Adapted from the "Descriptive Color and Marking Code" of the AMCA.
The images below are general examples of coat markings.
There is a wide variation of actual markings by individual dog.
Face Markings * Chest Markings * Neck Markings * Mismarking
A cap of color covers the top of the head and ears usually coming to a point in the center of the forehead.
Goggles Dark areas under the eyes and extending sideways to the cap. Bar A dark area extending from the center point of the cap down the nose. Eye Shadow Dark markings under the eyes but not extending out to the cap. Star A small white spot in the center of the forehead. Blaze A white mark extending from the center point of the cap back up the forehead. Width and length can vary. Closed Face
Dark coloring covering the face with no distinct markings on the face.
Open Face A cap covering the top of the head and no other markings on the face. Full Mask The combination of cap, goggles and bar. Mask The combination of cap and goggles.
Necklace A curving band of dark color across the chest. Eagle Two bands of dark color protruding partially across the chest, forming a pattern resembling the eagle emblem.
Collar A white band of color encircling the neck. Wither Spot A white mark varying in size but centered on the withers or at the base of the neck.
Mismarkings Undesirable, uneven splashings.
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