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Can border collies vary in color?

Notes: these are just the most popular colors in the Border Collie. There may be other color variations, but they are usually very rare and hard to find. If you’re looking to pick a specific color, these are really your options.

The black and white Border Collie is the signature look of these dogs. When people think of a Border Collie, they probably picture this coat color in their head. Needless to say, these are the most popular and common coat colors.

Do all kennel clubs recognize the same Border Collie colors?

The different kennel clubs differ slightly when it comes to accepted Border Collie colors. Here are the recognized colors of some of the major ones:

  • American Kennel Club: AKC recognizes 17 different standard colors for these dogs. They are: black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, red merle, sable, sable merle, saddleback sable, white and black, white and blue, white and blue merle, white and red, white and red merle , and marked in white. The non-standard Border Collie colors are: seal, slate, white and gold, white and sable, and white and seal.
  • Canadian Kennel Club: According to the CKC, a variety of coat colors are allowed. However, white should never be the dominant coat color.
  • United Kennel Club: Black and red are the most common colors. Less dominant colors are grey, blue merle, red merle, lemon and sable. Border Collies may only have a white trim and may have brown points.

Merle Border Collies have a streaked, mottled pattern in their coats

Border Collies usually have some white on them, especially on their head (as a flame mark), neck, legs, chest and tail . It is rare for Border Collies to come in solid, or «self» colors. They can be spotted or marked in any color, or with Border Collie colors in a merle pattern. They can have brown points or brindle points, with a tick on top of that.

In addition, Border Collie colors brindle and lilac occur although they are rare. These dogs can also come in Border Collie colors of gold, slate and seal.

Border Collie’s Coat Color, Markings and Patterns

The Border Collie’s coat is double layered but comes in two types. The first is smooth and short, while the coarse coat is medium long and feathered.

Perfect for their herding duties and their love of the outdoors, the Border Collie’s coat is also weather resistant. The downside is that they are not hypoallergenic and require only moderate grooming.

Blue Border Collie

Photo from @tails.of.millie.and.luna (IG)

To the untrained eye, a Blue Border Collie almost looks like a black puppy because dark and light shade.