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Markings

Even within a colour, there is a lot of variation.  And within most colours, you can get dilute pigment or black pigment.    Black  and red will always have black pigment.   Chocolate will always have self coloured pigment.  We will go into further detail on colour on the next page.

There is also a variation in acceptable markings.  We have solid, Irish and pied.  And even within those we have variations!

What we consider solid in North America is not what is considered solid in European countries.  Here, a dog is often considered solid if the white does not extend beyond the feet, does not merge onto the sides of the neck and there is little to no white on the face.  It's just a wee bit more white that changes it from a solid to a lightly marked Irish.

For example, the following two dogs look very similar, right?  In my opinion, the first dog would be classed as a solid as he has virtually no white on his face, the white on his extremities is restricted to his feet and the white on his neck and throat is restricted to his throat line.  He has no white on his tail tip.  The second dog is actually an Irish marked dog, albeit lightly marked.  She has white on her face and the white on her extremities extends way up her legs.  Her tail tip is white.

Blue solidBlue Irish

Same scenario, one of these dogs is, in my opinion, solid and one a lightly marked Irish. The first dog has no white on his face, extremities or tail.  The second one has white on her face, white up one back leg and front leg, and a white tail tip.  What you may not be able to see is a little white dribble on the back of her neck.

Blue fawn solidBlue fawn Irish

Next we have classic Irish markings - the tuxedo style that seems to be the most popular!  Both of these dogs are classic Irish marked.  They have the full white shawl, white past the pasterns and hocks, as well as a white blaze on the face and white tail tip.

Irish SealIrish fawn

Both of these next two dogs are Irish marked, but not as classic as the above two dogs.  The colour breaks into the white shawl.

Irish JoshIrishEssence

Then we have the Wild Irish, often confused with a heavily marked pied.  We call it a Wild Irish when the white markings are big and splashy.   One common theory is, if the white passes over the topline at any point other than the shoulders, the dog is a pied.  So, following that theory, these two similarly marked dogs are actually not that similar.  The first would be a pied, as the white crosses over her topline at her loin and hip area.  The second one has a solid 'saddle' so is a Wild Irish  .

PiedWild irish

Again, the first dog is a pied, the second is a Wild Irish, even though they are very similar.

Pied blueWild Irish blue

What can make it even more difficult is that sometimes you don't know what markings they are until they are bred and you see what markings they produce.  And sometimes the white crosses over the topline at birth but blends in when the puppy gets older.

The next two dogs are pied (or piebald).  Their base coat is white with coloured splotches.  The white is more than 50% of their body and it crosses over their topline.

Pied malePied female

Ironically, the following three dogs are not solids, they are extreme pieds.  Extreme pieds are all or mostly all white.  When they have a white or mostly white head, they are sometimes deaf.

Extreme AmigoExtreme CoyneExtreme Mandy

Just because a dog is white does not make it an albino.  A true albino has no pigment anywhere. 

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