Markings and guides belong to Tokotas
Barring (or "Barred") results in dark banding and speckling across
the tokota, usually restricted to certain body areas.
Barring is meant to vaguely resemble owl markings, like those on the wings and neck.
Given that this is fur and not feathers, however, barring will never be straight bands,
but rather either broken "lines" of color or intense spotting in concentrated areas.
Barring is always darker than the base coat unless the reversal mutation is present.
Barring covers all markings aside from seal, piebald, and all piebald extensions.
It will not display on albino or bloodmark coats, but does
display on melanistic and luecistic tokotas.
Pictured below in orange is the acceptable range of barring;
pictured in red are the common zones of concentration.
Barring will never appear on the legs, muzzle,
straight across the midsection, or the end of the tail.
On the left is a rough minimum
of barring, and on the right is a rough maximum
At minimum, one or two noticeable areas of barring should be present.
Remember, your barring should never resemble brindle, or cover the entire body.
It must be broken up into concentrated zones like those above.
The following patterns and styles are all acceptable representations of the barring gene.Note: Your barring pattern should never resemble flecking, bearmarks or rainmarks!
What not to do:
Too thick and resembles bearmarks.
Barring should never be just squiggly lines!
Unless the reversal gene is present, barring should always be darker
it is crossing. Barring may have a slight gradient, and may fade out into the base coat.
It must be saturated in accordance with the base coat,
and cannot be grey unless the graying gene is present.
Good examples of Barred Tokotas