Smith Pets Family Farm 

Breeders of Excellent Pet Quality Miniature Schnauzers and Cane Corso Italiano.

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 propitiate 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 other may keep their deep black coloring. 

Black and Silver 

Black and silver will have silver (typically brown at birth) on their feet, eye brows, 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. 

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. 


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 under tones 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, eye brows, 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 and undertones. Their eyes will be hazel or green.  

Liver Pepper 

Liver pepper just as with the salt and pepper can have a huge range of color from almost liver to white. They will also have the 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, nose 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 eyes are dark.

White Chocolate (liver)

White chocolate are white just like above but they have liver under tones, 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 dogs 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 every 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 eye due to the merle gene. 


A Cane Corso is described by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a working dog with an imposing appearance. This look is achieved through the breed’s athletic build and stiff coat, which comes in various colors.
  • Height for males is typically 25 to 27.5 inches. females 23.5 to 26
  • Weight is propitiate to height. Average around 110 females and 140 males 
  • Life span of 10 to 12 years
  •  Cane Corso keep growing well into their third year of life.   


Black are just that black like midnight in the middle of no where black. They will have dark eyes pads and nose. They have no brindling what so ever, white points are acceptable on the toes, chest, chin throat. and back of the pastern (back of the legs below the hock. 

Black Brindle

Black brindle have a brown or red base with "tiger stripes" which are black. They can be heavily or lightly brindled. They can develop brindle as they get older.  They will have dark eyes, pads and noses. They can also have the white points on toes, chest, chin, throat, and back of pastern. 

Gray "Blue"

Gray or blue is produced by a recessive gene this is usually happens when both parents are carriers for the gene. They pass it on to their off spring creating the gray or blue color. The gray can also not have any marking on their body other than the points listed above.  

Gray/Blue Brindle 

Gray brindle carry a brown base with blue or gray stripes. Eyes are typically light and nose and pads gray. They also can have points in the above acceptable locations.