Q: what is the rarest dog color?
February 21, 2009 | By ButterBuns | 8 answers | Expired: 2058 days ago
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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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