Carpe Shar-Pei (Seize the Wrinkled Dog)

Colors

In relation to the Standard of the Breed, no one solid coat color is preferred to any other solid color. The variations in coat colors, as described below, do not alter the color requirements/preferences as described in the Standard of the Breed.

The Chinese Shar-Pei is an evolving breed and there is always the possibility of more or varied colors.

BASIC COLORS. Has black (charcoal) pigmentation, i.e. skin, nose, tongue, mouth/flews and foot pads. Nails may be lighter.

  1. Cream - An "off-white" color. May have darker ears and shading along the dorsal line. May be described as light cream, cream or dark cream.

  2. Fawn - A very light tan/golden color ranging to a dark tan/golden color. Some fawns with dark fawn coats have a pronounced red tinge. May have darker shading along the dorsal line. Red fawns may have lighter colored skin, eyes and toe nails. They should have a solid colored nose and foot pads. May be described as light fawn, fawn, dark fawn or red fawn.

  3. Red - Mahogany to rich chestnut red (example: Irish Setter). The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation.

  4. Brown - A medium to dark brown color. The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation.

  5. Sable - A lacing of black hairs over a lighter ground color. Two separate colored hairs - one black and one lighter color (not white). The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation.

  6. Black - True black. May have a blue, grey, brown or red tinge on the sides. The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation. May bleach, fade or brown from exposure to the sun.

DILUTE COLORS. No black (charcoal) pigmentation anywhere on dog. Skin, nose and nails are self-colored blending with the coat color. Eyes may be light or dark. Tongues may vary light to dark lavender.

  1. Apricot - Similar to but lighter in color than a five-point-red (dilute). A distinct apricot color ranging in shades from light to dark apricot.

  2. Blue - Recently discovered.. Blues can range from very dark blue which is usually seen in brush coats and a light silvery blue usually seen in horse coats. Puppies are all usually lighter in color at birth...going dark, amber or a yellow blue as adults. Tongue color can range from lavender to dark blue. Nails are self colored.

  3. Chocolate - A medium to dark color (example: Hershey milk or dark chocolate). The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Includes liver.

  4. Cream - An "off-white" color. May have darker shading on the ears and along the dorsal line. May be described as light cream, cream or dark cream.

  5. Isabella - A dusty rose color coat with blue masking on face and a blue dorsal stripe. Darker points, dark or lavender tongue color. Important: Some Isabella's are born completely blue at birth with only a noticeable difference from their blue littermates is a fawn shading appearing on the top of the head. By 10 weeks or so, the change is dramatic from blue to Isabella. Part of the blue gene group.

  6. Lilac - Presently the rarest of all colors. A chocolaty blue dilute color giving the appearance of purple. The same color as an Weimaraner. Always found in dilute only. Darker Lilac is usually found on brush coats and the lighter Lilac is identified in horse coats. Part of the blue gene.

  7. 5-point Red (Red Dilute) - A distinct deep red fawn varying to a dark red color. The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation. The "five points" are nose, eyes, skin, foot pads and anus.

  8. Sable (Dilute) - A lacing of dark color hair over lighter ground color. Two separate colored hairs - one dark (red, brown, silver) and one a lighter color (not white). The coat color is uniform over the body, neck, head and legs. Very little variation. Nose is slate. Mouth/tongue is lavender. Skin, eyes, foot pads and nails are self-colored.

FLOWERED or PARTI-COLOR - Variegated in patches of two or more colors. At least a 3/4 colored head, often with an inverted "^" in the back of head over a white background. The same color can be found in patches and ticking throughout the body. Can be found in all colors including blue and sable.



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