Where do the rare colors of liver (chocolate) come from?
Because the development of the Miniature Schnauzer had input from a variety of other breeds, it created a gene pool for the recessive color of brown - officially called liver but popularly refered to as chocolate. In order to have a chocolate schnauzer puppy, both parents must carry the gene for the color as the color is recessive to all the other schnauzer colors.
What is Parti?
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A Parti schnauzer is one that displays a white base coat with a color overlay in either black, grey or brown. These patches of color can be large or small and cover various parts of the body. Parti is actually a Pattern rather than a color. Because it is a pattern, no two parti schnauzers are the same. The pattern is always different.
Why are chocolate schnauzers more expensive?
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The color "chocolate" or "liver" is the most recessive of all the schnauzer colors. In order to produce it, both parents must carry for the color. Finding schnauzers that are chocolate or carry for chocolate is difficult so when puppies are produced, they are more expensive than schnauzers that are the traditional colors of black, black/silver or salt/pepper
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