This "wild coloring" coat pattern, is
made up of a downy soft beige undercoat, and outer coat hairs
that are Banded/Tri-colored; the hairs having one or more bands
of black, yellowish-brown, red, or cream color and are called
agouti, after a South American rodent with banded hair.
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Having a high percentage of banded hair produces
the grizzled effect.
The belly color is much lighter and does not
carry banding/ticking. (presence of bands of different color on
the hair shaft.)
The overall agouti coloration are shades of
browns, blacks, reds and creams. A casts of beige, tan, yellow
or red behind the ears, and above the hocks. The coloring
extends far down the legs, with the lighter markings being
The tail tip is black as well as the nose, eye
rims, lip lines and foot pads.
A common form of camouflage in nature, it occurs
to varying degrees in at least some hairs of many animals, both
wild & domestic.