Clear Sable & White

The clear sable coloring can range anywhere from a pale honey-gold color through a deep mahogany red. These coats do not have any black in them. The clear sable coloring is a recessive gene (e) and both parents must carry this gene in order for it to be expressed on the puppy.

The amount of white carried on a sable English Shepherd can range from minor white markings (usually on the chest and feet) to the Irish White markings (chest, feet and/or legs, tail tip, muzzle, with or without a collar and face blaze). The white markings are due to the White Spotting gene. It is possible to have a clear sable English Shepherd with no white at all – solid clear sable.

Clear Sable & White (ee)

Depending on what genes the clear sable and white parent is carrying will determine the coat colors of the puppies. Short of having a genetic test run for all the different coat colors, a breeder can usually determine most of the genes carried by breeding the clear sable and white parent to either a black and tan or tri-color mate. When bred to another clear sable English Shepherd, all puppies will be clear sable.

Along with the recessive Clear Sable gene, it is possible for the dog to carry the sable (ayay or ayat) gene, black and tan (atat), Dominant Black (K) and more.

Noses can fade out to a tan/pinkish color or remain black.