Understanding the Key of Pigmentation
When a dog is registered as liver or blue, this refers to the dog's pigmentation and not the color of the dog's coat.
- The different colors of the Shih Tzu
- What Liver and Blue really means
What Qualifies a Blue or Liver
A dog may be registered as blue or liver
(which some call chocolate) because of the pigmentation of the dog's skin; not the coat color. Blue and liver dogs lack black pigmentation.
The pigmentation will be on what are called the points: the eye rims, nose, paw pads and lips.
A dog will be registered with the AKC as a "liver" or "blue" because of the pigmentation of the skin, however the coat can be solid white, a cream color, red, dark chocolate brown or any other color that exists within the breed.
Blue is a very rare color. Quite often this hue is misunderstood and for good reason. Blues will be so based on skin pigmentation, and this is a very dark steely navy that can look very much like black. Sometimes, it is only outside in bright sunlight that you will notice the blue tint. While many blue Shih Tzu will have some diluted black on the coat, the coat colors can be any combination.