Cream of the Crop: Exploring the World of English Cream Dachshunds
You’ve definitely heard of a Dachshund before—the long, low-rider “wiener dog” is a pop-culture icon and one of the world’s most popular and recognizable dog breeds! Dachshunds come in the standard size and in miniature and come in short and long hair varieties. But, did you know that Dachshunds also come in a wide range of coat colors?
Beyond the standard black and tan, there’s a whole world of fascinating Doxie colors to explore! One of the most coveted is English cream—a variation of cream that refers specifically to Dachshunds that are almost white or cream with very little reddish undertone. True English cream Dachshunds must originate in England, but many cream Doxies from other regions are also labeled English cream. English cream Dachshunds typically have a single solid coat color, but there are English creams with patterning or markings.
Here, we’ll explore the world of English cream Dachshunds from their fur in beautiful cream shades to their vivacious personalities.
Meet 7 English Cream Dachshunds from Instagram
You can’t really get to know a unique breed without getting a good idea of what they look like. English cream Dachshunds look like any other Dachshund but with a distinctive cool, creamy coat. You’ll notice that some English creams are almost white, while others lean more towards red. While “official” English creams rarely have red in their fur, many “American creams” and other red dilutes are also labeled as English creams.
True English cream Dachshunds can be clear or shaded, but they are almost always miniature, long-haired varieties of the breed. You will almost never come across a true cream smooth-coat, wire-coat, or standard-sized Dachshund.
Before we take a look at these cuties, let’s quickly go over the different types of English cream coat:
- Clear cream: No shading or dark pigmentation to the fur
- Shaded cream: Cream topped with darker colors, sometimes as dark as black
Salchi is a three-year-old English cream Dachshund living in New York City who enjoys all the perks of being a big-city pup! When she’s not living the NYC dream, Salchi likes to travel out of the city for swimming, hiking, and vacationing in different states!
Chester is a seven-month-old English cream mini Dachshund puppy from Devon in the UK! Almost unbelievably cute, Chester has a little more growing to do but will be small even when he is an adult.
3. Biscuit & Peanut
Biscuit (left) and Peanut (right) are two varieties of “cream” but only Biscuit is an English cream Dachshund. Peanut is a variety called shaded cream Dachshunds, which have darker “shading” that can be reddish-tan, brown, or even black. These “sassy sausage sisters” are one (Biscuit) and two (Peanut) and they like to be together no matter what they’re doing.
4. Albus & Loki
Albus and Loki are both English cream miniature Dachshunds from Ireland who practically look like twins—can you tell them apart? These sweet boys don’t just love each other, they’re also besties with a cat who is almost the same size as they are!
Maddy is a one-year-old English cream miniature Dachshund whose sunny personality lights up the room! Her gorgeous cream-colored coat is mostly silky, but this dog’s ears have wavy hair that is a total contrast to the rest of her fur.
Adorable little Callie is a miniature English cream Dachshund puppy from Maryland. Not even six months old yet, Callie will continue to grow and her fur will continue to lighten into a brighter cream coat.
River is an English cream mini Dachshund from Pennsylvania who loves the beach, the pool, and even the sink—if there’s water, River is there!
English Cream Dachshund Basic Info
English cream Dachshunds are a specific “variety” of cream Dachshunds. Like most dog breeds, the Dachshund comes in a range of colors like the standard black and tan or the more exotic wheaten or wild boar. Cream is considered breed standard only for miniature long-haired Dachshunds according to the American Kennel Club, and both English and American cream Dachshunds are purebred.
Color plays an almost insignificant role in a dog’s personality or physiology, and English cream Dachshunds should have the same temperament and physicality as any other purebred Dachshund. The smallest breed in the hound group, Dachshunds are determined dogs with immense prey drive and a love of work. Though they thrive when given a job and allowed to exercise their natural instincts, English cream Dachshunds are also fabulous companions and loving family pets.
English Cream Dachshund Temperament
Dachshunds are curious, intelligent, and social dogs with keen noses for mischievous adventures and getting into trouble. A variety of hound breed, Dachshunds have a high prey drive and become totally focused and determined once they have set their minds on something. Some might call the Dachshund stubborn, while others would say they are steadfast and independent thinkers.
Alert and observant, English cream Dachshunds enjoy plenty of physical activity and mental stimulation and can get bored easily. Once tired out, Dachshunds can be very snuggly and keen to nap, and some become a little lazy in their golden years. Dachshunds like to have routine, and will protest if you wake them too early, or feed them too late—some may even be a little bossy when enforcing their schedule.
Fantastic companions that become extremely loyal to their humans, Dachshunds sometimes do well with children but are better with older respectful kids who understand and can follow boundaries. Goofy and playful, Dachshunds that do enjoy kids like to romp and sometimes boss around their young playmates.
English Cream Dachshund Size
English cream Dachshunds are always miniature Dachshunds, which stand just 5–6 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 11 pounds or less.
English Cream Dachshund Health
The Dachshund breed is fairly healthy in general, not prone to excessive health problems or concerning genetic conditions. The average lifespan of an English cream Dachshund is around 12–16 years, but some examples of the breed live even longer. The biggest concern for English cream Dachshunds is their unique skeletal structure. Thanks to their long backs and short legs, some Dachshunds may be prone to injury, and should not be encouraged to make jumps on or off furniture or other structures. The few key health problems to look out for with your English cream mini Dachshund include:
- Spinal injury
- Degenerative disc disease
- Patellar luxation
- Elbow dysplasia
- Ear infections
Where To Find an English Cream Dachshund for Sale
When buying a “rare” or highly sought-after variety of dog, it’s very important to do your due diligence and do as much research as possible. Reputable, ethical breeders exist and are wonderful, but there are also unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills who will do their best to convince you they are legit. To start your search for a purebred English cream Dachshund, we recommend checking out the American Kennel Club’s breeder marketplace where you can connect with reputable breeders from around the country.
Adoption or rescue are also fantastic ways to find your new canine bestie, and there are plenty of Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes currently looking for homes. Here are a few resources for Dachshund rescue to get you started:
List of Dachshund rescues in USA
- Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles
- Dachshund Rescue of San Diego
- Dachshund Rescue of Northern California
- Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc.
- Dachshund Adoption Rescue & Education (DARE)
- Dachshund Rescue South Florida
- Skyway Dachshund Rescue
- Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of Florida
- Little Paws Dachshund Rescue – Based in Fruitland, MD
- Doxie By Proxy Rescue
- Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc. – Located in Columbia, SC but also serves NC
- Chapman’s Dachshund Rescue – Based in York
- Little Paws Dachshund Rescue – Based in West Columbia
- Dachshund Rescues in South Carolina
More Dachshund rescues here
English Cream Dachshund FAQ
There’s plenty more to learn about the English cream Dachshund, especially if you think you want to bring one into your life! We’ve covered the basics with broad strokes, but we know there are also some specific questions to be answered by dog lovers just like you.
Do English cream Dachshunds shed?
Yes. Dachshunds (both smooth-coat and long-haired) are considered moderate shedders. They shed year-round and benefit from occasional brushing to catch loose fur. Because all English creams are long-haired Dachshunds they do require additional grooming and care to prevent matting and to keep them clean.
Are English cream Dachshunds hypoallergenic?
No. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic, and all dog breeds carry approximately the same amount of allergen. Some dogs are low-shedders, which makes them slightly less likely to drop dander. However, dander is not the only way to be exposed to canine allergens. Saliva and urine also carry canine allergen components, so no matter what dog breed you own, you can’t avoid that they will still be 100% dog.
How much do English cream Dachshunds cost?
Because of their “exclusive” genetic lineage, English cream Dachshunds may be more sought after than American cream or just “cream” varieties of the breed. So, how much is an English cream Dachshund worth, exactly? If you buy an English cream Dachshund puppy from a breeder, you’ll pay around $4,000–$6,000.
While this may sound expensive, if you have done your due diligence to find a reputable, ethical Dachshund breeder whose puppies meet breed standards thanks to vigorous genetic testing, this price is absolutely justified.
But how much are English cream Dachshunds if you manage to adopt one? It’s unlikely you’ll find an English cream Dachshund at a rescue or shelter, it’s not impossible. Most rescues ask for around $150–$400 for small breeds like Dachshunds. Remember that this money goes right back to the rescue organization to help more dogs find their potential owners.
Are English cream Dachshunds good with children?
Sometimes. Reviews are mixed when it comes to Dachshunds and small children. Dachshunds can be stubborn, defensive, and reactive, and don’t enjoy being handled or grabbed at—these brave little dogs require autonomy and respect. Young children aren’t always developmentally ready to be gentle and respectful with dogs, and Dachshunds may not be patient with their need to learn.
On the other hand, Dachshunds can be very playful and affectionate, and some examples of the breed absolutely adore children. Ultimately, it comes down to socialization and individual personality.
Do English cream Dachshunds bark a lot?
Yes. Dachshunds are hounds bred to chase down small game animals, and part of that job involves barking to alert their humans. Dachshunds are well known to be vocal, and will always tell you when the mail has arrived, someone is walking by, or they’re in the mood for some attention.
Are English cream Dachshunds easy to train?
Sort of. If you understand hounds, have experience with dogs, and are able to put in plenty of time and patience, Dachshunds are very trainable. These little dogs are super intelligent, but they are also prone to independence which may make them a little uninterested in what you have to say. Typically very food-motivated, high-value treats are a great tool for training Doxies.
What is the difference between an American cream and a true English cream Dachshund?
True English cream Dachshunds come from a specific genetic line of cream Dachshunds bred in England. These Dachshunds were specifically bred for their coat color and are not a dilute of red, which is what distinguishes them from American creams. Cream Dachshunds bred in the United States are sometimes born a deeper shade of red which fades or “dilutes” into a cream. Though the end result looks very similar, these two factions of cream Dachshunds are considered distinctly different from one another by discerning fans of the breed.
Is an English cream Dachshund rare?
Sort of. True English cream Dachshunds come from one line of Dachshunds bred in England, but the color cream is known and standard within the Dachshund world. English cream is considered rare because it is not a dilute red, which is where most other cream Dachshunds get their coat color.
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