The Greyhound Show

28.6.2018

Colour confusion at the Breed Archive

Filed under: Auf den Greyhound gekommen,Standesamt — admin @ 11:01

When entering Greyhounds into the Breed Archive, there seem to be different opinions on how to describe a Greyhound’s colour or pattern. In our view, the basic colour should be selected first (e.g. black, blue, brindle, fawn…) no matter how far it is distributed over the dog’s body.


In a second step, the „markings“ or the pattern of the dog sould be entered, e.g „particolour“ for a white Greyhound with small spots (ticking), larger patches or even a saddle of the basic colour, “irish marked” for a predominantly “basic coloured” dog with distinct white markings on feet / legs, chest, head and tail, “white trim” for a “basic coloured” Greyhound with only a small white spot on the chest and / or single white toes and “no markings” for completely “basic-coloured” dogs.

Inevitably a dog with the basic colour “white” can only have the colour markings “unknown or no markings”. However, an almost white dog with only a few coloured spots should always be entered stating it’s basic colour (the colour of the spots!) and the markings “particolour”.
In English speaking records you will often find the coarser differentiation into “basic colour + white” (which can be “irish marked” as well as “white trim”), and “White + basic colour” (which corresponds with “particolour”). In Scandinavia by contrast it seems that every dog, which shows markings of any size besides it’s basic colour, will be registered as “particolour”.
Really exciting is the attempt to copy colour descriptions from old stud books like the ones of „Rolf“, „Reif“ and „Renner von Sollten“:

„Rolf“ and „Renner“ are mentioned as „light brown with brindle patches“ and „Reif“ as being „black with brindle belly“. Maybe Rolf and Renner were just unsoaped and Reif suffered from diarrhoea?

Many thanks to Nele Ellerich for the great illustrations!

1 Kommentar »

  1. I noticed you are missing dunfawn from the subcategories of dun dilutes in your dropdown list.
    In the ICC color charts the first example of irish marked in your picture will always be input as a solid base color without mentioning the parti, as often these specimen do not carry the parti colored gene. If the white extends around the neck / chest to a considerable degree, the dog will be marked bkw (black with white or particolored for carring that gene). If the white area is more than 50% than the black color for example, the dog will be marked wbk ( white with black also parti colored ).
    Dun, dunbrindle and dunfawn are the dun basic color carring either a gene for brindle or fawn along, all breeding as black basic color unless to another dun specimen.

    Many duns were recorded as fawn in studbooks in the isles, were in NGA books the term is absent often marking them as red or brindle.

    Kommentar by Greyfort Greyhounds — 3.7.2018 @ 16:29

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