There are 5 recognized coat colors in Pembroke Welsh Corgis being red, sable, fawn, black and tan or Tris. They may or may not have white markings. Tris may be black headed or red headed. Fluffies (Long hair), mismarks (too much white) and bluies (Diluted coat color with a smokey appearance – NOT Merles) are considered faults and these dogs can not be shown. Merles and brindles are coat colors found in Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

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These dogs have 2 copies of the dilution gene. Their normal coat color will be diluted resulting in a washed out or bluish appearance.


Born GrayHave a grayish – blue tinge to their coatEyes will be a grayish blue or hazelNose and eye liner will be gray Can be registered with AKC under their primary color but can not be shown in AKC shows.
Born GrayWill be gray in color as puppies and have a gray tinge to hair as adultsEyes will be a grayish blueNose and eye liner will be gray Can be registered with AKC under their primary color but can not be shown in AKC shows.
Born GrayTheir coat is a grayish – blue sable colorEyes will be a grayish blueNose and eye liner will be gray Can be registered with AKC under their primary color but can not be shown in AKC shows.
These dogs have too much white fur for the breed standard.Can be registered with AKC under their primary color but can not be shown in AKC shows.
Merles are not a color found in Pembrokes. This color is found in Cardigans.Merle Corgis have Cardigan or some other breed in their pedigree and can not be registered with AKC. They are not purebred Pembrokes.

The coat color in a Corgi puppy will dramatically change in color from the time that it is a puppy until it is an adult. Sometimes it is very hard to determine what color the dog will be as an adult but an experienced breeder will have a good idea about what color they will end up. Below we show you some pictures of coat color change in our own dogs.

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Note that he started out with a lot of dark hair and no widows peak but the hair on the edge of his ears was dark. Note the masking or widows peak in the last image.