AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors

What Color Do Miniature Schnauzers Come In??

And what is AKC breed standard

The U.S. Miniature Schnauzer Breed Standard Recognize three color: Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, and Solid Black. These three colors are referred as the only colors recognized. This simply means these three colors are the only allowed colors to meet breed standard and conformation showing. The Solid Black, Salt and Pepper and Black and Silver are the traditional colors for the Miniature Schnauzer Breed.

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors

The Miniature Schnauzer comes in a variety of colors which are not breed standards colors. They come in nonstandard colors which are referred to as rare colors.

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors


  1. White
  2. White Chocolate
  3. Platinum Silver
  4. Wheat
  5. Liver or Chocolate
  6. Liver Tan
  7. Liver Pepper
  8. Salt & Pepper Parti
  9. Platinum Silver Parti
  10. Black & Silver Parti
  11. Black Parti
  12. Liver Parti
  13. Liver Tan Parti
  14. Liver Pepper Parti

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does recognize nonstandard colors and does register the nonstandard colors as purebred Miniature Schnauzers.

Nonstandard colors are allowed to participate in AKC sanctions events

except Conformation Showing.

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors

Registering Nonstandard Colors

The AKC requires two picture front view and side view along with your puppy's AKC registration paperwork.

All Nonstandard colors need must have two picture full front and Side!

You need to address the envelope to the AKC.


  1. Salt & Pepper-167
  2. Black & Silver-016
  3. Black-007
  4. White-199
  5. Liver Tan-123
  6. Liver Pepper-498
  7. Wheat-224
  8. Parti-038

Please Contact the AKC if you have any questions. They have more information if needed.

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors

Black AKC color code: 007

Salt And Pepper AKC color code: 167

Salt and Pepper come in different shades.

Black and Silver AKC color code: 016

AKC Miniature Schnauzers Colors


Black AKC color code: 007

Solid black bodies. It is acceptable for black schnauzers to have some white on their chin, chest and or toes tips of toes. They have black eyes, black pads and black nose. Black schnauzers' hair will lighten to a dark gray like humans, as they get older. It's okay for them to have white on their feet which will often look like boots. 

Black and Silver

Black and Silver Born with solid black bodies and copper/bronze markings (which will turn a white) on the muzzle, eyebrows, and inside the ears, across the chest, down the legs on the feet and underneath the tail. Black eyes, black pads and a black nose.

The Black and Silver generally follows the same pattern as the Salt and Pepper. The entire Salt and Pepper must be black. The black color on topcoat of the black and silver is a true rich color with black under coat. The striped portion is free from any fading or brown tinge and should be dark. You don't need to send pictures when registering the standard colors!

Black and Silver Parti

Black Parti

Black Parti AKC color code:023

Black Parti's are also known as black parti. Born with white bodies and have patches of black. Black parti's each have their own pattern. The Black and White parti has black eyes, black pads and black nose.

Light/dark Salt and Pepper or Silver

Salt and Pepper AKC color code: 167

Born with banded hair that turns silver as adults. Banded hair means you have three shades of color on each strain of hair instead of just one solid color. They can be born so dark they look black and silver, they are called dark Salt and Peppers. Most salt and pepper schnauzers are described as silver or grey in color, Platinum Silver Schnauzers appear white as adults. Platinum Silvers are Salt and Pepper not white schnauzers. white schnauzers are born white and stay that way!

Salt and Pepper Parti / Blue Eyes

Salt and Pepper Parti AKC color code: 023. Born with solid white bodies and have brown/ grey banded hair (which will turn silver). Their eyes are black, black pads and a black nose.

Liver and Tan phantom

Liver and Tan

Liver/Tan or Chocolate / Tan AKC color code:124

Born with a sold chocolate bodies and cream/tan markings on their eyebrows, muzzle, inside the ears, across the chest, down the legs on the feet and underneath the tail, like the black and silver, just brown. Their eyes are brown or green, chocolate pads and chocolate- brown nose. You can tell their color if you look at the pads and color of nose.

Liver and tan phantom parti

Liver parti

Liver and Tan Parti

Liver/Chocolate Parti AKC color code: 023

Chocolate and White Parti are born with white bodies and have spots/ patches of chocolate. Each has their own pattern. Their eyes are brown or green, chocolate pads and chocolate nose.

Liver or Chocolate

Dark liver, light Liver/Chocolate

Liver or Chocolate AKC color code: 123

Liver just means chocolate. The liver schnauzer and chocolate schnauzer are one in the same! Born with solid chocolate bodies. Some white on the chest, chin and or tips of white on toes, this is okay and usually preferred. They have brown or green eyes, chocolate pads and nose.


Cream parti

Liver pepper parti

Liver Pepper AKC color code: 498

Liver pepper schnauzers are in the chocolate family; They basically are chocolate version of the salt and pepper. Liver pepper schnauzers are born the color of brown paper bag with banded hair, and it will lighten as they get older. Because liver pepper ranges drastically in shade light and dark they won't look the same, most adults will appear in varying shades of cream to white, some liver pepper schnauzers will even "platinum out" like a salt and pepper. This is when they lighten so much, they almost look white to off white in color. Liver pepper schnauzers have green or brown eyes, chocolate nose and pads.


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