2014-05-21 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

This week’s “Pets” will provide a Pooch Palette- a glossary of the terms used to describe distinct colors and patterns of specific breeds of dogs. Since brain games are good for all of us, it will also be an exercise in mental visualization. Newspapers are black & white so you will have to picture the shade in your mind. Here are the canine color swatches, courtesy of the American Kennel Club (AKC):

•Agouti- Used to describe certain Siberian Huskies, this color is the alternating bands of light and dark along each hair in the coat

•Apricot- Used to describe Afghans, Pugs, Mastiffs and Poodles, this color is a dull, medium-saturated orange (like the fruit of the same name).

•Belge (as in “Belgian”)- Used to describe Brussels Griffon, this color is black and reddish-brown mixed.

•Belton- A color pattern in English Setters (named after a village in England) of light or dark ticking or roaning. Colors include: blue belton, orange belton, lemon belton and liver belton.

Edgar “Afghan” Poe sporting Apricot, Blue and Cream colors Edgar “Afghan” Poe sporting Apricot, Blue and Cream colors •Biscuit- Usually used to describe Pekingese and Samoyeds, this color is a combination of light gray, yellow and brown hues with medium brilliance and saturation (perhaps a gray-yellow).

•Blaze- A white stripe running up the center of the face usually between the eyes.

•Blenheim- Used to define the color of markings of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and English Toy Spaniel (red and white).

•Blue- Gray. Color definitions may vary by breed such as Dobermans, Danes and Afghans.

•Brindle- A marking pattern used to describe many breeds, usually in conjunction with another color. Layering of black hairs in regions of lighter color (usually fawn, brown or gray) producing a tiger-striped pattern. Brindle often describes Great Danes, Bulldogs, Greyhounds and Boxers. Many of the Pit mixes in shelters are brindles.

•Bronze- Used to describe Newfoundlands, this color is usually a tinge in a black coat caused by the sun. It is like the color of the metal of the same name.

•Buff- Off-white to gold, usually used to describe “Lady and the Tramp”-tinged Cocker Spaniels.

•Café au lait- Usually used to describe Poodles, this color is typical of the French coffee of the same name, which is equal parts of coffee and milk- a rich, light brown.

•Chestnut- Usually used to describe Irish Setters and Pharaoh Hounds, the color may be described as deep, heavily saturated, reddish brown (like the nut of the same name).

•Cinnamon- Usually used to describe Chow Chows, yellowish brown like the spice.

•Cream- Used to describe many breeds, like Poodles and Afghans, a light-to-medium yellow. Often, it has just a little more color than white.

•Dapple- A mottled or variegated coat color pattern seen in Dachshunds.

•Deadgrass- Tan or dull straw color in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

•Domino- Reverse facial mask pattern on some breeds like Afghans. My Edgar Afghan Poe is a domino.

•Fawn- A brown, red-yellow with hue of medium brilliance as in Boxers and Danes.

•Grizzle- A mixture of black or red hairs with white hairs.

•Harlequin- Patched or pied coloration, usually black or gray on white seen in Great Danes.

•Isabella- Usually used to describe Doberman Pinschers, this color is similar to fawn or light bay.

•Landseer- The black and white Newfoundland dog, named for the famous painter, Edward Landseer, who used such dogs as models.

•Lemon- Used to describe Pointers, this color is a brilliant, medium-saturated yellow.

•Liver- Used to describe many breeds like English Springer Spaniels and Pointers, this deep, reddish-brown color includes various shades of chocolate brown, from light to very dark.

•Mahogany- Used to describe several breeds, like Irish Setters, this color is a medium, reddish brown.

•Mask- Dark shading of the foreface, as in German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and some Afghans.

•Merle- A marking pattern, used in conjunction with another color, to describe Shetland Sheepdogs, Collies, Great Danes and Australian Shepherds, characterized by a marbling effect of dark patches against a lighter background of the same color.

•Mustard- Usually used to describe Dandie Dinmont Terriers, like the color of the spice.

•Parti-Color- Two or more definite, well-broken colors, one of which must be white as in Cocker Spaniels.

•Pepper- This color is a medium, brilliant black. When coupled with Salt, it describes the alternating black and white hairs of the Schnauzer breeds.

Pied- Patches of white and another color as seen in Corgis.

•Red Sesame- Red with a sparse black overlay (Shiba Inu).

•Roan- Frequently a blue-gray or iron-gray, this color is the fine mixing of colored hairs with white hairs.

•Ruby- A rich, mahogany red (Cavalier or

English Toy Spaniel).

•Rust- A medium-brilliant, reddish brown in

Dobermans and Min Pins.

•Sable- Coat color produced by black-tipped hairs on a background of silver, gold, gray, fawn or brown (Collies, the “Lassie” variety, and


•Seal- Used to describe Boston Terriers, this color appears black except that it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light.

•Stag red- Deep red (almost brown) with intermingling of black hairs (Miniature Pinscher).

•Tawny- Used, along with white, to describe Ibizian Hounds, the color of lions (sandy yellow).

•Ticked- Small, isolated areas (smaller than spots) of black or colored hairs on a white background (Australian Cattle Dogs, English Setters, some Beagles).

•Tricolor- Three colors in the coat: white, black and tan (Beagles, Bassets, Bernese Mountain Dogs).

•Wheaten- Pale yellow or fawn color as in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

•Wild Boar- Dull gray hairs intermingled with black hairs describing some Dachshunds.

For Adoption: “Teddy,” a Chow/Golden, is in transit, leaving Babylon Shelter for Last Hope in Wantagh (www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org) because he will need heartworm treatment. This huggable teddy bear is a “cinnamon with some intermingling of black hairs”…nothing specific on the Pooch Palette. “Penny” 4-63 is a perplexed Siamese mix at Babylon (631-643-9270) because her former owner has to go into assisted living.

Males: “Bernie” the Beagle; “Petie” the tabby; “Jimmy” the Norwegian Elkhound.

•Last Hope is hosting a free rabies vaccine clinic at Babylon Shelter on Sat. June 7 from 11 to 2 p.m. No appointment necessary. Dogs must be leashed and manageable; cats must be in carriers.

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