Colors and Coats
Beardies come in four main colors: Black, Blue (dilute black), Brown, and Fawn (dilute brown). Their markings might or might not differ from the standard — or they might have minimal markings. When all four coat colors appear in the same litter, we refer to it as a “rainbow litter.”
Articles About Color
This 1971 edition of the Beardie Bulletin contains an article by Wendy Boorer about color inheritance in the Bearded Collie (see Page 14).
Part 2 of Carol Gold’s article discusses the genetics of coat color.
Part 3 of the article discusses pigment and white markings, with drawings.
The following links lead you to photo galleries representing all of the colors.
|Black and Stay-Black|
|Brown and Fawn|
|Beardies with Minimal Markings and Tricolor Beardies|
To download a PDF file containing all of the colors, click here. This PDF file makes a useful reference for shelters, rescues, or people new to the breed. Affiliate clubs and individual members may download, print, and distribute this file.
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