Cocker Spaniel
Coat Color
Inheritance Chart

A crash course in Cocker genetics, to help you predict the coat colors in a litter of pups!

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  Black Black with
recessive red
Black with
recessive brown
Black with
recessive brown
& recessive red
Red with
recessive black
Red with
recessive black
& recessive brown
Red with
recessive
brown
Brown Brown with
recessive red
Black All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
All
Black
Black with
recessive red
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ Red
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ Red
½ Black
½ Red
½ Black
½ Red
½ Black
½ Red
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ Red
Black with
recessive brown
All
Black
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ brown
¾ Black
¼ brown
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ brown
½ Black
½ brown
½ Black
½ brown
½ Black
½ brown
Black with
recessive brown
& recessive red
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ Red
¾ Black
¼ brown
9/16 Black
¼ Red
3/16 brown
½ Black
½ Red
3/8 Black
½ Red
1/8 brown
¼ Black
½ Red
¼ brown
½ Black
½ brown
3/8 Black
¼ Red
3/8 brown
Red with
recessive black
All
Black
½ Black
½ Red
All
Black
½ Black
½ Red
All
Red
All
Red
All
Red
All
Black
½ Black
½ Red
Red with
recessive black
& recessive brown
All
Black
½ Black
½ Red
¾ Black
¼ brown
3/8 Black
½ Red
1/8 brown
All
Red
 
All
Red
All
Red
½ Black
½ brown
¼ Black
½ Red
¼ brown
Red with
recessive
brown
All
Black
½ Black
½ Red
½ Black
½ brown
¼ Black
½ Red
¼ brown
All
Red
All
Red
All
Red
All
brown
½ brown
½ Red
Brown All
Black
All
Black
½ Black
½ brown
½ Black
½ brown
All
Black
½ Black
½ brown
All
brown
All
brown
All
brown
Brown with
recessive red
All
Black
¾ Black
¼ Red
½ Black
½ brown
3/8 Black
¼ Red
3/8 brown
½ Black
½ Red
¼ Black
½ Red
¼ brown
½ brown
½ Red
All
brown
¾ brown
¼ Red
based on research by VetGen, the folks behind the "ChromaGene™" Coat Color Prediction Service

Notes:

This chart can be applied to partis or solids.  For partis, just ignore the white coat color.  For example, for black & white partis, ignore the white and use the chart for black coats.  For solids: everywhere it says red on the chart, just replace the word red in your mind with the word buff instead.

This chart only considers the basic Cocker coat colors:  black, red, and brown.  Sable, roan, merle, etc. are not considered.

For the purposes of this chart, ignore tan points.

For this chart to be much use to you, it's important to know whether your dog carries any recessive coat color genes.  You can make some guesses based on your dog's pedigree, or based on any previous litters your dog has had.  For a more definitive answer, use VetGen's "ChromaGene™" Coat Color Prediction Service.


If you've got a litter of puppies on the way, you'll probably also enjoy:

How To Whelp A Litter Of Puppies

How To Groom A Cocker Spaniel

A Tour Of Our Puppy Palace (Where Our Puppies Were Born)

Cocker Spaniel Videos


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