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COCKER COLORS CHART

ASCOB VARIETY
ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other than Black)--Any solid color other than black, ranging from lightest cream to darkest red, including brown and brown with tan points. The color shall be of a uniform shade, but lighter color of the feathering is permissible. A small amount of white on the chest and/or throat is allowed; white in any other location shall disqualify.

From the AKC Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard

Brown (Chocolate)

Red

Buff

Brown (Chocolate) & Tan

Golden

Silver Buff

BLACK VARIETY
Solid color black to include black with tan points. The black should be jet; shadings of brown or liver in the coat are not desirable. A small amount of white on the chest and/or throat is allowed; white in any other location shall disqualify.

From the AKC Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard

Black

Black & Tan

The "Tan Points" of a black & tan or brown & tan Cocker Spaniel must follow very specific guidelines.   The following restrictions are from the AKC Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard.

 The color of the tan may be from the lightest cream to the darkest red and is restricted to ten percent (10%) or less of the color of the specimen; tan markings in excess of that amount shall disqualify. Tan points in the Black or ASCOB variety shall be located as follows:

           1)  A clear tan spot over each eye;
           2)  On the sides of the muzzle and on the cheeks;
           3)  On the underside of the ears;
           4)  On all feet and/or legs;
           5)  Under the tail;
           6)  On the chest, optional; presence or absence shall not be penalized.

Tan markings which are not readily visible or which amount only to traces, shall be penalized. Tan on the muzzle which extends upward, over and joins shall also be penalized. The absence of tan markings in the Black or ASCOB variety in any of the specified locations in any otherwise tan-pointed dog shall disqualify.

PARTI-COLOR VARIETY
Two or more solid, well broken colors, one of which must be white; black and white, red and white (the red may range from lightest cream to darkest red), brown and white, and roans, to include any such color combination with tan points. It is preferable (NOT required) that the tan markings be located in the same pattern as for the tan points in the Black and ASCOB varieties. Roans are classified as parti-colors and may be of any of the usual roaning patterns. Primary color which is ninety percent (90%) or more shall disqualify. 

From the AKC Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard

Brown & White

Red & White

Black & White

Brown, White & Tan

Buff & White

Black, White & Tan

The colors listed in the AKC Cocker Spaniel breed standard are the only acceptable colors or combination of colors for conformation showing in the United States.   The breed standard specifically states that "Any other colors or combination of colors to disqualify."  However, despite the limited number of colors listed as acceptable by the American Spaniel Club, there are a number of additional colors/markings/patterns that are known to exist within this breed.

To see pictures of actual Cocker Spaniels of different colors (recognized and unrecognized), you can visit my Cockers In Color page.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Cocker Spaniels,
please
E-MAIL ME.    Thanks,

Cindy

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Last revised: December 27, 2005