The American Greyhound Track Operators (AGTO)

list 18 Official Colors as listed below:

(view color chart)

Color Name Color Abbreviation Color Name Color Abbreviation
Blue Brindle   BE-BD Brindle   BD
Black & White   BK-W Fawn Brindle   F-BD
Fawn   F White & Black   W-BK
Red Brindle   R-BD Black Brindle   BK-BD
Red Fawn   R-F Red & White   R-W
Light Brindle   LT-BD Blue   BE
Red   R White & Brindle Ticked   W-BD-T
Dark Brindle   DK-BD Black   BK
Dark Red   DK-R White & Brindle   W-BD
       

Anyone who has worked with greyhounds for any length of time knows this list is completely inadequate to describe the number of color variations found in today's racing greyhounds.   In my effort to identify the number of color variations, data was collected for the entire year of 2001 from two separate tracks.  This gave us a data set of 4,126 unique dogs with 62 color variations being reported.  The identified AGTO colors do account for the majority of the dogs at 3,638 or just a little over 88 percent.  

Remember the color designations are as listed from the two tracks.  There are several colors listed that would appear to be the same but listed differently (i.e.: White Ticked & Black vs. White & Black Ticked).  I'm unsure as to the exact differences if any at this time but will endeavor to find out.  There are a couple of colors that I have personally seen that doesn't appear in these lists because they are rolled up into the closest match.  These are the Chocolate or Liver colored grey's  either in solid or a brindle, very pretty but not very common.

For you adopters out there that are looking for a particular color dog just remember their relative occurrence in the population and don't be surprised if the adoption group tells you "So your willing to wait awhile to adopt".  

Lets take a look at how the colors break down:

Category Color Abbreviation Count Category Percent Overall Percent
Brindle     1536  

37.23

  Brindle BD 1000 65.10 24.24
  Red Brindle R-BD 277 18.03 6.71
  Dark Brindle DK-BD 143 9.31 3.47
  Light Brindle LT-BD 51 3.32 1.24
  Fawn Brindle F-BD 46 2.99 1.11
  Black Brindle BK-BD 10 0.65 0.24
  Blue Red Brindle BE-R-BD 3 0.20 0.07
  Light Red Brindle LT-R-BD 3 0.20 0.07
  Red Fawn Brindle R-F-BD 1 0.07 0.02
  Dark Red Brindle DK-R-BD 1 0.07 0.02
  Light Fawn Brindle LT-F-BD 1 0.07 0.02
           
Black     746  

18.08

  Black BK 745 99.87 18.06
  Black Ticked BK-T 1 0.13 0.02
Red     659  

15.97

  Red R 501 76.02 12.14
  Red Fawn R-F 155 23.52 3.76
  Light Red LT-R 3 0.46 0.07
Fawn     237  

5.74

  Fawn F 224 94.51 5.43
  Light Fawn LT-F 10 4.22 0.24
  Dark Fawn DK-F 3 1.27 0.07
White     14  

0.34

  White Ticked W-T 10 71.43 0.24
  White W 4 28.57 0.10
White & Color     774  

18.76

  White & Brindle W-BD 211 27.26 5.11
  White & Red W-R 111 14.34 2.69
  White & Black W-BK 99 12.79 2.40
  White Ticked & Black W-T-BK 73 9.43 1.77
  White & Fawn W-F 67 8.66 1.62
  White Ticked & Brindle W-T-BD 67 8.66 1.62
  White & Red Brindle W-R-BD 43 5.56 1.04
  White Ticked & Red Brindle W-T-R-BD 17 2.20 0.41
  White & Red Fawn W-R-F 12 1.55 0.29
  White & Dark Brindle W-DK-BD 12 1.55 0.29
  White Ticked & Red W-T-R 11 1.42 0.27
  White & Fawn Brindle W-F-BD 10 1.29 0.24
  White & Light Brindle W-LT-BD 7 0.90 0.17
  White & Blue W-BE 6 0.78 0.15
  White Ticked & Fawn W-T-F 5 0.65 0.12
  White Ticked & Dark Brindle W-T-DK-BD 5 0.65 0.12
  White & Blue Brindle W-BE-BD 5 0.65 0.12
  White & Black Brindle W-BK-BD 4 0.52 0.10
  White Ticked & Red Fawn W-T-R-F 2 0.26 0.05
  White Ticked & Blue Brindle W-T-BE-BD 2 0.26 0.05
  White Ticked & Dark Red W-T-DK-R 1 0.13 0.02
  White & Red Ticked W-R-T 1 0.13 0.02
  White & Dark Fawn W-DK-F 1 0.13 0.02
  White & Black Ticked W-BK-T 1 0.13 0.02
  White & Blue Fawn Brindle W-BE-F-BD 1 0.13 0.02
Blue     107  

2.59

  Blue Brindle BE-BD 51 47.66 1.24
  Blue BE 36 33.64 0.87
  Blue Fawn BE-F 13 12.15 0.32
  Blue Fawn Brindle BE-F-BD 6 5.61 0.15
  Dark Blue DK-BE 1 0.93 0.02
Color & White     53  

1.28

  Brindle & White BD-W 13 24.53 0.32
  Red & White R-W 12 22.64 0.29
  Black & White BK-W 10 18.87 0.24
  Fawn & White F-W 5 9.43 0.12
  Red Fawn & White R-F-W 3 5.66 0.07
  Black & White Ticked BK-W-T 3 5.66 0.07
  Blue & White BE-W 2 3.77 0.05
  Dark Brindle & White Ticked DK-BD-W-T 2 3.77 0.05
  Red & White Ticked R-W-T 1 1.89 0.02
  Blue Brindle & White BE-BD-W 1 1.89 0.02
  Red Brindle & White R-BD-W 1 1.89 0.02
           

 

 

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