The KC has approved an amendment to the Colour Clause of our UK Breed Standard. All colours permitted but no white permissible, save for a small patch on chest which is permitted but not desirable. The dapple pattern is expressed as lighter coloured areas contrasting with the darker base. Neither the light nor the dark colour should predominate. Double dapple (where varying amounts of white occurs all over the body in addition to the dapple pattern) is unacceptable. Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours isabella and blue are highly undesirable. Nose and nails black in all colours except chocolate/tan and chocolate/dapple where they are brown.
The amendment is the addition of: “Pied, tricolour and the dilute colours isabella and blue are highly undesirable. ”
We originally asked the KC to make Isabella and Blue “unacceptable”, on health grounds. Both these dilute colours are known for having skin problems such as Colour Dilution Alopecia.
Double Dapple is “unacceptable” because of its well-known health risks and the KC will not register puppies from two Dapple parents. The other colours are now “highly undesirable” in the show-ring (and, in reality we don’t see any here at UK shows). View the illustrated guide to the Breed Standard…
For examples of colours and patterns look here.