Four Unique Coat Colors

Certain dog breeds have have some pretty beautiful coat patterns, some can make them instantly recognizable, while others can make certain dog breeds look entirely new. Here are four unique dog coat colors.


Merle

Merle coats, like those found in Australian Shepherds, Catahoula Leopard Dogs, and Carea Leonés, are beautiful multi-colored coats that typically come in one of two colors. Red merles feature a red, white, and tan coat, while blue merles feature a blue/grey, white and tan coat.



Brindle

Brindle coats, like those found in Dutch Shepherds, Greyhounds, and French Bulldogs, feature bold red striping over a black base coat. The brindle coat is a recessive gene but can be expressed differently given the dog’s genetic makeup.



Harlequin

Like the merle pattern, harlequin coats are really a sight to see. They feature a white base with splashes of gray to black coloring. Harlequin is an exceptionally rare coat color, being found in only two distinct breeds; The Great Dane & The Beauceron.



Ticked/Spotted

Ticked or Spotted coats, like those found in Dalmatians, German Shorthair Pointers, and Australian Cattle Dogs, is a spotted pattern that is usually present over a white base coat. The number and density of spots can vary greatly depending on how this gene is expressed.



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