Colors of the
There are three recognized colors in the Bloodhound.
Black & Tan
Liver & Tan
This page has photos of all three
colors, and some of the variations of each To our right are pictures
of a color not explained in our standard. To make a complicated
issue easy to put into words for understanding, I am going to give a
very basic explaination of color. This is what is known as a light
skinned red. They have the same coloring as the liver and tan dog,
but do not carry the saddle. The eyes are yellow, or a light hazel,
and the nose is liver. They are registered as Reds with the AKC and
will carry the recessive Liver gene. There is no disqualifying color
in the breed, and although the light skinned red is not preferred,
they can be very beautiful dogs.
Cello finished his championship easily
in one short summer.
To the right, is Peaches. She is Liver
Peaches is pictured being held at 5
weeks and arriving at her new home at 8 weeks. As you can see, this
breed grows very quickly!
The Black & Tan puppy is born almost
completely black. Parts of the legs may have a silver tint to them
which will eventually turn tan. This B/T puppy is about 2 1/2 weeks
of age. Next to her is a 7 week old Red with a black mask. This is
known as a dark skinned Red. Some dark skinned reds do not carry the
black mask, but their eyes are a deep hazel and their noses are
black. The Red has the same coloring as the Black & Tan, but
without the saddle.
The puppy on dad's shoulder is actually
a Red. He was born with a heavy black coloring, but not solid black.
He will grow up to carry that beautiful black mask, and due to his
black stripe he will turn a very rich color of
Zephyrus is shown at 8 weeks. He lost
much of his mask around his mouth and eyes, as he got older. This
left him just a rim around the eyes and mouth.