Before buying a puppy it’s useful to know that every breed of pedigree dog has a list of ideal recognised colours described in their breed standard (a description and guide to what a breed looks and acts like).
In doing your research to find a puppy, you may have come across adverts for dogs that have ‘unusual’ colouring. Before deciding to buy one of these ‘rare’ coloured dogs, there are some things you need to know first.
Are they really rare?
How much should they cost?
Your puppy’s health and happiness
Each breeds health screening recommendations can be found in our Breeds A-Z.
Be vigilant and do your homework!
Never buy from anyone you think hasn’t taken every step to make a puppy’s health their priority. If you suspect someone is a puppy ‘farmer’ (someone breeding dogs in poor conditions with no thought for their care or welfare), then please report them to the RSPCA, the police or your local authority who are responsible for licensing breeders.
Kennel Club registration and colours
- Breed standard colours - Each breed has a list of breed standard colours. These are colours that are acceptable within the breed and confirmed within the breed standard.
- Non-breed standard colours - Dogs may also be registered under a non-breed-standard colour. This means that the colour can occur in the breed, but it doesn’t meet the breed standard criteria.
- Unexpected colours - If a dog isn’t a breed standard or a non-breed-standard colour, then it might indicate that the colour might have come from another type of dog during a cross between two different breeds at some point in their ancestry. This could suggest that if you’re buying a dog with an unexpected colour, then you might not be getting what you think you’re paying for.