This breed comes in such a wide variety of colours so we have created a page for all of these colours.
This colour is true black and she also has almost black eyes. You know the colour is true black because there is no other colour present other than black- no tan tips or any other shading is present.
This colour is clear red. Each hair is one solid colour. The eyes should be as dark brown as possible. The masking is black and the nose is black as well as all pigment is heavy and black.
This colour is a true fawn dog. this colour has heavy black pigment throughout the face and lips and nose- even all throughout the body and ears but not a mask. The body coat is a true fawn all the way through with heavy black pigment underneath.
This is a basic brindle with red/fawn shading. this is listed as just brindle because the colour is even throughout and does not seem to be a red brindle, fawn brindle or black brindle but just basic brindle.
This colour has a fawn base coat with brown stripes. The pigment is very dark and can either be dark dark brown or black.
This is black brindle. This has a black base coat with the slight red/fawn brindling. There is heavy black on the body with the stripes not so heavy throughout.
This is a vibrant red brindle. The base coat is red and the brindling is black and sometimes can appear brownish.
This is a vibrant mahogany brindle. Note the difference between the mahogany and the red brindle is not much!! The mahogany brindle is just darker and usually the brindling is brownish instead of black.
There are a few shades of Blue Brindle. The base coat is actually a fawn and brindling is a medium shade of blue. Blue brindle have blue noses. The eyes should not be light on blue brindles but it does happen....no matter what colour these dogs come in, the eyes should be DARK (brown!).
This is the colour Blue. This colour can be from very light to so very dark it almost appears black. Blue dogs have Blue noses and eyes should be dark brown.
This colour is Blue Fawn. Blue Fawn has a red/fawn base coat with blueish tone to it and a blue nose. Some blue/fawns have such a light blue overlay and such a dark blue nose that it's hard to tell if they whether they are red or blue/fawn.
This is a seal coloured dog. The colour actually looks like a chocolate in this pic. The colour of seal can range from seeming black all the way to a chocolate shade. Some think of this as a black but it's not a true black. It has tan tipping throughout the coat or around the neck or shoulders. If the dog seems black but out in the sunlight has some sort of tan anywhere or seems 'faded'.. then it's a SEAL. The tips or lighter shading will be seen on the sides, around the shoulders and sometimes in the loin.
SMUT or SABLE
This is what many people call a smut or sable. The base coat is fawn but she has a heavy black overlay that creates a heart-shaped pattern on the face. It is not the same as a tri-colour or tan point. Sometimes the overlay will be heavier and sometimes it will be very light. The overlay can also appear as a darker red over the fawn or in blues as a darker blue/fawn overlay. This is essentially just a buckskin with a very heavy overlay.
BLACK & TAN POINT (Also called Tri-Colour)
This is what a lot of people call tri colour which is the same thing as or really should be called Black and Tan Point. The tan point coloured dogs have a set pattern that is the same as one would see on a Rottweiler, Doberman or Manchester Terrier.
BLUE & TAN POINT (Also called Tri-Colour)
This is another variation of the "tri-colour". You will hear this also called a blue-tri. The points will be on the cheeks, dots over the eyes, inside of ears, somewhere on the chest, and on the bottom half of the legs and under the tail.
BLACK with BRINDLE POINTS
This coat has a black base with brindling on fronts of legs, cheeks, fronts of back legs and has a black nose. The markings are just like as if he were a tan point but the points are brindle. This pattern can also come as a blue with brindle points.
This colour is a definite white. Not much to explain there! They can have black pigment or blue pigment.