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Jones Updated The rainbow of Shih Tzu Coat Colors is a fascination for most Shih Tzu owners, and once buyers realize they have so many choices, that fascination often le to an obsession. Some breeders will specialize on certain colors while others try to create a wide variety of colors.
When a person first looks or think about a Shih Tzu dog or puppy, they see the gorgeous coats of many colors characteristic of Shih Tzu Show Dogs. Unlike some breeds that are typically one color or a variety of a few colors, the Shih Tzu come in an amazing array of rich colors. But with such a rich variety of Shih Tzu Colors, color combinations and markings comes a great deal of confusion.
To make it even more confusing, a Shih Tzu's colors can change over time. In this article about colors of Shih Tzu dogs, I will try to explain the many variations of colors that are Shih tzu black and white puppies in the breed today and help you decide on your perfect Shih Tzu color. BUT, please note that the color of the Shih Tzu does not make the dog! When purchasing a dog, look for healthpersonality and temperament. Shih Tzu puppies can be born with a solid color hair, a combination of two colors, or a mixture of three colors. To complicate matters worse, Shih Tzu dogs can be registered with the American Kennel Club, AKC based on the pigment of their skin rather than the color of their coat!
Well, the short answer is yes and no. If a puppy is going to be registered with the American Kennel Club, the breeder has a choice of eight solid colors, seven varieties of two color combinations, four combinations of three or more colors and a variety of different types of markings that occur with the combinations listed above. As you search for a specific color you are going to encounter breeders that have many different names for colors that are not recognized by major kennel clubs. Whether breeders use these colors as a way to describe the color in layman's terms or to justify highly inflated prices for unusual colors is still a debate in my mind.
If you see colors such as:. These are not standard colors. All of these colors would be labeled liver if your puppy was registered with the AKC. Black is the most dominant color and a true black Shih Tzu will have no other hair color.
Even if there is a small trace of another color, the dog will then be considered to have a combination of two colors. All Shih Tzu dogs that have black hair will also have black noses. You will never see a Shih Tzu that is all black with a brown nose. It does not exist. I've seen rumors circulating on the internet that Shih Tzu dogs that are black do not occur and that the puppy must be a hybrid. That is not true. There are completely black puppies just very rare. A White coat is similar to black in that it only has one color with no traces of any other colors.
The nose is black unless the dog is considered to be liver and then the dog will have a brown nose and be liver color. The American Kennel Club makes it a bit difficult for breeders whose puppies and dogs are not a pure white but rather more cream than a white.
There is no option to describe a Shih Tzu as cream, so white is usually notated on the official paperwork. A Shih tzu black and white puppies color coat tends to look white with a deep shine resembling silver. It is not grey, but rather a shiny, silky color. The dog will have black lips, p, eye rims and a black nose. Red i s a solid color that looks deep, dark, orange. The dog's nose and other points eye rims, p, lips and nose will be black.
Gold solid resembles a tan-yellow, but there are a wide range of shades from a light tan to a deep gold. Even though the two Gold Shih Tzu dogs above are daughter and mom, you can see the difference in the color shades with Lilah left looking more reddish. Brindle is really a combination with one color and a streaking of another color running throughout such as a gold-black brindle. Toby, below is an example of a red- brindle Shih Tzu coat color.
Brindle is really not a color but a pattern that consists of stripes of golds, tans, browns, grays or blacks. Brindle coats all look different because in some dogs, the stripes are thicker or wider whereas in some coats the stripes appear to be very narrow. If the brindle includes liver or blue, the dog will be considered liver or blue. A true brindle deation will have black points meaning black eye rims, mouth, and paw p. What appears to be a brindle coat when the puppy is very young can turn into something else as he matures.
The picture below of Toby is when he was about one-year-old. He had a beautiful red brindle coat. The picture of him at six years old looks very different. He is still brindle but has lost much of the red and the brindling is less obvious. Shih tzu black and white puppies occurs as a complex reaction to several genes found at different locations loci on the gene. Here are three different liver colored dogs but look different because they are called liver due to the brown pigment on their noseeye rims, foot p.
Liver colored dogs lack the black pigmentation of the skin. Their noses, p on their feet and lips will be brown, but their hair may have other coloring, from very light to deep chocolate and everything in between. Livers can range from light red, orange, and cream coloration to deep chocolate.
So, you could have a white-liver, a cream colored-liver, a red-liver, or a chocolate liver. Some Shih Tzu dogs may also have green eyes with this coloring, but not always. The liver color comes from a recessive gene and for it to show up in a puppy, both mother and father must carry the gene.
Taco here from Dogwood Country Shih Tzu, has a stunning red color with just a bit of white on his chest. But look at his nose. Technically, the American Kennel Club will describe him as a liver, even though he has that distinct red color that often looks more orange than red. Gus was a solid dark brown. At one Shih tzu black and white puppies back turned what I am told a mocha. His face, legs and feet are brown. Blue i s another confusing color. A true blue Shih Tzu will have a blue nose, but can have other colors of hair. The color looks more charcoal and is often difficult to see except in natural light.
Sunlight is the best way to observe this rare color.
So, if you are contemplating the purchase of a true blue colored Shih Tzu, it is best to visit the breeder personally rather than depend on a photo on the Internet. Blue is considered to be a dilute from a genetics point of view. A dilution occurs when the pigment either black or brown has been affected by an additional dilution gene. When this occurs pigment is clumped differently and distributed irregularly.
If the pigment is black, then the dilution will result in the blue color. If the pigment is brown, the color that is produced is a silvery color called isabella or lilac. You will hear Shih Tzu breeders call this color, "lavender.
This dilution gene only affects the pigment of the nose, eye rims and other points. It has no effect on the coat color. There are seven varieties of colors that contain two combinations, a white with another color:. Another Shih Tzu Coat Colors combination of two colors includes dogs with red and gold coloration but this combination does not appear on the official AKC Registration paperwork, even though it exists.
When there are two combinations, the color patterns can have endless possibilities. No two Shih Tzu with two colors will ever look alike. Symmetry in color combinations is highly desirable, but not necessary. Here is a red and white Shih tzu black and white puppies Tzu.
The red looks orange to the eye but should not be confused with the lighter colored golds. A deation of black and white includes all dogs with black and white markings. A term that you may see come up from time to time is piebald. The white that appears on a black and white dog is determined by the gene on the S locus.
White spotting or white areas are basically the same and can occur on any color including black.Shih tzu black and white puppies
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