I think Theo is brindle but I'm not sure.
(Nederland Texas USA )
Theo is a rescue I adopted I'm just curious what color he would be classified as. His nose is dark brown with a chocolate spot in the center and he looks brindle to me.
Hi, Janice Here from Miracle Shih Tzu
It is never easy trying to pin down the exact color of a Shih Tzu Dog when you are viewing photographs.
His hair indeed looks like a brindle but if he has a brown, or chocolate colored nose, he would be classified as a liver.
Livers can be any color, from a very light, almost white colored coat, cream, tan, orange, red, brown, and even the dark color that your dog appears to be.
For whatever reason, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) any time a Shih Tzu has a brown nose, they are classified as liver regardless of what color their coat appears to be.
This is also true of the blue color. Blues can have hair colors of various shades, but if their noses are blue, then they are classified as blue.
The actual hair color can be named on only those Shih Tzu dogs that have a black nose. (Most Shih Tzu dogs do have a black nose as it requires recessive genes in the mix to create brown nosed dogs.)
That just means that black noses are dominant and brown noses are recessive if you remember your high school biology class.
So, if your dog were AKC registered, it would be listed as Liver.
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