Marking

Striped roan

The striped roan, or banded husky as it was originally known, is possibly even more popular than its cousin the roan. As babies, they look like someone has taken a particularly thick paintbrush and painted a thick, even stripe of colour right the way from eyes to their tails.

Like roans, striped roans fade in colour as they grow, often ending up (much to the fustration of their breeders) as almost pure white by the time they’re fully adult.

Genetics: Two copies of the recessive roaning gene plus hooded (hh roro)

NFRS standard: A strikingly marked bi-colour variety with roan colouration, symmetry and contrast being important impressions. Clearly distinct from existing marked varieties.

  • Pattern: The striped Roan shall have as symmetrical markings as possible. The chest, belly, sides and all the legs to be completely white.
  • Head: A wide inverted V shaped blaze including the whisker bed, coming as close to the eyes as possible without touching the eyes, and coming to a point between the ears. Jaw line and underside of the head must be white. Eye colour to conform to the standard for the base colour.
  • Body: From the head, the colour runs back covering the ears and continues along the body with no suggestion of a hood, in an unbroken horizontal stripe, symmetrical and as straight as possible. The stripe to be approximately 5cm wide. Demarcation shall be as clear cut and even as possible.
  • Tail: Unmarked preferred.
  • Faults: White spots in coloured fur/coloured spots in white fur. Brindled demarcation line, demarcation line too low. Lack of white on face or a completely white face. Stripe too narrow or broken, any suggestions of a hood.