Sometimes it is hard to picture a color or how it looks from a person's description. This page will, hopefully, clearly illustrate the different minpin colors that we raise and make it easier to understand what I am meaning if we speak on the phone.
First let me explain that a dilute colored dog is a dog affected by a dilution gene. This gene does what the name says. It dilutes the color. A blue dog is genetically a black dog, that is affected by the dilution gene turning the coat color into a grey. A fawn dog is genetically chocolate. A tan dog is genetically red. A dilute stag red is a blue stag, or a blue stag. Not only is the coat diluted, but the skin leather is also diluted on these different colors.
Another difficulty in understanding a lot of this arises from the minpin club not bothering themselves with the dilute colors. I guess if they ignore it, it will all go away? At any rate there is some confusion about what the dilute colors are called. I have heard dilute reds called champagne fawns as well as tans. Inconsistency abounds in the color names.
Names for colors vary from breed to breed. A chocolate minpin is the same color as a red doberman, and the base coat is the same as liver in some other breeds. While it is all fascinating, it can be a bit confusing.
There are some common misconceptions out there about the dilute colors---blue in particular. Here is some information to help people with understanding about the blue color.
1. Blue can have skin/coat problems, BUT, others have good skin and coat. Some of this depends upon genetics, some on diet, and some on contentment. Happy dogs have better coats.
2. Blue can be AKC registered.
3. Blue can't be shown in the U.S., but can be in Canada and Great Britain.
4. A fawn has been successfully shown to championship status in Canada.
5. Breeding a blue dog to another minpin doesn't necessarily produce blue puppies. Both parents must carry the dilution gene to produce blue color.
6. Any color is only skin deep.