Review the photos below, which exemplify
the variations in Cesky color. The standard is somewhat vague regarding
color, and actually there is great variety within the "blue-grey"
range. Because the light brown color is extremely rare, only the colors in
the blue-grey range are illustrated here.
may range from pale silver grey to a true bluish grey color, to almost
shade of grey is acceptable, but dogs should have good pigment.
Dogs with so little pigment that they appear white (referred to as
optically white) should be penalized.
|This is a typical variation of blue
grey. Note the very dark shade of grey on the ears, above the nose and on the
tail. The body color where the hair is clipped appears a darker
shade than the longer furnishings on the belly and legs.
can be any shade of dark grey to almost black.
As in blue grey dogs, color may be
even throughout, or varied in intensity and depth of color. Longer
furnishings often appear lighter.
|Bicolor dogs are also
acceptable. Born with tan or brindle markings in a pattern similar
to a doberman, these dogs mature with a darker saddle and lighter
furnishings on the legs and head. Furnishings may be cream,
silver or off-white and should not be confused with white markings.
|This photo illustrates another form of bicolor.
Unlike the version with the darker saddle, this form of bicolor is
darker throughout, with lighter markings on the eyebrows, muzzle and
cheeks, and on the legs.
|White markings are
acceptable on the chest, chin, feet or belly. Occasionally you may
see a white collar or white tail tip.
On puppies and darker dogs, white
markings are easy to spot. On lighter dogs, the white markings may
blend with the lighter furnishings and be difficult to see.
markings covering more than 20% of the dog is a disqualification.
it is important not to confuse the lighter furnishings/markings on
a bicolor dog (as shown above), with white markings like the white
blaze on this puppy's chest.
white blaze on the head is also a disqualification.
|Cesky puppies are born
solid black, or, in the case of bicolor dogs, black with brindle or tan
markings in a Dobie or Rottie type pattern. They turn grey as
they mature. Cesky color often changes slightly throughout the
life of the dog. The change from black to grey can take as long as
three years. Usually, the slower the change to grey, the darker
the dog will be ultimately.
While puppies and young adults may show some
brindling, this is not acceptable in a mature adult. Brindle
markings in a dog over 2 years old is a disqualification.