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Schnauzer Colors

SALT AND PEPPER
A large majority of miniature schnauzers are the distinctive and unique salt and pepper color. The color is produced by having dark and light shades of gray. Dark dogs will have the majority of the hair ends dark, while in the lighter colored dogs, there are many more lighter shades of color towards the end of the hair. Puppies usually have a dark streak across the back.

BLACK AND SILVER
Black and silvers follow the same pattern as salt and peppers except that the salt and pepper section must be pure black, which includes the undercoat. The underbody hair may be lighter, but should still be essentially black. The white areas may range from silver to white. In some parts of the country, black and silvers with cotton white features are referred to as phantoms, in the case of this coloration a prominent black mask is visible around the eyes.

BLACK
Black is a solid color miniature schnauzer with the undercoat being black and the top coat being a rich and glossy black. Furnishings and whiskers are a less intense color of black. Sometimes a small white breast spot or white tipped feet are visible. Black miniature schnauzers are very beautiful.

WHITE
White miniature schnauzers have grown in popularity. Although they are not recognized in competition in the United States, they can be registered as purebred miniature schnauzers. Because of the white color and staining of the fur, it is recommended that they be kept inside the home. Their undercoat and outer coats as well as their furnishings are white.

PARTI
Parti colored are harder to find. Pet owners often want pets that are unusual and rare. Breeders who breed for these rare traits offer them for pets. There are silver and white partis, chocolate and white partis, salt and pepper partis, as well as black and white partis. Partis are AKC registered, but are not allowed to be shown.

LIVER/CHOCOLATE/LIVER PEPPER/WHITE CHOCOLATE
Color's range from light brown to dark brown all will have brown nose , hazel to green eye's. White chocolate are solid white with the brown nose and hazel to green eyes. Liver pepper is like a salt and pepper but the coloring is tan to brown with black for peppering must have the brown nose and hazel to green eyes to be Liver/Chocolate anything.

Note on AKC Registration for the colors above

The AKC recognizes the various color combinations above however you have to submit proof of your dog color and markings by taking three pictures of the dog and submitting those three pictures with the dogs registration application. They will assign a color code to your dog but note the AKC will not recognize unique colors and coats for show purposes.

SHOW COLORS: The dogs recognized for AKC shows are not the unique colors shown above as the only colors recognized for showing purposes are as follows from the AKC Site.

Color
The recognized colors are salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. All colors have uniform skin pigmentation, i.e. no white or pink skin patches shall appear anywhere on the dog.

Salt and Pepper - The typical salt and pepper color of the topcoat results from the combination of black and white banded hairs and solid black and white unbanded hairs, with the banded hairs predominating. Acceptable are all shades of salt and pepper, from light to dark mixtures with tan shadings permissible in the banded or unbanded hair of the topcoat. In salt and pepper dogs, the salt and pepper mixture fades out to light gray or silver white in the eyebrows, whiskers, cheeks, under throat, inside ears, across chest, under tail, leg furnishings, and inside hind legs. It may or may not also fade out on the underbody. However, if so, the lighter underbody hair is not to rise higher on the sides of the body than the front elbows.

Black and Silver - The black and silver generally follows the same pattern as the salt and pepper. The entire salt and pepper section must be black. The black color in the topcoat of the black and silver is a true rich color with black undercoat. The stripped portion is free from any fading or brown tinge and the underbody should be dark.

Black - Black is the only solid color allowed. Ideally, the black color in the topcoat is a true rich glossy solid color with the undercoat being less intense, a soft matting shade of black. This is natural and should not be penalized in any way. The stripped portion is free from any fading or brown tinge. The scissored and clippered areas have lighter shades of black. A small white spot on the chest is permitted, as is an occasional single white hair elsewhere on the body.

Disqualifications - Color solid white or white striping, patching, or spotting on the colored areas of the dog, except for the small white spot permitted on the chest of the black.

The body coat color in salt and pepper and black and silver dogs fades out to light gray or silver white under the throat and across the chest. Between them there exists a natural body coat color. Any irregular or connecting blaze or white mark in this section is considered a white patch on the body, which is also a disqualification.

 
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