Forest Trees

Rat Terrier Colors and Markings

The tradational colors and markings in the Rat Terrier.

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Black Tri

The black tri is black and white with copper points and a black nose. The
black gene is dominate over chocolate.

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Red Sable

The sable is an red to tan color with black tipped hair and a black nose.

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Blue Calico

Red Headed Calico. The calico can be black, chocolate, or blue, with a red head.

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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 recessive dilution gene.

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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 caramel color with pearl or lavender tipped hair and a pearl or lavender nose. The lilac is a chocolate sable dog with the recessive blue dilution gene.

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Blue Merle

The blue merle is technically a black
dog with the merle pattern, so a more appropriate name would be a "black merle."

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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.

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Tuxedo Coat Pattern

Solid color with a white chest and paws. Any rat terrier color.

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Bi Color

The Bi color is a black and white or chocolate and white, etc. but with no copper points. In other words just 2 colors.

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Black Calico

Red Headed Calico. The calico can be black, chocolate, or blue, with a red head.

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Chocolate

The chocolate is a liver color with a chocolate 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 technically 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 recessive gene.

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Blue Fawn

The blue fawn is a light tan with blue tipped hair
and a blue nose. A blue fawn is a red, or red
sable dog with the recessive blue dilution gene.

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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.

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Pearl Merle

The pearl merle is a pearl dog with the merle pattern.

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Piebald Coat Pattern

Basically a spotted dog. White with any rat terrier color.

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Solid Coat Pattern

Solid color with very little white to no white. If the dog has tan it is called a
"_____ and tan," ex."black and tan."

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Red or Tan

The red is a red to tan color
with a black nose.

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Chocolate Calico

Red Headed Calico. The calico can be black, chocolate, or blue, with a red head.

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Chocolate Sable

The chocolate sable is a caramel-orange color and
may have chocolate tipped hair. They have chocolate
noses. The chocolate sable is a red or red sable dog
with the recessive chocolate gene.

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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 recessive blue dilution gene.

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Chocolate 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.

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True Blue Merle

The true blue merle is a blue dog with the merle pattern.

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Blanket Black Coat Pattern

The color covers the back of the dog. White with any rat terrier color.

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White Coat Pattern

Solid white with out any color.