Shepherd's Way

Coat Color and Pattern in English Shepherds



While there are four basic color patterns recognized under the English Shepherd standard -- sable/white, black/white, black tricolor, and black/tan -- the color genes present in the breed sometimes combine to produce less common variations. Whether these variations are acceptable depends on which breed standard you consult; the variations presented below are all consistent with purebred status, however. Because of this, the English Shepherd Club breed standard does not disqualify dogs for deviating from traditional patterns.

For more information on coat color in English Shepherds, read this two part article: Part 1: Coat Color & Pattern, Part 2: Coat Color Genetics

Clear sable & white:

Honor

Sable & white:

Honey

Saddle sable:

Scout

Tricolor:

Cash

Black & white:

Raven

Seal & white:

Dillon

Open-face tricolor:

Barney

Black & tan:

Bodhi

Brindling:

Tasha

Ticking:

Marlow

Piebald:

Bonnie

Red tanpoint:

Toby


Dogs pictured above:
Clear sable - Jean Singleton's Honor
Sable & white - Peaslee's Honey
Saddle sable - Jane Kessler's Scout
Tricolor - Sarah Budde's Cash
Black & white - Peaslee's Raven
Seal & white - Rebecca Wingler's Dillon
Open face tricolor - Barney
Black & tan - Cooper Scollan's Bodhi
Brindling - Jill Meseck's Tasha
Ticking - Carrie Popp's Marlow
Piebald - Jan Hilborn's Bonnie
Red tanpoint - Nancy Putnam's Toby