CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI CLUB OF AMERICA
COAT COLOR COMMITTEE

Report on Coat Color Identification for AKC Registration Purposes

The AKC has developed a new registration computer program capable of identifying colors of dogs submitted for registration through the use of two separate groups of descriptions, the "color" group and the "markings" group. The color of each dog is identified on AKC records by the combination of the two group descriptors chosen for the dog.

The AKC will maintain both a "primary" and a "secondary" list of available "colors" and "markings" for each breed. The "primary" list of "colors" will appear first on our blue slips, followed by the "primary" list of "markings". We will be asked to identify the dog being registered by selecting one "color" and, if applicable, one "markings" when submitting a blue slip.

If the applicant wishes to identify the dog being registered with a "color" or a "marking", or both, that does not appear on the blue slip (because the desired identifier is a "secondary " "color" or "marking"), the color and marking selection must be written on the blue slip from among the secondary lists.

Thus, the CWCCA must first identify each of the "colors" and each of the "markings" which can occur in Cardigans. (IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE "COLOR" OR "MARKING" IS ALLOWED IN THE SHOW RING. ALL POSSIBLE COLORS AND MARKINGS MUST BE IDENTIFIED FOR THE AKC SYSTEM)! Then, we must designate those "colors" and those "markings" which make up our "primary" lists which will appear on our breed's blue slips. Each of the remaining "colors" and "markings" will become part of the "secondary" groups to be used only when the applicant cannot use the "primary" lists to adequately describe the dog being registered.

The CWCCA Coat Color Committee has studied the AKC lists of "colors" and has identified the following codes and colors as being either "primary" or "secondary" as needed for Cardigans:

 

AKC CODE

DESCRIPTION

P or S

059

Brindle and White

P

146

Red and White

P

165

Sable and White

P

019

Black and White

P

051

Blue Merle and White

P

*

Peach Merle and White

S

*

Sable Merle and White

S

*

Brindle Merle and White

S

125

Liver and White

S

105

Grey and White

S

276

Red Merle and White

S

266

White Blue Merle

S

* Codes not now existing; to be added by AKC. See below.

The CWCCA Coat Color Committee has studied the AKC lists of "markings" and has identified the following codes and markings as being "primary" as needed for Cardigans:

AKC CODE

DESCRIPTION

P or S

004

Black Mask

P

*

Brindle Points

P

029

Tan Points

P

013

Ticking

P

*

Brindle Points and Ticking

P

*

Tan Points and Ticking

P

*

Black Mask and Ticking

P

* Various colors and markings are unique to Cardigans. Thus, AKC has agreed to add to its data base new identifiers for the coat colors now shown with an asterisk. Once added to the data base, the new numbers and colors will appear on the blue slips in the same fashion as those now in existence on AKC's computer.

EXAMPLES

The following examples are intended to demonstrate how the system works for some of our coat colors:

Blue Merle with Tan Points = 051 + 029.

Both identifiers, the "color" Blue Merle and White (051) and the "marking" Tan (012) would be circled on the blue slip.

Brindle and White (all shades) = 059

Only the Brindle and White "color" identifier (059) would be circled on the blue slip; no "markings" identifier would be circled.

Sable and White with Black Mask = 165 + 004.

Both identifiers, the "color" Sable and White (165) and the "marking" Black Mask (004) would be circled on the blue slip.

Red Merle and White with Tan Points = 276 + 012

This combination is not one of the "primary" Cardigan coat colors. Therefore, the applicant would write on the blue slip from the "secondary" list of "colors" and "markings" the identifiers Red Merle and White (276) and Tan Points (012).

Black and White = 019.

Only the Black and White "color" identifier (019) would be circled on the blue slip; no "markings" identifier would be circled.

The identifier system is quite complete and will allow us to register our dogs with exactness as to their color. Although it seems a bit cumbersome to describe, once implemented the system should prove very easy to use. AKC has spent a large amount of time and energy developing this new system and is quite pleased to work with us on this project. In fact, we will be one of the first breeds to have a completely overhauled color system accurately taking advantage of AKC's new color registration capabilities.

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