Information on English Creams and American Creams

The Chinchilla Dilution ("C") gene series is responsible for true English cream. It effects the base coat color RED, and it effects TAN POINTS. It does NOT effect BLACK and CHOCOLATE pigment. This is why English cream dachshunds can have BLACK overlay. The RED base coat is diluted to the cream color, but the black overlay is unaffected. This is also why black & cream dachshunds have CREAM POINTS. The TAN POINTS are diluted to the cream color, but the black base coat is unaffected. 
**The only exception to this are those born with an additional recessive e gene (also known as a clear cream or ee-cream, or chinchilla variation) that prevents any dark colored hairs from showing through on their coat. The puppy is born a light cream color and remains that way.  see pictures below

The Blue Dilution gene series ("D") is responsible for American cream, blue & tan, and isabella & tan. It effects the base coat colors RED, BLACK, and CHOCOLATE. It does NOT effect TAN POINTS. This is why American cream dachshunds CANNOT have BLACK overlay. The RED base coat is diluted to the cream color, and any black overlay is diluted to a BLUE color. This is also why blue & tan dachshunds have TAN POINTS. The TAN POINTS are NOT effected, but the black base coat is diluted to a BLUE color.

True ENGLISH Cream is the result of a dominant red (ayay -or- ayat) or recessive red (atat ee) dachshund with two alleles for CHINCHILLA DILUTION (cchcch). In the case of dominant red dachshunds, true English cream puppies are born very DARK in color. They look solid black when they are newborns. Over the course of the first 6 or 8 weeks, the true cream color emerges from the undercoat, slowly overtaking the initial black coat. The older the puppies get, the LIGHTER in color they become. Some may lose almost all of their black overlay, and are accurately called "English cream". Others may retain a great deal of their black overlay, and are often called "shaded English cream". In the case of the recessive red dachshunds, true English cream puppies are born very LIGHT in color. They are a beautiful golden buff color. The lack of a black overlay is caused by the recessive red alleles (ee), which prevent any black pigment from showing in the dachshund's coat. The older the puppies get, the LIGHTER in color they become. These solid golden buff dachshunds are called "ee English cream". All true English cream dachshunds are *longhaired, *Update: There is now more smooth coat English cream popping up as a result of breeding the American lines in to the English cream line, as a result smooth creams are becoming available, but remember it still takes to chinchilla genes to produce a true English cream, researching the pedigree is the best way to insure you are getting an English cream and not a dilute red which will turn red with age).  A true cream dachshund can range anywhere in color from golden to a yellowish white.  They will always have black noses.  They can have black or self colored nails and should have a black "eye liner" around the eyes.  The majority of creams are of English decent hence the term English Cream Dachshund.  English Cream Dachshunds trace back to British imports which can be viewed on their pedigrees.  Cream is a recessive gene and both parents must be cream or carry the cream gene or factor to produce cream pups.  
In stark contrast, AMERICAN cream is the result of a dominant red (ayay -or- ayat) or recessive red (atat ee) dachshund with two alleles for BLUE DILUTION (dd). In the case of dominant red or recessive red dachshunds, American cream puppies are born very LIGHT in color. They can look almost solid white when they are newborns. Over the course of the first 6 or 8 weeks, their color DARKENS, slowly becoming more and more red. The older the puppies get, the DARKER in color they become. By 12 months of age, these dachshunds are some obvious shade of red. If they retain any of their overlay, it will be blue in color. Their noses and nails are blue. These dachshunds are accurately called "dilute red", and should be registered as RED.

Prior to the initial import of true longhaired English cream dachshunds from the United Kingdom in the mid-80's, the "American cream" dachshunds we see today were accurately called "dilute red". It was only after the Dachshund Club of America and the American Kennel Club began to allow "cream" as a registered color (intended for the true English creams) that some U.S. breeders began to call their "dilute red" puppies by another color... "cream". For some, it may have been ignorance of the breed standard colors and genetics. For others, money was surely a motive, considering the novelty and healthy price tag placed on the new English cream puppies now being bred in the United States. Whatever the reasoning behind the change from "dilute red" to "cream", it was wrong then, and it is wrong now.

The true English cream dachshunds being bred in the United States today can all be traced back within 5 generations to United Kingdom (UK) ancestry. If you do not see a UK registered "cream" in 5 generations, the dog is likely NOT a true English cream. There are dachshunds of Japanese ancestry, or African ancestry, which are registered as "cream". You should seriously research the pedigrees of these dogs. The UK ancestry might go back beyond the 5th generation, but it will still be there if they are true English cream. If you see a lot of "blue & tan" or "isabella & tan" along with the "cream" in a dachshund's pedigree, it is likely NOT a true English cream, but again you must research the pedigree because there is now becoming more and more American lines being bred into the English Cream lines, and is possible to find blue and isabella in the English Cream pedigree, but the rule of thumb is to remember it takes two alleles for CHINCHILLA DILUTION (cchcch) to make a True English Cream.
Before we got into the creams we wanted to make sure we could be knowledgeable and informed before we started to breed for them, we did a lot of research, talked to a lot of cream breeders, below is what we have learned so far, but we are however still learning, of all the Dachshund colors the "True English Creams" have the most interesting genetics.  We have also found that they are more laid back, loving, and docile.  If you are looking for a True English cream, we hope to help you, if we do not have one, I know several breeders that I trust and I would be glad to send you their way, send me an email and I will get you in touch with them.
Although in the beginning the information above WAS true, some of this information has become obsolete, reason being is that more and more american lines are being bred into these English cream lines, therefore,  It is now also true that the long-haired creams are no longer the only coat type to be a true english cream, more and more smooth coats are now sporting this beautiful color.  The imported 100% true english creams are becoming harder and harder to find, but that doesn't mean the others are not true english creams, the rule of thumb is to remember the "chinchilla gene rule" it still must be present in both the sire and dam lines to produce a true english cream, regardless of coat type, this also stands true for Choc/cream and blk/cream if there isn't two alleles of the chinchilla gene then it likely isn't a true english cream.  Don't pay high prices for what is not a true english cream, One must keep in mind that looking for UK registration on a paper pedigree to prove english cream, no longer means true english creams, reason being is these lines have been bred over many generations, and everytime a puppy is born, and that puppy has puppies, and so on, and on, and on, the UK lines will have moved way off the the paper pedigree, so when you research a pedigree, you may have to go back as far as 20 years to find it.   
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This picture is two different litters, born two day's apart
The following is examples of the difference between ee-creams (aka clear creams) and ee-reds (aka clear reds) these red puppies are also very wrongly known as american creams, which these pictures prove they will not stay cream or be creams, ever!!!
This picture is same puppies at two weeks old, notice the ear's on the ee-reds are turning red,
where the creams are staying cream colored.
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This picture is the same puppies at four weeks old,
notice the ear's AND body on the ee-reds are turning red, the creams are staying cream
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Notice that over the coarse of 6 weeks you can see the ee-cream stay's cream colored.  
Notice that over the coarse of 6 weeks you can see the ee-red get's redder and redder over time.    
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one would think they are all cream right? wrong.
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