Adapted from the "Descriptive Color and Marking Code" of the AMCA.

The images below are for general coat color comparison only.
Actual colors, hues, shadings, and patterns will vary by individual dog.
Click on the color name for a photographic example of that color.

Black and White
Black guard hair with black or 
dark grey undercoat.
(Alaskan) Seal and White
Black or black tipped guard hairs with white or cream undercoat.
Dog appears black at a distance,
but is not a true black because of the light undercoat.

Gray and White
Gray guard hairs with a light gray, cream, or white undercoat. No red factor is evident. Dog definitely appears gray, even though there may be some black hairs on the topline.

Red and White
A definite shade of red, either light or dark; with light points (lip line and nose), and eye color.
No black factor evident.

Sable and White
Black or gray guard hairs with a reddish undercoat and red trimmings. 
Both black and red factors evident.

Silver & White
Light gray guard hair with white undercoat.
All White
Both guard hairs and undercoat are white. Often evidence of a mask in cream color. Only solid color allowed.


Shadings of gold, cream, buff, brown or reddish hues often found on legs, ears, tail and face between white areas of the underbody and the dark color above.

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