By Janice Jones | Last Updated February 21, 2019
Looking for tan dog names for your pale brown dog?
We started searching for a perfect name for our new gold Shih Tzu and learned that similar dog colors have very different names depending on a breed.
So this page is devoted to all of those Cream, Beige, Tan, Buff, Gold, Fawn, Lemon, Fallow, Wheaten and Isabella Colored Dogs that need a terrific name.
So many words mean basically the same thing in the English Dictionary and we use these descriptive words to describe the color of our dog’s hair or fur. Think Beige, Tan, Cream, Buff or golden. All mean lighter shades of brown.
When it comes to small dogs, the lighter shades of brown also have different names.Consider these dogs: They are all of similar color, but how we name the color is different.
Pug: Fawn (for show dogs) but also apricot
Italian Greyhound: Cream, Fawn, Sable
Poodle: Apricot, Cream
Brussels Griffon: Tan, Wheaton
French Bulldog: Cream, Fawn, Cream and White
Lhasa Apso: Cream, Golden
Shih Tzu: Gold
In addition to the dog breed samples above, you may also see Sandy, Lemon, Buff Fallow and Isabella. For a complete list of tan dog colors, check out this page
Why so many different terms to describe basically the same color, you might ask.
Each dog breed has a breed standard that was written when the breed was first introduced and it is up to the national breed club to write the standard and determine which color words best describe the coat of their breed.
While they may all be similar, there is enough differences in each to warrant different terms to represent the colors.
Without getting technical, there is a whole branch of genetics that deals with canine coat colors and how each breed comes up with their colors depends on the genes.
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing for you cream, beige, tan or gold dog. Find one that matches your dog's coloring.
Corkie or Corky
Dahlia (yellow flower)
Kin (Japanese for Gold)
Kula (Gold in Hawaiian)
Pepper (Yellow peppers)
Poppy (Golden poppy)
Saffron (Yellow flower)
Skippy (peanut butter)
Yarrow (yellow flower)