~ The rare colors and markings in the Rat Terrier ~
Blue
The blue is a steel grey color with a blue nose. If the dog has tan it is called a blue and tan or blue tri. Often have blue-grey eyes. The blue color is a black dog with a resesive dilution gene.
Rat Terrier Colors and Markings
~ The rare colors and markings in the Rat Terrier ~
Lemon
The lemon is a apricot to yellow color and are usually white when born. The Lemon color is caused by a resesive gene that blocks other colors from developing.
~ The tradtional colors and markings in the Rat Terrier ~
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Blue fawn
The blue fawn is a light tan with blue tiped hair and a blue nose. A blue fawn is a red, or red sable dog with the resesive blue dilution gene.
Chocolate Sable
The chocolate sable is a carmel-orange color and may have choc. tipped hair. They have chocolate noses. The chocolate sable is a red or red sable dog with the resesive chocolate gene.
~ The tradtional colors and markings in the Rat Terrier ~
Chocolate
The chocolate is a liver color with a choc. nose, and usually have green, hazel, or amber colored eyes. If the dog has tan it is called a chocolate and tan or a chocolate tri. In genetics, a "chocolate" would technicly be called a "brown", but we will call it a chocolate to avoid confusion with the other colors. The chocolate color is caused by a resesive gene.
"Misty Blue" as a baby
Pearl
The pearl is a lavender color with a lavender nose, and hazel-green eyes. If the dog has tan, it is called a pearl and tan or a pearl tri. A pearl is a choclate dog with the resesive blue dilution gene.
Bi Color
The Bi color is a black and white or choc. and white, etc. but with no copper points. In other words just 2 colors.
Black Tri
The black tri is black and white with copper points and a black nose. The black gene is dominate over chocolate.
Red Headed Calico
The calico can be black, chocolate, or blue, with a red head.
Red or Tan
The red is a red to tan color with a black nose.
Merle
There are different colors of merle, the merle pattern shows up as different shades of the base color in splotches.
Merles can also have blue eyes.
Below are some examples.
Choc Merle
Chocolate Merle
The chocolate merle is a chocolate dog with the merle pattern. This color is called a "red merle" in other breeds.
Blue Merle
The blue merle is technicly a black dog with the merle pattern, so a more apropriate name would be a "black merle".
Pearl Merle
The pearl merle is a pearl dog with the merle pattern.
Red Sable
The sable is an red to tan color with black tipped hair and a black nose.
Black Calico
Blue Calico
Chocolate Calico
True Blue Merle
The true blue merle is a blue dog with the merle pattern.
Red or Sable Merle
The red merle is a red or red sable dog with the merle pattern. This merle color can be hard to see because the merle pattern doesn't effect the red color, only the black tips of the hair.
Dilute Chocolate Sable or Lilac
This is a color that is often over-looked because most people simply dismiss it as a blue fawn. A lilac is a rich carmel color with pearl or lavender tipped hair and a pearl or lavender nose. The lilac is a choclate sable dog with the resesive blue dilution gene.
~ Coat Patterns ~
Piebald
Basically a spotted dag. White with any rat terrier color.
Blanket Back
The color covers the back of the dog. White with any rat terrier color.
Tuxedo
Solid color with a white chest and paws. Any rat terrier color.
Solid
Solid color with very little white to no white. If the dog has tan it is called a "_____ and tan", ex. "black and tan".
White
Solid white with out any color.