Dog Coat Patterns
Although there are a wide variety of dog colors, the patterns give us an even broader range of colors & combinations. Some patterns are breed-specific, while others can be found across many breeds.
The genetics of color is beyond us, but here are some of the basic patterns those genes produce with real examples.
A white base coat with tiny spots over most of the body giving the impression of blue, yellow or orange colors.
A coat with two colors.
Refers to the red and white coloring of certain spaniel breeds.
Marbled blue, grey & black.
A lighter background with a fine and fairly even mix of black stripes.
Mottled markings of several different colors.
Large black or blue splotches on a white background coat.
White base coat with tan and/ or black patches on the head, back, legs & tail.
A white base coat with a second color blanketing the body, & part of the neck, head, tail & legs.
A fairly even mixture of black and white hairs which give a salt and pepper look to the coat.
An even mixture of colored & white hairs
A light background coat (usually gold, silver or tan) with black tips – often accompanied by a black mask.
A coat with three distinct colors.
Black dog with white pattern on chest, chin and feet resembling a tuxedo and spats. Most commonly found in the Boston Terrier.
Markings similar to those of Rottweilers or Dobermans, with a different color on the legs, eyebrows, beard & mustache, inside of ears and under tail.
Has a white foundation coat with spots or patches of another color. They can be found in a variety of different colors.
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