What Color is that Australian Labradoodle??
OMG…. That is such a pretty dog!!! What color is it?? We will address what kind of dog later. One thing at a time;) Attached is a quick guide to the different coat/fur and pigment colors as well as patterns of the Australian Labradoodle. Please note these are the most common. There are many other variations in coat color but there are only 2 pigment colors for the nose, eye rims, and paw pads. It’s that simple. You either have Black or Liver pigment. The liver pigment can also be called Brown or Chocolate. The pigment is the determining factor between a Caramel dog and a Red dog with the same coat color. The easiest way to determine the color of a dog is to look at its nose. Is it Black or is it Liver, Brown, or Chocolate? It is very common for a dog that looks to be red based on its fur to be called a red dog, but in fact, it is a caramel because it has a Liver or Brown nose. If the dog has a Black nose then it would be a Red, Apricot, or Cream if the dog has a Liver, Brown, or Chocolate nose then it’s a shade of Caramel. The Caramel shades can vary from very dark to light, just like the Red, Apricot, and Cream dog but it’s still Caramel.
If this is confusing you are not alone;) Many times people get coat colors and patterns confused. Just remember that the coat color meaning the fur/hair is not the determining fact in the actual color of the dog. The nose is!! Who knew the nose was so important?!? This can be very confusing to the novice breeder or pet owner. One of the most common mistakes is the example given above for the Red vs. Caramel dog. As a breeder understanding the genetics not only for health but also for what outcome you will get for each mating is extremely important in what we do. More on that later. Let’s just start with the visual basics.
The ALD guide attached has pictures with examples of each of the most common colors and patterns. This is meant as a quick basic guide to getting your feet wet or pointed in the right direction on what color is that dog! 😉 This is not only fun to know as a pet owner but important to understand if you are looking for a potential FUR baby to add to your home. Education is key. Do your homework and be patient. It matters!!!
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