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Importance of coat color in choosing a new cat or dog?

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  • #21
    I find certain colors less appealing but I can't imagine turning away the perfect animal because of color. When I took in the dumpster kitty my boyfriend joked that I chose her because she matched the decor of my place. I like to think that it was a nice bonus


    • #22
      So glad you started this thread! I was going to start a similar one about Fur Bigotry.

      I was raised to reject long-hair cats by my momma who rejects vacuuming. Sadly, the preference for short-haired cats has stuck, even though I have been vacuuming out of self-defense since I was a child and I like it.

      But I take that up a notch. I like thick, short fur. No reeking fur. Good fur is key. I can roll with whatever color. Apparently, I have been into fur since I was little.
      The armchair saddler
      Politically Pro-Cat


      • #23
        If I had my druthers, I would go adopt myself a large orange, black or blue short haired male cat with no white. Couldn't tell ya the last time I got to pick my own cat out though... they find me.

        I do not care for long haired cats because of the added grooming requirements, so of course I have two now.

        The only color I don't care for is white- white animals just look odd to me. However, I love gray horses and of course have owned a white (long haired, no less!) cat.

        As others have said, there are colors I gravitate towards but it's hardly the end all. Current dog was selected because he was the only puppy in two co-mingling litters who was happily dozing while his litter mates/cousins went ape-shi* from over stimulation around him. He's pretty interestingly colored, but all I saw was *calm*. I didn't notice how unique his markings were until I took him for his first vet check up and it was pointed out to me.
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        • #24
          Over the last 10 years owning this farm, we just took what came here...the first 5 years all black cats showed up (I joked that people would think we were witches); the last 5 years the colors shifted to grey tigers. Now, last year I decided to pick...and got my black/white male I wanted; I also wanted an orange male and a true calico, but alas, the kittens that I ended up with are a grey siamese mix and the steel grey kitten that rode from St. Louis MO to Zeeland MI in my husband's towed car. So, right now I have 8 grey types, one black (leftover from the first flux), the ex-neighbors abandoned torti (who we love!) and my b/w male. I have my eyes open for an orange kitten and a calico this year. Oh, five of these are the "barn cats" who live in either the heated garage or basement at night (the rest are older indoor kitties), so they are not all in the house LOL!


          • #25
            We have a yellow lab, golden retriever mix, red tri Aussie, cream color schnoodle, and a black but "roaning' poodle mix, as well as a weimaraner, light grey, and a week ago lost our black tri Aussie. I think it's a nice variety!
            Like others have said, we have preferences amongst certain breeds. MrB will always have a soft spot for black tri aussies, but we both really like blue merles (even then how they're marked helps, too). We fostered another weimaraner who was a steel gray color and thought he was just gorgeous in color.
            I always thought it was kinda sucky that gray horses changed so much, like your horse never would stay the same. But my poodle mix started out jet black and is now an overall gray color, and it's not so bad
            The lady who runs our rescue has a lot of dogs and they are ALL black or black and tan with one schnauzer exception. That IS her type!


            • #26
              Double post
              Last edited by bits619; Mar. 10, 2013, 01:30 PM.


              • #27
                On our farm, rescued animals do not get picked based on color. When the animals are dropped off, there is no choosing either.

                The only time color would matter to me is if I was picking out a dog from a breeder, I would want black and tan instead of the dilute colors that Dobies come in.
                I LOVE my Chickens!


                • #28
                  Hubs likes spotted animals. I don't much care one way or the other. However, spots are a show ring disqualifier in the dog breed I wanted. I told hubby he was just going to have to suck it up. When I was contacting breeders my criterion (apart from the obvious health checks etc. one would expect of a good breeder) was that the tails be left intact. (I don't approve of tail docking unless there's some necessary health reason.) Anyhow, when I contacted one breeder, she had a wildly mismarked puppy with an asymmetrical white splash across half his muzzle. All the rest of the large litter had gone to homes, but people didn't really want the funny looking puppy. Sold!


                  • #29
                    Originally posted by carp View Post
                    Hubs likes spotted animals. I don't much care one way or the other. However, spots are a show ring disqualifier in the dog breed I wanted. I told hubby he was just going to have to suck it up. When I was contacting breeders my criterion (apart from the obvious health checks etc. one would expect of a good breeder) was that the tails be left intact. (I don't approve of tail docking unless there's some necessary health reason.) Anyhow, when I contacted one breeder, she had a wildly mismarked puppy with an asymmetrical white splash across half his muzzle. All the rest of the large litter had gone to homes, but people didn't really want the funny looking puppy. Sold!
                    Did they leave the tail? I would be surprised that a breeder of a docked tail breed would leave one long, even if it was strangely marked - the markings of a puppy just a day or two old are not very reliable unless they are tremendously wrong. A puppy from my dog's litter was so white it looked bizarre as a two day old puppy, but by 8 weeks he looked pretty normal and as an adult you would never have thought that the breeder was worried about the markings. Of course, in my breed the markings *shouldn't* make a difference for conformation showing, so there are very few 'disqualifying' coat patterns/colors - certainly not any you would know at 2 days old.


                    • #30
                      The first dog I actually picked out was supposed to be a tri Corgi and I ended up with a red and white.

                      She was my heart dog.

                      the next puppy will probably be a toy poodle and I'd like silver, cream or white. Anything but black, as I can't see their eyes well. Tho I think I'd take black over apricot.


                      • #31
                        I don't care what color adopts me. Currently, I have two spotted tabbies (sisters), one tortie, one tuxedo, and one grey/white. I've had every color in my past. Just like in horses, personality means more to me than color.


                        • #32
                          I prefer that my animals be different colors. I like to be able to ID them using peripheral vision.

                          My parents have two black and white cats and it annoys me. My friend's three black chows are the worst!

                          I also prefer medium coats. I like fluffy tails.


                          • #33
                            You really have to have one of every color so that when you go to work, someone's hair shows up on you.

                            Honestly, I'd love to have one blue point female siamese again; however, there are just too many strays that find me. Outside I have a b/w tux and a bunch of dilute red/white. Oh, and a brown tabby - she's cute! http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1.../browncat2.jpg

                            Inside, I have orange, grey, b/w, solid black and tortie. All I'm missing is white. She died a few years ago.
                            "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com


                            • #34
                              For my mandatory mixed breed dog that I always have along with my show dogs, I really do not have a color preference although I tend to stay away from white. White coated dogs in general have more sensitive skin and white is linked to certain disorders such as deafness that I prefer to not have to deal with. I get my white fix from my man clients that have bichons, maltese, poodles etc. I think white that is clean and well groomed is singularly attractive. For cats I have no preference although mackerel tabbies are particularly attractive to my eye, although I have never owned one. All my cats have been found, or rescued so I base on availability and temperment.


                              • #35
                                I have owned several different color cats in my life time, most were strays or cats that needed to find a forever home. Most have been tiger striped or calico then my dad came home with an orange one and he has had at least one orange cat since. They are very 'dog' like, people oriented, and goofy. He has always gone to the shelter to get his beloved orange tabbies.

                                I on the other hand could not care less what color but given a choice I tend to lean towards black or dark colored pets.


                                • #36
                                  I knew people who always had to have orange tab male cats. In their opinion orange tabby males tended to be friendlier, sweeter, and cuddlier on average and they wanted a cat that would be safe for their elderly, ailing grandmother, who lived with them. I thought it was kind of hokey until the vet said the same thing while handling my own orange tab cat (who was a sweetheart.)

                                  If I'm getting a cat from the rescue, all else being equal, I go in with the mindset that I want a black cat. I've heard that they tend to be less adoptable. My grandfather, by accident, established a tradition of always having one black cat around the house. (Rural area, lots of drop-offs. Plenty of cats, but it just worked out that there was always one black one about.) Every one of the cats was named Spooky. When he died and my parents moved in, a new black cat had recently taken up residence. Since there was still a Spooky on the property, the newbie was dubbed Spooky Too. So, obviously, when I get my black barn cat, it will be named Three. (Watch me come home from the rescue with a white cat.)
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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Event4Life View Post
                                    I don't really care what breed people get, or if the breed matches their personality/persona as long as they do their research and know why they want that particular breed. Thats why breed is different than colour IMO. There's a good reason you may want a labrador rather than a german shepherd, but no real good reason why you would want a brown dog over a yellow dog.
                                    There's frequently no "good" reason why a person wants a particular breed, either. There's a logical reason - this breed scares people, so having one will intimidate others and allow me to feel strong - but it's as lousy a reason as wanting a black dog to go with the drapes. Color may be shallow, but it's generally harmless.


                                    • #38
                                      Most of the dogs in my breed are red and it's my preference. I wouldn't mind the other two standard colors, but I like to show so I'm looking at type first.
                                      I never wanted a chestnut mare as it's not my favorite color, but the best horse was chestnut. I've come to really like her color. She is a metallic copper with a flaxen tail and I love her.
                                      You are what you dare.


                                      • #39
                                        I purchased my first dog from a breeder and based my decision partially on color (Cavalier and I wanted a tri-color). The rest of my animals were adopted through the humane society and color had no bearing on my decision, cuteness and personality did! And I find animals of all shapes, sizes, colors, and breeds to be cute I grew up with black lab mixes and have a fondness for black dogs, but have not ended up with one myself (yet!). My cats are both tigers so their hairs have brown, black, and white all in the same strand so the hair shows up no matter what color clothing I wear
                                        "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by threedogpack View Post
                                          The first dog I actually picked out was supposed to be a tri Corgi and I ended up with a red and white.

                                          She was my heart dog.

                                          the next puppy will probably be a toy poodle and I'd like silver, cream or white. Anything but black, as I can't see their eyes well. Tho I think I'd take black over apricot.
                                          That's funny, my last dog was a corgi mix (mostly corgi- black and white with some brown), and I was looking for another corgi, but whenever I found one, they reminded me too much of my old dog, so I ended up with a mini poodle! He's silver , and not at all what I thought I wanted, but I like the change. Love the no shedding/hypoallergenic thing. I may go back to corgis (IMO, the best dogs ever), but who knows I really may love this poodle thing....
                                          As far as color, eh... I like breeds, and there are certain colors I like in those breeds, but it's not a big deal to me. Markings are more attractive to me than colors. My corgi x basenji was mostly black and white and had the most interesting markings. She had eyebrows and cheeks (that was her only brown), and bc she looked like a corgi so much, ppl often thought i got her from a specialty breeder.