an amazingly sweet personality. They are generally calmer and more regal acting than even the best of the longhaired dachshunds. They have an heir about them. Something that sets them apart. Royal with stunning beauty. I really wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to bring the English Cream Dachshund into my “family” or breeding program. For years the price of an English Cream Dachshund was astronomical. Even the price of having one of these rare beauties imported from some of the most superior Dachshund Kennels of Europe would require something akin to a second mortgage. Slowly, through time and rise of popularity amongst the better dachshund breeders in the nation, the English Creams are now a little more available to people wanting them for house pets. We are honored to have English Cream Dachshunds and are determined to be able to offer our friends, neighbors and past customers these amazing imported English Cream puppies at an affordable price. There are two very different dogs that are both referred to as creams. The English Cream Dachshund and what breeders have come to call the American Cream Dachshund. Below you will find a little info on each of these colors as well as some genetic info on them. As always, if you have any question please feel free to contact us. We are very friendly English Cream Dachshund Breeders that welcome your calls and emails.
Speaking genetically, Cream is a recessive color. This means you can only produce cream dachshund puppies by breeding two parents together that either are cream or carry the “cream gene”. Cream gene is the common term for the chinchilla gene. You can breed a cream doxie to a black and tan all day long, and if she doesn’t have a cream ancestor, you are going to have an adorable litter of black and tan puppies. (who knows, maybe even a red) Cream Doxies are supposed to have black noses, paw pads and nails. They usually have what appears to be black eyeliner. There are exceptions to all rules. Faults, if that what you want to call them… When the noses and paw pads are self coloring. (pinkish at birth turning dark brown with age). It happens to the best of us. When it does, reputable breeders find these puppies a wonderful pet home and do not keep them for their breeding programs. There is nothing wrong with them at all, but reputable breeders try to breed the best of the best.
English Cream Dachshund
As the name would apply, most true English Cream Dachshunds can be traced back within five generations to a dog of English descent. They generally range in color from a light pale gold, to a strawberry blond. They are typically born dark brown and lighten with age. With exception of the clear cream (ee cream, double chinchilla factored). Clear Cream Dachshunds are born pale cream, almost white. This is a cream dachshund that has no black hairs and cannot have black tips that you so often see on English Cream Dachshunds. They call those Shaded English Cream. In my opinion, it comes from the same gene that creates shaded red dachshunds. Not the same gene as the Sable Dachshund. A Sable is a pattern that has black tips allover his body and a shaded cream usually only maintains the black shading on his ears and tail.
The English Dachshund Breeders played a major hand in “creating” this type of dachshund. By identifying a gene referred to as the chinchilla factor. Simply put, it’s a close cousin to the dilute gene we use to create blue or Isabella dachshunds.
I believe the chinchilla gene only attaches itself to shades of red. Whether it be a red base color or the red or tan points of a dachshund. This is how we get the black and cream, chocolate and cream, blue and cream and Isabella and Cream Dachshund.
It’s NOT just the color that separates an English Cream Dachshund from an American Cream Dachshund. English Creams almost always have bunches of champions and imported dogs in their pedigree. Making them very well bred to say the least! Their body structure and head structure are elegant and close to perfection. Since the Dachshund Standard of England and most foreign nations, state that a Miniature Dachshund is 16 pounds and under, it is very safe to say that most English Cream Dachshunds might way a pound or two more than our typical American Dachshund. Since our standard states that a miniature dachshund is 11 pounds and under at 12 months. But, I believe that the extra weight is dispersed upon a longer body frame most of the time. Not a big dog, by any means.
The term “Cream Dachshund” really refers to two completely different gene pools. I believe that the English Cream is produced using the red chinchilla gene and the dilute dachshund is created using the blue chinchilla gene. But, I am a good breeder and even I get a little confused when you get too deep into genetics. At any rate, lets just say that it took A LOT to be able to produce the amazing English Cream Dachshund and I am very proud of them!
American Cream Dachshund
The American Cream is an entirely different matter, with a similar appearance. I would loosely say that this color is more a lighter version of red dachshunds than it is a specific gene. It has long sense been my opinion that American cream dachshunds acquired their color from cream piebalds. And, that cream piebalds acquired their color from the stock dog breeds that were originally used to create the Dachshund breed. I have always owned and loved cream piebald dachshunds. You can put one of them beside an English cream and they are both the same color and have the same black body parts..lol Most of the smooth creams that you see have piebald in their pedigree, but not all of them. We are very fortunate to have a line of smooth English Creams with some of the biggest names behind them. I am fascinated with them. They’re beautiful. But, I won’t write about that now.
Of coarse, there will always be people that aren’t as knowledgeable about color or mistake the color of their puppies. In that case, I think a lot of the ads you see for cream dachshunds are really just dilute red. The easiest way to tell is to ask them about the color of the nose. Remember, cream dachshunds are to have black noses, paw pads and nails. A dilute red will have a reddish nose, etc. A pedigree would very helpful there, too.
In general, when I write a new page for my site, I like to start with my general knowledge and opinion of the topic first. Then, I spend hours and sometimes days researching material to back up and add to my article. This was an extremely hard thing to do with the cream dachshunds, as there seems to be no written history on this particular color that I could find. The breeders that breed and own creams had some discussions about it, but they didn’t include very much real data or dates for that matter. If I ever come across more information on the subject, I will gladly add it here! If you know where I can find more info, please let me know.
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