Black: Black is easy it’s simply Black. Most Black’s do tend to fade into different shades of Black but, they are still Black. Black will not have peppered hair on the body anywhere. All Blacks will have black noses and pads.
Black N Silver: Black N Silver’s have a body color of Black with Silver eyebrows, Silver beard, Silver on all 4 legs from the knees down, Silver bar on the chest and Silver under the tail. Some Black N Silvers can have smuttiness in their silver points. All Black N Silver will have Black noses and pads. They will not have peppered hair on them at all.
Liver N Tan: Liver N Tan is the color of a Chocolate on the body with Tan eyebrows, Tan beard, Tan from the knees down, Tan bar on the chest and Tan under the tail. Some Liver N Tans can have smuttiness in their tan points. All Liver N Tans will have Chocolate noses and pads. They will not have peppered hair on them at all.
Salt N Pepper: Salt N Pepper’s are banded shades of gray on the body with Silver markings in the eyebrows, beard, from the knees down, bar on the chest and under the tail. Shades of your peppering can vary. Some Salt N Pepper’s can have smuttiness in their points. All Salt N Pepper will have Black noses and pads. Often light salt n peppers are called silvers, but they are still a salt n pepper.
Liver Pepper: Liver Pepper is banded shades of Chocolate with lighter Tan points on the eyebrows, breard from the knees down and under the tail. Shades of your peppering can vary. Some Liver Pepper’s can have smuttiness in their points. All Liver Pepper’s will have Chocolate noses and pads.
White: White is also very simple, the entire dog must be pure White. They are born pure White. They are also born with pink noses and pads. With a few days they will spot over and turn Black. All White’s have Black noses and pads.
White Chocolate: White Chocolate’s must be pure White. They are born pure White. They are also born with pink noses and pads. With a few days they will spot over and turn Brown. All White Chocolates have Brown noses and pads.
Cream: Creams can be born in a variety of shades and either black nosed or brown nosed. They usually fade out to look white at a young age.
Red: Reds can be from dark Red (entire dog is dark Red) to Apricot (dark roots that lighten to the end) to light red (which looks peach). They come in Black and Brown base coats.
Liver: Liver’s have the body color of Chocolate. The shades can very, but the entire body will be one color. Liver’s tend to fade as they age. All Liver’s will have Chocolate noses and pads. They will not have peppered hair on them at all.
Merle Gene: The Merle gene lightens the base coat of any color that the dog already is, so it can be a combination of any colors above.
Parti Gene: Parti can be a combination of any color above with White that goes over the top line of the dog. Usually they will have mostly White legs too. Eye and nose color will follow suite of the dogs base color. Parti also comes in White Parti, it’s more difficult because the fur will be all white, but the skin will be the base coat color.
Ticking Gene: A baby who will be ticked will look like a typical parti when born, but within a few days the white areas will start the mottle over at the base of the hair and the skin. In real short time the roots and skin will be the base coat color. Giving the puppy a look of dark roots and frosted length of hair. You will know within a few day of birth what babies in a litter will be ticked and by a few wks old all the ticking effect will happen and be complete. Now dogs with spotting may or may not show them at birth, usually most of these come in the 1st yr of life. Those are big spots that do not take over the white and the spots are one color root to tip. Spotting is much different then ticking. Both are part of the t gene. If your dog has 2 t’s (t/t) you get a full ticked dog. The spotted dogs would be T/t.
Sable Gene: Info coming
Dilution Gene: Info coming