With hundreds of dog breeds from all over the world and the intermixing of those breeds, you’re likely to get a one in a million pup, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From spotted dogs to literal dip-dyed dogs, these canines have some of the most fascinating coats of fur. You may not have heard of terms like “brindle” and “dapple” but if you have a dog with a unique coat, you might just learn a little bit more about them!
It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White
Things aren’t always so black and white—except for when they are. This pouty pooch looks like he slept on his side in a puddle of black paint. But this “half-dipped” look is a result of a hair pattern called bicolor.
When a dog’s coat is approximately half white and half of another color, it’s a bicolor coat. Based on the look on this one’s face, the approximation appears to be exact!
A Dappled Dachshund With Eyes That Could Kill
Just look at these adorable, light-colored puppy dog eyes! They’re the perfect compliment to this dachshund’s dapple coat. While his snout, eyes, and legs are an average red, his back appears to be grey dappled with dark brown.
This little guy has a lot going on with is coat because no one side is uniform. Even his smooth, white chest is a different color from the rest of his fur!
The Dog Behind The Mask
This dog looks like she has a mask on her face with the way the black fur circles perfectly around her eyes. She also has a smattering of circular black spots on her back. Based on the sparseness of the black patches in her fur, this dog could either be a spotted dog or a tricolor dog.
The black patches are a stark contrast from the rest of the dog’s fur, especially the paws which have no pigment.
A Husky You Can Easily Spot
This is a piebald husky puppy. Piebald patterns are mostly white with patches of color across their coats. In this husky’s case, black spots make him stand out among the crowd. The pigment of his skin may or may not be entirely white underneath the spots, but it is determined by the migration of melanoblasts while this pup was still in utero.
Either way, he wouldn’t be able to blend in with the white snow if he tried.
This German Shepherd Has A Case Of Merle
This German Shepherd-type dog looks like he once had the standard black and yellow coat but then he started to morph into a dog with a merle coat. In this dog’s case, he is of the blue merle variety with mottled black patches over the majority of his coat.
As beautiful as the merle gene is, it comes with health complications. This dog is more prone to develop skin cancer from too much sun exposure.
A Boop Filled With Love
This dog has a heart-shaped nose, which is most likely the result of a spotted pattern inherent in this dog’s coat. Though we can’t know for sure what this dog’s coat looks like since we can only see her face, that alone is enough to show what a cutie this one is.
The ears and the spots around the heart-shaped nose are just more testaments to the fact that this is likely a spotted dog.
These Dogs Have Two Competing Genes
This spotted puppy has eyes that will make your heart melt. While two of the canine siblings came out with pure black fur, the other two appear to be of the chimera variety. Chimera in animals and humans occurs when an organism has cells that are genetically distinct from each other.
This is to say that cells of these puppies didn’t come together to form a new unique cell and instead, maintained their own characteristics.
A Freckled Furry Friend
This freckled friend is supposedly an Australian cattle dog mix. It is said that when Australian cattle dogs mix with other breeds, they sometimes result in having this unique freckled pattern on their fur.
Based on the way her spots are prevalent throughout her coat, we’d say that she has a tick pattern. Interestingly enough, puppies who are born with the tick pattern gene don’t start developing their spots until they’re older.
This Dog Mustache You A Question
This little guy has some serious ‘stache game that will definitely impress the ladies. Coupled with his puppy-dog eyes and the speckles on his nose, how could you deny something so adorable?
This puppy could also be of the merle variety based on the random placement of its black patches of fur, but you wouldn’t know until he reached full maturity since fur patterns can change as dogs get older.
This Dachshund Pup Has A Lot Going On
This dachshund puppy has a lot of different patterns going on with its fur. Half of her coat is entirely white, while the other half is black with brown accents. It looks like she’s two different dogs at the same time!
The spotted pattern on her hind may be a roan pattern, similar to ticked coats. This happens when white hairs and pigmented hairs are so close together that they create a silvery grey look.
The Saddest Little Dapple You’ve Ever Seen
This dachshund puppy has a case of merle going on. Dachshunds with merle coats are referred to as dapples. The black speckled tan fur that covers this pup’s brown fur makes her look wise beyond her years.
We bet her owners were hopeful that her coat didn’t change as she grew older. It would be a shame to lose such a uniquely beautiful coat like this one but this dog would still be cute regardless.
We Hope This Panda Dog Hasn’t Been Dyed
This looks like a Boston Terrier puppy based on its large pointy ears and short, wrinkle-free muzzle. Many Boston Terriers are already bicolor dogs that are predisposed to having some variation of black and white coats.
But this Boston Terrier is extra special because its coloring came out precisely like a panda’s! He has dark patches around his eyes and on his extremities, just like the popular Chinese bear we all know.
A Happy Chimera Dog Displays Its Colors
Here is another doggo that apparently has chimera. To give you an idea of how this is possible, imagine two different embryos fusing to create one single organism. Because both of the embryos were individual from each other, the resulting organism will have the genetics of two different individuals at one time.
We’re guessing this dog is a Labrador retriever whose parents were a black lab and a yellow lab.
She Clearly Has A Lot Of Love
This loyal girl doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeve—she wears it on her chest! It’s a total coincidence that the patch of white on her chest came out in the shape of a heart. This type of coloring is called a tuxedo coat.
This occurs when a primarily black or brown dog has a pure patch of white on its chest that sometimes extends to the chin and the paws.
Dogs Can Have Vitiligo Too
This dog has a case of vitiligo, which you may have heard of as a human skin condition but it can also affect animals as well. The condition isn’t harmful to dogs, who can develop what is called “focal” vitiligo on the nose or “generalized” vitiligo all over its coat.
This dog has the latter case, and his coat is extremely unique. Have you ever seen a dog with two spots about their eyes like this?
These Wild Dogs Have Wild Coats
This is not your average domesticated dog but in fact, it is an African wild dog. These wild animals are also known as painted hunting dogs for their distinct coats. The variation in these animals’ coats is extreme and is likely a tool they use to identify each other from over 50 meters away.
Sadly, these dogs lose their fur as they get older and there are many older African wild dogs that are completely naked.
It’s Not What You Think It Is
This exotic-looking dog was spotted in India and while it may trick viewers into thinking it has a rare coat, sources on the Internet imply that this dog actually got a hair dye treatment. Finding a dog that has actual anomalies in its genes to create a unique coat is not easy.
But because of the high demand for such a rarity, many people take to dyeing dog fur in order to make a sale.
The Fluffiest “Tiger” You’ll Ever See
This is an Australian Shepherd-Husky mix with a beautifully fluffy brindle coat. Brindle coats are similar to merle coats, except these ones are characteristically “tiger-striped.” It happens when a dark, irregular pattern develops on a coat that is primarily lighter.
Being part Husky already makes this dog pretty fierce but with stripes like a tiger, that fierceness is amplified. This is one dog whose look is one in a million.
Have You Heard Of The Panda Shepherd?
Just like the trend of panda dogs in Asia, there have also been murmurs of the “panda shepherd.” Fortunately, these types of dogs weren’t artificially created but rather, their unique coat is a result of a gene mutation.
This dog, in particular, was found to be the offspring of two pure-bred German Shepherds but a mutation in her genes caused a white tuxedo coloring on her front side, much to the surprise of scientists.
These Panda Dogs Aren’t What You Think
These are adorable little panda puppies. Their markings make them look like tiny little pandas. Unfortunately, this likely wasn’t a natural occurrence but rather, the result of a popular pet craze in Asia.
People have become obsessed with panda-like dogs and to meet demands, breeders will dye the dogs’ fur to make them look like pandas. At the very least, a pet-safe hair dye is reportedly used for these innocent pups.