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Q: What color is "buff"?

April 16, 2010 | By Nadine O. | 6 answers | Expired: 1446 days ago

Nadine O.

I recently took my new dog Lola to my vet and I brought along her old records from a previous owner. I noticed on the "color" portion of her records, her previous vet called her color "buff". When I took her to get a new licence, the clerk had never heard of this color either. I've never heard of this color for a dog, or any animal for that matter. I thought she was apricot. What color is she, and does "buff" exist?

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Amber
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Apr 24, 2010

"buff" is pretty much another word for "tan" or "beige" but is more commonly used to describe an animal's coat color. as others have said, it can range from lighter to darker shades of tan. i've always thought of "apricot" as having a hint of pinkish orange to it, which is different from "buff". if you look at pictures of my cat Butterball, he is a prime example of the "buff" coat color.

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Michele Z.
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Apr 18, 2010

"In the buff" did not originally refer to being nude; it referred to wearing a buff-colored leather coat!!!!

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Kelly
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Apr 18, 2010

Buff & tan are interchangeable, but most dog people have a preference to the term "buff" over "tan". Like lots of other dog coat colors, it can vary in range from a pale cream to a deep reddish or strawberry blonde. Apricots tend to be the next darker level, from a deep reddish or strawberry blonde to a deep red.

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Stephanie  C.
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Apr 17, 2010

Yes, the color is tan. Hence the phrase 'in the buff' - without clothes, ie: skin color.

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daryl b.
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Apr 17, 2010

z is correct that is what i always concidered buff to be

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Michele Z.
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Apr 17, 2010

I always thought of "buff" as similar to tan, but it is usually described as a "pale yellowish-brown"....which is still kind of tan! It exists if/when we say it exists....

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