Merle Schnauzer Club Of America  

       Where Exotic Colored Schnauzers Are Found
Where Exotic Colored Schnauzers Are Found


Color standards for MSCA:
Below you will find all the offical colors for the MSCA in great detail and with photos to help you out with understanding the colors.  Schnauzers come in an array of colors now.  If you need help understanding any of them please let us know.  Any and all of the colors can have White markings on the legs and chest and are not be a Parti.  If you have a Schnauzer with Parti in the pedigree chances are good you will have puppies with these White markings.


Blue Merle
Blue Merle is a basic color of Blue with true Black Spots. It comes in many shades. But you will never see banded shades together, it is pure. All Blue Merles will have Black noses. The Black spots will not have peppered hair in them at all.
Black
Black is easy it's simply Black.  Most Black's do tend to fade into different shades of Black but, they are still Black.   Black  will not have peppered hair on the body anywhere.
Black N Silver Merle
Black N Silver Merle is the basic color Blue with true Black spots and Silver eyebrows, Silver beard and Silver under the tail. Some Black N Silvers can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards. The same as a Black N Silver AKC Schnauzer would have. All Black N Silver Merles will have Black noses. The Black spots will not have peppered hair in them at all.


photos coming soon.................If you have a Black N Silver Merle please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).

Black N Silver
Black N Silver's have a body color of Black with Silver eyebrows, Silver beard and Silver under the tail.  Some Black N Silvers can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards. The same as a Black N Silver AKC Schnauzer would have. All Black N Silver will have Black noses. They will not have peppered hair on them at all.
 Salt N Pepper Merle
Salt N Pepper Merle is the same as a true Salt N Pepper Schnauzer, banded shades of gray with Black Spots. As in original Schnauzers the shades of your peppering can vary. Some Salt N Pepper's can have smuttyness in the eyebows and beards. All Salt N Pepper Merles will have Black noses. Some breeders are calling their dogs Salt N Pepper Merles when in fact they are Blue Merle. To know the difference look for the banded hair.

We would love to have more examples of Salt N Pepper Merles, if you have a Salt N Pepper Merle please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).

Salt N Pepper
Salt N Pepper's are banded shades of gray on the body with Silver markings in the eyebrows, beard and under the tail.   As in original Schnauzers the shades of your peppering can vary. Some Salt N Pepper's can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards.  All Salt N Pepper will have Black noses.

We would love to have more examples of Salt N Pepper, if you have a Salt N Pepper please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).

Silver Merle
Silver Merle is the basic color of a very very light Blue with true Black spots and White eyebrows, White beard and White under the tail. Some Silvers can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards. The same as a Silver AKC Schnauzer would have. All Silver Merles will have Black noses. Silver Merles can be hard to identify at birth and may not be apparent until the first haircut.
Silver
Silver is the basic color of a very very light gray with White eyebrows, White beard and White under the tail. Some Silvers can have smuttyness in the bow and beards.  All Silver's will have Black noses.  Silver can be hard to identify at birth and may not be apparent until the first haircut.
White
White is also very simple, the entire dog must be pure White.  They are born pure White.  They are also born with pink noses and pads.  With a few days they will spot  over and turn Black.  All White's have Black noses. 
White Chocolate
White Chocolate has a White body.   They are born White.  They are also born with pink noses and pads.  With a few days they will spot  over and turn Chocolate.  All White Chocolate's have Chocolate noses.  They tend to have Green eyes.
Chocolate Merle
Chocolate Merle is the basic color of a Chocolate Cream color with true Chocolate (Liver) spots. All Chocolate Merles will have Chocolate noses. The Chocolate spots will not have peppered hair in them at all.
Liver
Liver's have the body color of Chocolate. The shades can very, but the entire body will be one color.  Liver's tend to fade as they age.  
All Liver's will have Chocolate noses. They will not have peppered hair on them at all. 
Liver N Tan Merle
Liver N Tan Merle is the basic color of a Chocolate Cream color with true Chocolate (Liver) spots and Tan eyebrows, Tan beard and Tan under the tail. Some Liver N Tans can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards. The same as a Liver N Tan AKC Schnauzer would have. All Liver N Tan Merles will have Chocolate noses.
The Chocolate spots will not have peppered hair in them at all.

We would love to have more examples of Liver N Tan Merles, if you have a Liver N Tan Merle please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).
Liver N Tan 
Liver N Tan is the color of a Chocolate on the body with Tan eyebrows, Tan beard and Tan under the tail. Some Liver N Tans can have smuttyness in the eyebrow and beards. The same as a Liver N Tan AKC Schnauzer would have. All Liver N Tans will have Chocolate noses. They will not have peppered hair on them at all.
Liver Pepper Merle
Liver Pepper Merle is the same as a true Liver Pepper AKC Schnauzer, banded shades of Chocolate (Liver) with Chocolate spots. As in original Schnauzers the shades of your peppering can vary. Some Liver Pepper's can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards. Your dark spots can also be peppered. All Liver Pepper Merles will have Chocolate noses. 
Some breeders are calling their dogs Chocolate (Liver) Merles when in fact they are Liver Pepper Merles. To know the difference look for the banded hair.

photos coming soon................ If you have a Liver Pepper Merle please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).

Liver Pepper
Liver Pepper is banded shades of Chocolate with lighter Tan points on the eyebrows, breard and under the tail.   The same as AKC Schnauzers the shades of your peppering can vary. Some Liver Pepper's can have smuttyness in the eyebrows and beards.  All Liver Pepper's  will have Chocolate noses.  
Wheaton Merle
Wheaton Merle is the hardest color for people to understand. Most breeders will mistake them at birth as another color. They come in a Cream, Peach or Apricot looking color. There birth spots are not true and not jet Black. ALL Wheaton Merles have Black noses. Wheaton's will fade out to the Cream color by six months old and you will not see their Merle markings at all for the rest of their life. This is a proven fact about the color. Since they are hard to identify you are welcome to email photos of your puppies to MSCA and we will help you with the color. Most will call them Blue Merle at birth, but they are not Blue at all. For this color I have posted each line with the same dog so you can see some of the major color changes in this color.

Wheaton
Wheaton is the hard color for people to understand.  They come in a Cream, Peach or Apricot looking color.  All Wheaton's have Black noses.

 photos coming soon................ If you have a wheaton please let us know we would be happy to post it here (with credit to you).

Merle Parti
Merle Parti can be a combination of any color above with White that goes over the top line of the dog. Usually they will have mostly White legs too.  Eye and nose color will follow suite of the dogs base color.
Parti 
Parti's can be a combination of any color above with White that goes over the top line of the dog. Usually they will have mostly White legs too.  Eye and nose color will follow suite of the dogs base color.
Pomeranian Foundation Stock Color Only

Brindle

Brindles come in the Pom lines.  They can come in many shades of color of Brindles.  
Photos coming soon....................... 
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