Portrait of a 9-months English cocker spaniel in birch forest, against red leaves foliage.
The Sable is a cocker variety with golden tan and black hair. It seems to have black tipped hair at first glance, however the hair is intermingled, giving the coat an appeareance that resembles sand (noun is derived from the French sablé). The variety shouldnt be confused for black and tan, where hair is not intertwined. The face usually contains more tan colours (varieties of gold, chocolate or brown are all acceptable) and black hairs look smudged, giving the dog a painted look. The sable cockers colours are not permanently established until 12 months of age.