Labradoodle Coat Colours
Parti, Phantom, Merle?  What does it all mean?

Phantom colored dogs have a solid base color with sharply defined markings of a second color
appearing above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the throat/ forechest, on all four legs
and feet, and below the tail. Any combination of acceptable the solid base color.

K locus alleles determine the colouring pattern of a dog's coat.  E locus alleles determine whether
an animal expresses a mask or grizzle pattern.  A locus alleles determine whether an animal
expresses an agouti appearance.

Phantom markings must have a ky/ky genotype plus an E or EM, and also be at/at


A Parti coloured dog has a coat that is at least 50% white with patches of any solid colour

S locus alleles (or MITF gene) determine the degree and distribution of spotting.  Parti dogs have a MITF
gene that causes large patches with no colour.  
A merle dog has a base coat of a solid colour with patches and mottled areas of other
colours.

A brindle has a pattern of dark and light striping in the fur.    There are black,
chocolate, red & silver brindles.

A mosaic coat has patches of colours.  It is not a colour variety carried by genes.  It is
rare and likely caused by a colour gene mutation.

K locus alleles determine the colouring pattern of a dog's coat.  M locus alleles
determine whether a dog expresses a merle pattern to its coat.

A brindle pattern will be expressed if the dog has one kbr allele and no KB allele.


Chocolate colors can stay rich and dark, or fade. They should always remain a chocolate color ranging from a
milk chocolate to dark chocolate shade.  True chocolates are born almost black in color and maintain the rich
dark color throughout their lifetime

All dogs with a “bb” pair and at least one “E” will be Brown:
bbEe and bbEE are brown dogs (with brown pigment):
bbEe is brown carrying recessive cream
bbEE is a brown dog
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes.
An apricot coloured dog has fur the colour of the inside of a peach and a black nose.  Many apricot coats
will fade over time, and some will deepen in colour.  The colour should be even throughout and the roots
should not be lighter.  The difference between apricot and caramel is apricot dogs have black noses and
caramel dogs have caramel noses.


All dogs with an “ee” pair will be Cream (cream means any of the following colors: white, cream, apricot,
red, yellow (as in Labs), golden (as in Goldens)
BBee is a cream dog
Bbee is a cream dog carrying recessive brown
bbee is a cream dog with brown pigment (caramel)
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes
Caramel should be the color of real caramel. The range of color can vary between gold and red. Caramel
coloured dogs need to have a
brown (known as liver or rose) nose.

The difference between apricot and caramel is apricot dogs have black noses and caramel dogs have
brown noses.

All dogs with an “ee” pair will be Cream (cream means any of the following colors: white, cream, apricot,
red, yellow (as in Labs), golden (as in Goldens)
BBee is a cream dog
Bbee is a cream dog carrying recessive brown
bbee is a cream dog with brown pigment (caramel)
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes
Blacks should remain a solid, dark black color without fading or turning to silver. Some blacks carry a recessive
gene which prematurely grays the hair and they are called Silver.

All dogs with at least one “B” and at least one “E” will be Black:
BBEe, BBEE, BbEe, and BbEE are black dogs (with black pigment):
BBEe is black carrying recessive cream
BBEE is a black dog
BbEe is black carrying recessive cream and recessive brown
BbEE is black carrying recessive brown
A chalk coloured dog has fur that appears to be pure white looking color. However, if you were to compare it
to a true white, it would appear to be more chalk-white in color. Nose pigment can be either black or rose.  
The colour is generally uniform over the dog.

All dogs with an “ee” pair will be Cream (cream means any of the following colors: white, cream, apricot, red,
yellow (as in Labs), golden (as in Goldens)
BBee is a cream dog
Bbee is a cream dog carrying recessive brown
bbee is a cream dog with brown pigment (caramel)
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes
chocolate parti labradoodle
black labradoodle
caramel labradoodle
Sable labradoodle coats have coats represented by dark-tipped hairs on a background of any solid colour,
with no particular pattern/location designated for such hairs.  Sable is present through the entire body.  
Phantom is just presented  on the face, legs and under the tail.

Puppies that are "sable" start out as a darker colour but the roots are a lighter / different colour, and
slowly as the puppy gets older the roots become the actual colour of the dog.  See photo below.  This is the
same puppy.  You can see how the colour changes over time.  Also see both photos of Georgia at left.

To be sable, All dogs must be kyky at the "K" locus and only 1 copy of ay at the "A" locus. AY is a dominant
gene therefore ay is dominant to at and aw.
sable labradoodle
A red coloured dog has fur the same colour as an Irish Setter and while some highlighting may occur, the coat
remains a deep red.

All dogs with an “ee” pair will be Cream (cream means any of the following colors: white, cream, apricot, red,
yellow (as in Labs), golden (as in Goldens)
BBee is a cream dog
Bbee is a cream dog carrying recessive brown
bbee is a cream dog with brown pigment (caramel)
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes
This color comes in a wide variety of shades but it should be creamy in appearance. It can have tinting of
gold/apricot. The nose pigment can be black or rose.  

A cream coloured dog has fur that is darker than chalk dogs.  Ones with a deeper and richer tone would be
called golden coloured. Cream and gold dogs are not always monotone.  Oftentimes, there are darker and
lighter areas to their coat.

All dogs with an “ee” pair will be Cream (cream means any of the following colors: white, cream, apricot, red,
yellow (as in Labs), golden (as in Goldens)
BBee is a cream dog
Bbee is a cream dog carrying recessive brown
bbee is a cream dog with brown pigment (caramel)
Shades of those basic colours are modified by other genes


The term abstract refers to dogs with less than 50% white on any solid colour.  This includes white patches on
any or all of: feet, chest (tuxedos), chin (milk chin).  

An abstract marked dog carries 1 parti gene.  A tuxedo marked dog carries 2 parti genes.

S locus alleles (or MITF gene) determine the degree and distribution of spotting.  Parti dogs have a MITF gene
that causes large patches with no colour.  
cream labradoodle
apricot yellow gold labradoodle
red labradoodle
A true tuxedo labradoodle will have very special markings in certain areas that literally remind you of a
tuxedo.  The term tuxedo labradoodle refers to parti labradoodles (must carry 2 parti genes) with parti
markings displayed with an entire white belly and chest, and a solid dark back.

There will usually  be:
  • A white bib - this is color on the chest, it may or may not wrap all the way around the dog's neck
  • A white belly - This "should" touch the bib, making a continuous white area
  • White that extends from the belly down to the front and hind legs and paws.
  • A darker color that covers the entire saddle (back).

S locus alleles (or MITF gene) determine the degree and distribution of spotting.  Parti dogs have a MITF gene
that causes large patches with no colour.
 
Blue Merle Labradoodle
Chocolate Merle Labradoodle
Black Phantom Labradoodle
(Black & Tan)
Chocolate Phantom Labradoodle
(Chocolate & Tan)
black phantom labradoodle
black phantom labradoodle
chocolate merle labradoodle
chocolate merle labradoodle
chocolate phantom labradoodle
chocolate phantom labradoodle
Canadian Doodle's June Bug
chocolate phantom labradoodle
chocolate merle labradoodle
Pepper ~ 'CreamofBritish Final
Fling'  Molli x Dico
chocolate merle labradoodle
black phantom labradoodle
Arrowhead Australian Labradoodles
Sugar Pine Doodles
Doodle Sweethearts Fitz
mini black labradoodle
mini black labradoodle
mini chocolate labradoodle
mini chocolate labradoodle
mini chocolate labradoodle
mini chocolate labradoodle
Black Abstract Labradoodle
(white patch on chest and sometimes toes)
black abstract labradoodle
Chocolate Abstract Labradoodle
(white patch on chest & sometimes toes)
chocolate abstract labradoodle
chocolate abstract labradoodle
blue merle labradoodle
blue merle labradoodle
mini blue merle labradoodle
What is a MERLE labradoodle coat?
What is a PHANTOM labradoodle coat?
What is a PARTI labradoodle coat?
F1b parti labradoodle
Chocolate Parti Labradoodle
(B
rown & White)
Black Parti Labradoodle
(B
lack & White)
What is a CHOCOLATE labradoodle coat?
What is an Abstract marking on a labradoodle coat?
What is an Tuxedo marking on a labradoodle coat?
What is a SABLE labradoodle coat?
What is a CARAMEL labradoodle coat?
Caramel / Apricot Parti Labradoodle
(C
aramel & White)
caramel parti labradoodle
What is a APRICOT / GOLD labradoodle coat?
caramel parti labradoodle
apricot labradoodle
apricot labradoodle
What is a BLACK labradoodle coat?
What is a RED labradoodle coat?
What is a CREAM labradoodle coat?
What is a CHALK / WHITE labradoodle coat?