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Blue Fawn, Pearl (Isabella), Apricot, Lemon, and White colors.
Might also be described as Blue Sabled Tan. Typical of sabling, the blue hairs are dense on a young puppy (see SABLE) and lessen as they age, leaving the dog more tan in appearance, but the blue nose remains. If the adult nose is a dark blue and the sabling scant, the dog may appear to be tan rather than blue sabled tan. Knowing the puppy's color helps identify the dog's color as an adult. Since these dogs manifest the blue(dilute) gene it is recommended that they not be bred to another dilute.
* * * * * * * A WORD FROM THE ARTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS * * * * * * *The term BLUE FAWN has had a confusing history in the Rat Terrier breed. At the time of the Color Guide development in March 2001 "Blue Fawn" was used to describe 2 color variations. Both were rare in Rat Terriers at that time and their genetic makeup was unclear. Now, we know these 2 colors are genetically unique and need their own color designation. As of August 24, 2005, UKC approved the use of any color or pattern term (except DQ's) for Rat Terrier registration. Breeders may now register their dog's color or pattern with any term they feel is appropriate.
PEARL or ISABELLA
Is a dilute of chocolate. It is called Isabella in Daschunds and Dobermans but is commonly referred to as Pearl in Rat Terriers. Sometimes called Fawn in Dobermans, Lilac in Beagles and Drapp in the older Great Dane literature. You may hear it described as The Weimeraner Color. These puppies appear silvery taupe at birth, with a pinkish hue when held in the sun. The color darkens as they age but remains even in coloration. The nose is self colored (same as the coat) or pinkish mauve in appearance. It is recommended this color (a dilute) not be bred to another dilute.
Is an interesting and sometimes hard to define color. Apricots, like lemons, can be born white or with faint color and color intensifies with age. Both apricots and lemons can range from very light yellow to orange. The colored areas typically appear faded with uneven color. The apricot develops a black nose and the lemon develops a self colored or light nose within the first few weeks. Nose color is the defining feature. To add to "the fun" of identification, the youthful apricot's black nose may develop into a faded or SNOW nose with maturity, making him appear to be lemon. The snow nose becomes blacker again in summer but never as black as it was before.
Colored Rat Terriers are similar to apricots in many ways. Both may be born white or with some color that intensifies with age. Both have color patches that may appear unevenly faded or washed out. Both may vary from light yellow to orange. When puppy nose pigment fills in, the lemon will have a self colored or light nose and the apricot will have a black nose. Lemons will also retain lighter eye rims. The lemon dog that matures with a darker than usual nose will still have a dark brownish background to it rather than black. It will never show black.
Rat Terriers are rarely completely white but have small black spots or flecks on the ears or tail. White follows a pattern, and when white dogs have color it is seen on the upper parts of the body (ears, tail, head). White Rat Terriers have black noses but may not always have black eye rims. Extensive research has shown that lack of pigment (extreme white) and white with patches of color (piebald) carries risks of deafness. Extreme white Rat Terriers are still few in numbers but BAER (hearing) tests are recommended as well as caution with this color.
For more information on white related animal deafness go to: HEREDITARY DEAFNESS IN DOGS
Photo Guide Page 1:
Black, Tan/Tan Sable, Chocolate, Blue
Photo Guide Page 2:
Blue Fawn, Pearl (Isabella), Apricot, Lemon, White
Photo Guide Page 3: Patterns
Bi, Tri, Piebald, Tuxedo, Sable, Ticking, Saddleback/Blanket Back, Calico
Photo Guide Page 4:
Faulted and Disqualified Colors
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