The outer coat is to be of self colors in red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with or without white markings. White is acceptable on legs, chest, neck (either in part or as a collar), muzzle, underparts, and as a narrow blaze on head.

Very Serious Faults in Color:

Whitelies are those dogs with a body color of white with red, black, or sable markings.
Mismarks: Self colors with any area of white on back between withers and tail, on sides between elbows and back of hindquarters, or on ears. Black with white markings and no tan present.
Bluies: Colored portion of the coat have a distinct bluish or smokey cast. This coloring is associated with extremely light or blue eyes and liver or gray eye rims, nose and lip pigment.


Medium length; short, thick, weather-resistant undercoat with a coarser, longer outer coat. Over-all length varies, with slightly thicker and longer ruff around neck, chest and on the shoulders. The body coat lies flat. Hair is slightly longer on back of forelegs and underparts, and somewhat fuller and longer on rear of hindquarters. The coat is preferably straight, but some waviness is permitted.

Very Serious Faults in Coat:

Fluffies: A coat of extreme length with exaggerated feathering on ears, chest, legs and feet, underparts and hindquarters.