T - (dominant) - Ticking

(photo courtesy of Gail Weiberdink)
(photo courtesy of Gail Weiberdink)

Both these pictures are of the same dog - showing ticking. In photos it can be difficult to distinguish between ticking, which is in the coat, and skin spots. This dog is displaying ticking in the coat. Quite often, though, a ticked dog also has skin spots - and the ticking occurs in the coat over the dark spots. Brindle dogs can display ticking that is the shade of both their dark color (black or blue) and their light color (the yellow/fawn shades.)

Ticking is the opposite of roaning - ticking is the appearance of colored hairs in the white spotting areas, while roaning is the appearance of white hairs is the colored areas. Tiny "stiches" of hair (either white in the colored areas or colored hairs in the white areas) that are present at birth are neither roaning or ticking - both these genes only begin to show their effects after birth and as the puppy grows. Sometimes their effects don't appear until after maturity.

This is a clear white dog showing no signs of ticking

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