"Calling All Colors!"
colors! colors! colors!
As it is now, there is no
uniformity in color
descriptions for the
non-standard colors. This
has created so much
confusion that several
breeders may call the
exact same color each by
different names. Lilac vs.
chocolate, liver, brown,
cream vs. albino (NOT the
same color or genetics!).
With so many ways each
color is labeled by both
novice and experienced
fanciers, this lack of
uniformity of color
language has created a
virtual color chaos!
AKC is just beginning to
non-standard colors more
submission of photos, but
people are finding it can
be an ordeal and delay
the papers to do this.
Many people still register
their colored dogs as
"seal" whether or not they
know it isn't correct.
Over time, more reliable
pedigrees can be built
than are available
currently through any
other Don't miss out on the
Join the All-Color Boston
Red, chocolate (darker version of red), fawn,
lilac, honey gold (a fawn looking cream), cream,
and blue, are so hard to find that those who
fancy these colors may consider themselves
lucky regardless of registry to even find one.
Along with our AKC registered dogs, we include
other registries in our foundation, our pups are
often CKC (we may include UKC, UAB, or APRI, in
the future). AKC does not endorse colored
Bostons but they do register them. In order to
get the actual color of your dog on the
registration at this point, photos are usually
required to show the color. Colored Bostons are
not eligible in AKC conformation shows but can
compete in other AKC events. Several clubs do
welcome the Colored Boston in their
conformation shows and quite a few Bostons
have earned Championship titles. The reason
AKC doesn't endorse colors is because the
Boston "parent" club disallows them in the
official breed standard.
Even though AKC is the father of all registries,
we appreciate kennel clubs which give full
status to the fancy colors, and do allow them to
compete in shows. We see progress among the
more serious of the alternative clubs toward
improving their level of credibility and their
competitiveness with AKC
Of the three standard colors, black ,brindle and
seal, the term "seal" , an accepted color, has
become a catch-all used to describe most of the
rare non-accepted colors. AKC is partly
responsible for this confusion. When papers are
sent to them with the rare color hand written in,
they just register the dog as seal. Untold
numbers of dogs' true colors will never be
known because of this. It is vital for the serious
breeder to know the true color of dogs in the
Note: When registering a puppy with the AKC
with its correct color, send in photos of the dog
from all angles showing color, and write in the
Q-Are the "off-color"
A-There have been other
colors in the genes since the
breed was created. Breeders
tried to eliminate them when
the standard disallowed
them. Genes can be hidden
for up to 7 generations,
perhaps even longer.
Unusual color is not a reason
to suspect impurity. However,
without DNA testing of any
puppy, AKC registered or
not, you cannot be %100
certain it is purebred.
Q- Will a DNA test tell purity?
A-There is a NEW DNA test.
Soon perhaps the Boston will
be included in the list of 38
breeds with DNA profiles.
This could theoretically reveal
if a Boston is purebred or not.
Up until now, DNA tests could
only tell if the parentage
information was correct..
Q-Are these colors different
in health or temperament
from the standard colors?
A-To our knowledge, there is
no demonstrated color
related difference. Blue in
some breeds is associated
with sparse coat (Alopecia)
and sometimes weaker
immunity, and other blue
breeds are totally normal. So
far,the majority of blue
Bostons appear to not have
|Nutmeg as pup
Mom to Starbuck
(Starbuck pic bottom left)