Sable

Sable

Sable is used in describing a dog’s hair that is tipped in black. The rest of the hair will be a different color and often is shades of brown, silver, or gray.

Merle

Merle

Merle is a mottled pattern of different colors. Some of the most common merle patterns include black (blue merle) and liver (red merle). Breeding of two merle dogs can be problematic because of the risk of genetic health risks for the puppies. The possibility of blindness and deafness is higher for puppies who have two…

Piebald

Piebald

Piebald is a pattern of white spots on a background of different colored hair. For example, a piebald black and white dog is a black dog with white spots. Some piebald dogs will have white with more than one other background color. Several dog breeds including the Beagle are frequently piebald.

Brindle

Brindle

A coat color in animals that is generally brownish or tawny with streaks of other colors usually black. Dog breeds that sometimes are brindle include Akita, Boxer, Bulldogs, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Great Dane, Mastiff, and others.