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I have created this page to better understand the coloring of the dogs we breed. I have included only the colors that we raise or that have been produced here. There are a few other colors out there. 

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer (as described by the AKC), the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, is a generally healthy, long-lived, and low-shedding companion. Add an outgoing personality, a portable size, and sporty good looks, and you’ve got an ideal family dog.

  • Height for average mini 12 to 14 inches "toy" mini 8 to 12 inches "t-cup" 8 inches and below

  • Weight is propitiated to height.

  • Life Span 12-15 years 


Black schnauzers are just that, black. They are black all over will have no banded hairs. They can have some white spots on their chest, feet, and chin, these are called parti markers. Schnauzers will remain black but just as we do they can lighten as they get older. Some may lighten and others may keep their deep black coloring. 

Black and Silver

Black and silver will have silver (typically brown at birth) on their feet, eyebrows, chin, and tooshie. There will be no banded hairs or brown hair anywhere else on their body, if there is then they are salt and pepper. As they age their body will remain black although it can lighten and their silver will remain silver. The amount of silver will vary from traditional to flashy. 



Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper can have a huge range in color from what would appear black to some to what would appear white or silver. All salt and pepper have banded hairs meaning they have hairs with different shades on them. Salt and pepper will fade with age and trimmings. 


The liver (sometimes referred to as chocolate) is brown. They can have white parti markers on their tows, chest, and chin just like black. They can be dark brown or light brown but will have no banded hairs. They have brown pads, nose, and undertones as well as green or hazel eyes. 

Liver Tan

Liver and Tan are just like black and silver but with browns. They will have tan on their feet, eyebrows, chin, and tooshie. There will be no banded hairs or tan hair anywhere else on their body if there is then they are liver pepper. As they age their body will remain liver although it can lighten and their tan will remain tan. They have brown pads, nose,s and undertones. Their eyes will be hazel or green. Just like with the black 7 silver the level of tan can be heavy or light. 

Liver Pepper

Liver pepper just as with the salt and pepper can have a huge range of colors from almost liver to white. They will also have banded hairs. In our experience, the livers can sometimes fade quite a bit. This boy below that looks white was very brown as a puppy. They will also have brown pads, noses, and undertones as well as green/hazel eyes. 


White is just that white. They are not albino and it is not a genetic defect. They are born white and will stay white, with the exception of a good mud puddle. Their nose pads and undertones are black and their eyes are dark.

White Chocolate (liver)

White chocolate are white just like above but they have liver undertones, pads, and nose. Their eyes will typically be green/hazel.


Parti basically means spotted. Parti can come in any of the above-mentioned colors mixed with white. They can be heavily spotted or lightly spotted. Spots have to be more than white on their toes, chin, and chest. Parti will be described as black parti, liver parti, etc. 


Merle is a pattern that is seen in the dog's coat. The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well. We have only ever produced a blue (grey) merle parti and a liver merle parti. These are the only schnauzers that we raise that can have blue eyes or eyes due to the merle gene. To achieve the merle coloring in the miniature schnauzer the Australian Shepherd (in our case) was added into the bloodline and then bred out. Our Merle mothers are 7th and 8th generation meaning that the Aussie has been bred out 7 or 8 times, making the puppies born here 8th (only .004% Aussi bloodline) and 9th (only .002% Aussie bloodline) generation. The only quality of the Aussie seen in our schnauzers is color. 

The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever (as described by AKC, summarized) An exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, stands among America’s most popular dog breeds. They are serious workers at hunting and fieldwork, as guides for the blind, and in search-and-rescue. Enjoy obedience and other competitive events and have an endearing love of life when not at work. They are sturdy muscular dogs of medium size, famous for the dense, lustrous coat of gold that gives the breed its name.

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 12 years

GROUP: Sporting

HEIGHT: Males stand 23-24 inches at shoulders Females 21.5-23.5

WEIGHT: Males should be 65-75 pounds and females 55-65

The Golden Retriever comes in 3 AKC recognized colors, not surprisingly they are golden of different shades: light golden, golden and dark golden. As goldens age from birth they will typically darken slightly in color, feathering is allowed to be lighter than the rest of the colors. Any white anywhere other than a small amount on the chest is a fault, light shading that is allowed is not to be confused with white markings.  Miss Kitty and Dillon are both registered as golden.

***Light and Dark golden images are not our dogs and were taken off Google. 

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