ND Suggested Colors & Patterns

Suggested Standard Colors/Pattern Descriptions for Nigerian Dwarfs.
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Basic Color Families

ranges from a very dark black to a black that has red tones and almost looks brown
Suggested browns: chocolate, very dark brown, medium browns and light browns. Lighter browns a probably brown roan
cream, gold, dark gold and red gold are suggested color names
White Gold
coat appears to be white, but is genetically gold

Patterns & Markings

Belted or Branded
A full or partial white band around the middle of the goat - can be broken or spotted
Black and Tan
Black body with tan facial stripes and socks (not buckskin)
Same color on cape, legs, facial and dorsal stripe and tail. This pattern is usually a dark cape and light rump. Can be broken with white and other other color markings.
Light bay to dark mahogany with black or dark brown dorsal, belly and legs
coat is mostly white with dark markings usually on the head and sometimes the legs. Body can be lightly spotted
overlaid on buckskin pattern - note tricolor leg markings
a coat of any color that is thickly sprinkled with white hairs
irregular white patches of white and black or other dark color
Random Markings
Can be minimal or extensive and combined with any color or color pattern

Moon Spots
Random spots of any color superimposed over a coat of any color
Dorsal Stripe
A darker stripe running down the dorsal (back)
Facial Stripe
Darker stripes running down from the eyes to the same point on each side of the nose, as part of the buckskin pattern
Facial Stripe
Darker stripes running down from the eyes to the same point on each side of the nose, facial stripes on gold
Frosted ears and nose
White hairs around the nose and/or ears that can very light to heavy
Blue eyes
By using a combination of the above colors and patterns, dwarves can be described briefly and accurately on the registration application, with the meaning of the terms understood by all breeders.

These pattern and color definitions are suggested for use but are not required.

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