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Q: what is the rarest dog color?

February 21, 2009 | By ButterBuns | 8 answers | Expired: 2032 days ago

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MomPeeples
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Feb 21, 2009

Forgot to attach a picture of the albino Doberman

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MomPeeples
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Feb 21, 2009

In dogs - the rarest of colors is the albino as currently it is only seen in the Doberman breed. Brindles are actually very common as that pattern is dominant color pattern. Same with merles. There are several genetic pathways to white so mostly white or all white dogs are not uncommon. Brown/chocolate/liver occurs in quite a few breeds. Grey/blue (dilute black) is the only allowed color in several breeds and can occur in many others. Black (true NOT black brindles) is actually genetically uncommon but because of the HIGH number of Labs and it being the most common Lab color - there are a lot of black dogs out there. Red-yellow-cream is a common color in several breeds and the only allowed color in others. Fawn is extremely common with or without the black "overlay" called sabling.

A solid colored dog (ie white is NOT a colored dog) is actually a rarity - most dogs have some color on them somewhere. Again the high number of Labs make solid dogs more common that genetics alone would give.



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Ethel02
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Feb 21, 2009

The steel grey of a greyhound, even in the breed it is rare, the kennels that own them consider them bad luck for racing & the pup are usually killed if that color, and they are beautiful.

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Elizabeth C.
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Feb 21, 2009

Brindle is a rare color in several dog breeds

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Cindy J.
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Feb 21, 2009

In Collies - there is a Blue Merle - which actually looks almost navy blue in actual sunshine. We had one - he was the most beautiful Navy Blue and white... Have never seen one like him since.

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Matthew14
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Feb 21, 2009

My kitty cat is pure white, so I don't know if that's rare

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Toni G.
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Feb 21, 2009

I don't know about dogs but brown in a cat is very rare.

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Sarah  W.
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Feb 21, 2009

Blue - which is a gray color

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