Shih Tzu's by Leea
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This is a picture of a Black & White Shih Tzu with perfect markings.
See how symmetrical the colored spots on her are. She has a big showy white muzzle and a perfect full saddle on her back.
Some refur to the saddle as a blanket back because it looks like their is a blanket draped over the back. One large colored spot covering the back and sides.
She also has a black spot at the base of her tail.
If you where wanting a Party Shih Tzu to Show, you would want them to be symmetrical like this. From head to tail.
The different Color Coats and Markings of a Shih Tzu!
The Shih Tzu comes in a wide variety of colors and markings.
And all colors and markings are equally acceptable, although some colors and markings tend to be more desirable depending on who you are talking too.
If you have ever been lucky enough to own a Shih Tzu, one question you my want to ask me is...
Why did my Shih Tzu's coat change color? I told the breeder that we wanted a Brindle colored
Shih Tzu and now he is a really light gold... Where did all the black go?
If I had a penny for each time I have been asked this question. Lol
Hopefully, after you are through reading our Shih Tzu color coats page you will have a better understanding of the ever changing coat of the Shih Tzu.
Your Shih Tzu's hair will either fade or lighten over time as the hair continues to grow out until it reaches its true color. Or it my deepen in color, becoming darker and more vivid with age until reaching its true color . Or it could band. Meaning the hair will grow out in different bands of color turning from dark to light to dark. The banding is uniformed through out the color patch and doesn't effect the white hair. Most of the time a bander will continue to band though out their life.
A knowledgeable breeder should be able to tell you what the coat of one of their babies will do. This comes from experience over the years.
Below you will find pictures of the different color coats that Shih Tzu's come in enjoy!!!
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Fist I am going to go over the coat colors that are given as chose's for registration by the AKC then I will go over points and pigmentation as well as eye color and the new designer colors that have came about in the past few years.
Black Markings on a Shih Tzu
Silver Gold & White Shih Tzu's
Black Gold & Silver Shih Tzu's
Black Gold & White Shih Tzu's
Silver & White Shih Tzu's
Brindle & White Shih Tzu's
A Solid Black Coat is a color coat chose from the American Kennel Club for a Shih Tzu. True Solid Black's hold their color. They do not fade or band and all four points are black. The eyes are also dark brown/black.
A Black and White Coat is a color coat chose from the American Kennel Club and is considered to be a Party Coat. A "Party" is when your Shih Tzu has two or more colors on their coat and each different color forms a spot. One of the colors is always white.
True Black & White holds their color. They do not fade or band and all of their points are black. Shih Tzu's have four Points. Their nose, lips, rims of their eye's and the pads of their feet. All four points should be pigmented black. Eye color is a deep brown/black.
For a Shih Tzu to be registered Blue and White the points must be Blue not Black. And of coarse be a party. Its easy to tell if the points are blue on a new born puppy. They tend to look lavender and are almost always completely colored in. As the puppy grows older the points will deepen to a slate or gun medal gray color that has a iridescence to it in the sun light.
When this guy was born his coat appeared to be black but his points where blue. Knowing that
A Red & White Coat is a color coat chose from the American Kennel Club for a Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu will be White with Red patches of color here and there over the body. The Red could be a light strawberry blond to a deep mahogany. All four points are black and the eyes are dark brown/black.