Illustrated Coat Color Guide

Adapted from the "Descriptive Color and Marking Code" of the AMCA.

The images below are for general coat color comparison only. Actual colors, hues, shadings, and patterns will vary by individual dog. Click on the color name for a photographic example of that color.

Black and White

Black guard hair with black or dark grey undercoat.

(Alaskan) Seal and White

Black or black tipped guard hairs with white or cream undercoat. Dog appears black at a distance, but is not a true black because of the light undercoat.

Gray and White

Gray guard hairs with a light gray, cream, or white undercoat. No red factor is evident. Dog definitely appears gray, even though there may be some black hairs on the topline.

Red and White

A definite shade of red, either light or dark; with light points (lip line and nose), and eye color. No black factor evident.

Sable and White

Black or gray guard hairs with a reddish undercoat and red trimmings.Both black and red factors evident.

Silver & White

Light gray guard hair with white undercoat.

All White

Both guard hairs and undercoat are white. Often evidence of a mask in cream color. Only solid color allowed.


Shadings of gold, cream, buff, brown or reddish hues often found on legs, ears, tail and face between white areas of the underbody and the dark color above.

Unofficial Variants or Names

Blue and White, a dilute black in a bluish gray color.
Brown and White, a dark brownish red.
Agouti, less distinct multi-banded hairs or "wild" color.
Wolf Gray, any shade of Gray with black tips on the main coat color.
Wolf Sable, any shade of Sable with black tips on the main coat color.

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