Black & Tan

The most widely seen colour in the breed – but with varying amounts of tan, and intensity of tan

Photos of same dog as a puppy and an adult

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Photos of same bitch as a puppy and an adult

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Tricolor and B&W with the Irish Spotting pattern

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Wolf Sable

Dominant to Black & Tan and therefore it requires at least one parent to be Wolf Sable to be seen in a litter

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Solid Black (or Black & White)

A recessive colour in our breed, so can be born to non solid black parents. Sometimes they are really B&T but tan points are small or hidden by white pattern, giving the striking B&W dogs.

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Brown & Tan

Both parents must carry at least one brown gene for a litter to include brown pups, recessive to black

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Red Sable

Amount of black tipping in hair can vary to overlay on shoulders and back to just a few hairs – giving appearance of red coat only.

Cream/Cream Sable

The black pigment is affected by two copies of an e series gene converting the black pigment to yellow (as with yellow labs), this means cream puppies can appear to black/B&T parents

Spectacles

Unusual feature to our breed, where hair colour around eye rims is paler giving appearance of spectacles, more noticeable in darker wolf sable or solid black dogs.

Blue/Blue & Tan

Recessive colour caused by the effect of two copies of dilution gene on the black colouring giving a blue effect where black would have been expected. (Not seen in UK as yet)