Labradoodle Coat Colors
The Australian Labradoodle comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Each combination is beautiful in its unique expression. Lighting can change the colors, with summer sun often causing the outer coat to highlight in lighter shades. Silvering or graying may give the coat a distinctive look. Coats often have a slight to dramatic amount of softening of color over the years.
Despite all the stunning medleys, there are four basic colorations: black, chocolate, caramel (yellow with chocolate pigment) and cream/red (yellow with black pigment).
Black Pigment Colors:
All dogs in this category have dark brown eyes, black noses, gums and paw pads. Black and cream/red are the colors in this category and appear with a variety of beautifully individual shades and highlights. The descriptions may range in name from black, blue, or silver to cream, apricot, gold or red.
A beautiful ebony throughout flleece. Some blacks can have a bluish hue to their coat that is seen in certain lights and apparent close to the skin. Silvering can appear as the dog ages, ranging from highlights of silver to a solid silver or charcoal.
Cream is the lightest of this hue, and colors of cream, apricot, gold and red are found under the gene called yellow. The amount of cream fleece mixed into the coat can lighten it from a dark apricot to creamy apricot and even to a solid cream.
Red is the darkest of this hue. It is a rich, deep coloration that can take on the richness of gold in certain lights.
Chocolate Pigment Colors:
All dogs in this category have brown noses and lighter, usually hazel, eyes and brown paw pads. Chocolate and caramel are the two basic colors in this category.
Intensity of the hue in chocolate and caramel can range from a dark to light. Puppies coats may start out darker in tone, then soften in time with hues of cream. Color names for chocolate range from cafe, milk chocolate, and latte to lavender and parchment. The caramel coloration ranges from light to a dark rich shading of the yellow gene.
Intensity of the hue in the chocolate coat can range from dark to milk chocolate or cafe, and sometimes highlights abound.
The deepest caramel cast is almost red. Differing amounts of cream saturation create caramel shades that can be uniform to light blushes of caramel color throughout the coat, from dark to light. Shades of gold are sometimes visible, with the lightest shades of caramel appearing nearly white.
Lavender or parchment colors appear in shades ranging from an aged yellowed piece of paper to a soft lilac or pink hue. They are uniquely beautiful in each dog.
All one color
Usually on chest, throat, top of head, muzzle, tips of paws and tail
Merle - Not acceptable in the breed standard. Merle is listed for registration purposes only. All Merle pattern dogs must be registered as limited registration and may not be bred.
Large areas of white with either chocolate apricot, caramel, red, or black.