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Roan Coat Color Progression

There is often a misunderstanding between the roan coat color and a coat with heavy ticking. The roan and/or ticked color is described in many breeds of gundogs, the English Springer Spaniel being one of them. Unlike true roan horses and cattle, (which are roan only in pigmented regions of their coat) roan in dogs manifests itself only in un-pigmented areas. Dogs with roaning or ticking are born with clear, (open) white markings which begin to fill in with flecking shortly after birth and continue to darken with age. Most breed standards use the terms "ticked" when referring to clearly defined flecks on a white background and "roan" when referring to flecks so closely spaced that the mixture appears even. If you look closely, a roan dog has base coat colored hair interspersed evenly throughout the white. A ticked or heavily ticked dog has small spots. Some roan dogs also have ticking. Roan is a dominant trait; therefore you can follow the roan coat color back through the pedigree of a dog.

Roan does not spontaneously appear within a litter without a roan parent.

Below are progressive pictures of some of our roan puppies:

Willoughby's Mercy Me RN CGCA

at 7 months and 11 months

King Henry Of Willoughby BN RN CGCA

at one year, 16 months and 2 1/2 years

Willoughby's Son Of A Gun -

Pictured at 1-4 weeks old

5-8 weeks old

9 weeks - 14 weeks and as an adult




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