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Color Descriptions

Color Description Summary
By Linda Campbell
Oct 27, 2002, 9:13pm

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Here is a summary that I had included in a book I wrote years ago (The Whole Goat Catalog).

Makes for some creative descriptions!

White: also off-white, ivory

Silver: a lustrous grayish white or whitish gray, color of metallic silver

Cream: yellowish white, light tint of yellow or buff

Lemon: clear, light yellow

Golden: also gold

Wheaten: fawn or pale yellow

Apricot: pinkish yellow or yellowish pink

Mustard: yellowish brown

Biscuit: pale brown

Fawn: light yellowish brown

Fallow: pale yellow, light brown

Beige: very light brown, light gray with brownish tinge

Tan: light brown

Buff: yellowish brown of medium to dark tan

Tawny: dark yellowish or dull yellowish brown

Bronze: a metallic brownish color

Honey

Cinnamon

Sandy: yellowish red

Copper: metallic reddish-brown

Sorrel: light reddish brown

Bay: reddish brown

Red

Rust Red: reddish yellow; reddish brown

Ruby Red: deep red; carmine

Mahogany: reddish brown

Liver: dark reddish brown

Chocolate: dark brown

Dark Brown

Coffee brown

Dun: dull, grayish brown

Light Gray

Mouse: dark brownish gray

Gray: color of ash

Grizzle: gray, devoid of hue

Iron gray: silver-white metallic gray

Slate gray: a dull dark bluish gray

Blue: dark gray

Sable: dark brown, almost black

Black: ebony

1. Unicolor: any pure color

2. Bicolor: any two colors

3. Tricolor: any three colors

4. Particolor: many colors

Mixed colors and/or patterns

Salt& Pepper: white brown and black hairs intermingled

Belton: colored and white hairs intermingled

Brindle: gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots

Ticked: colored hairs intermingled with white hairs on those portions of the body that would otherwise be white

Roan: black, sorrel, chestnut or bay sprinkled with gray or white

Mottled: blotches of different colors or spotted

Calico: spotted, piebald blotches of different colors

Piebald: parti-colored - patches of black and white or other colors

Skewbald: patches of different colors, especially of white and brown or red

Harlequin: checkerboard pattern

Agouti: an irregularly barred pattern on coat

Dappled: having spots of different colors or shades

Speckled: small spots

Frosted: resembling frost: white or gray

Marbled: variegated or mottled in a wide range of colors

Markings:

Mask, cap, collar, belt, crown, stocking, dorsal stripe, facial stripes (run all the way to nose), eyestripes (just short ones around eyes), boots, socks, snip (usually just a small line on nose), blaze (full white mark from crown to muzzle), trim, spots, splashes, belt (full belt will "connect", partial belt does not).

Adjectives for describing colors:

Light, pale, pallid, dull, sandy, medium, ruddy, blush, dark, rich, intense, vivid, bright, jet, deep, pure, solid, dominant,even and clear

Now, is that enough to confuse you?!

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