English cream dachshunds appear as a result of the presence and expression of the chinchilla gene. This is one of the common color genes found in dachshunds and is responsible for the blonde coat appearance of this color variant.
The gene itself is recessive which means that two copies, one from each parent, are needed for it to manifest.
The gene results in a lack of pigmentation. It mainly affects red coat bases on dachshunds and spares black and brown-haired doxies, and the result is the signature cream coat.
Occasionally, the dog may have dark bands at the tips of their fur. This usually happens on the fur around the head.
One of the main clues that you are dealing with an English cream dachshund is the fact that they are always born dark colored. They may appear black, brown or red but in real sense they are all red-haired. Over time, they lose pigmentation with new fur growing out as cream and not red. The tips may retain their darker colors.
Another distinguishing feature about this dog is the long and smooth coat that they all have. This is unlike regular doxies which have a variety of coat textures and lengths including long and wiry as well as short and fine.
Other than the coat color and texture, the English cream dachshund is more or less the same as any other doxie. They have the same sausage dog silhouette with the long body and short legs.
However, it is not uncommon to find them smaller than regular doxies. Their average weight is 14 pounds which is lower than the 16 to 30-pound range of other dachshunds.