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Design Guide - Flecking

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 2:25 AM

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 Flecking is similar to ticking in dogs, and creates small to medium-sized spots of darker color on the coat.

Flecking shows over all markings other than dun, shadowmarks, vitiligo and barring.
It may optionally show fully or faintly over piebald (+ piebald's extensions).
On seal tokotas, flecking shows above the white base but below the grease spots.

Like bearmarks and starmarks, flecking will always travel in one direction where the fur is longer.
On the legs and face where the fur is shorter, flecking can instead resemble freckles.

Note: Flecking should never create swirls or unnatural patterns!


Flecking can appear anywhere on the Tokota.

Left: flecking in longer fur zones || Right: flecking "freckles" on legs and face
Based on your own preferences, you can choose to display flecking in either style, or both at the same time.

Minimum / Maximum

Approximate minimum (left) and maximum (right) for flecking:


At minimum, several flecks must be present in the design.
They can be scattered throughout the design or concentrated in one area.


At maximum, flecking can cover most of the body.
It should not be so condensed overall that it creates a texture or blanket of color, but it can have condensed or clustered areas (see below).


Flecking may be more condensed and clustered in the dark blue range.
In the light blue range it should be much more sparse (unless on the feet, which may have freckling).

Example of clustered or condensed flecking:
Ellie 15105 by TotemSpirit


Flecking must always be darker than whatever it is overlapping and can
range anywhere from a few shades darker than the base coat/marking to pure black.
Flecking should never be grey unless the greying modifier is present.

Flecks must be dark enough to be easily visible, but may have subtle gradients and shifts in color.
They may also fade out into the base coat. 

Size and Shape

An example of varying flecking sizes:

Approximate size of flecking above. Some flecks may be smaller or slightly larger (see below for larger spotting).
Flecks are never perfectly round unless concentrated on the face or legs. They should follow the flow of the fur.

:new: Spotting

Flecking may create scattered spotting across the tokota, a collection of larger flecks.
These should be distributed across the body, and follow the same density rules as stated above.

The above examples are the absolute maximum size for flecking spots!

Flecking spots should never be perfectly round or very large: here is an example of what to avoid:

Design Notes

- Flecking is not affected by the reversal mutation.
- Flecking can appear on albino tokotas in very subtle, light gray tones.
- Flecking appears over seal but below the grease spots.
- Flecking may optionally show either fully or faintly over piebald, and all of piebald's extensions.
- Flecking may go over or under roan.

- Avoid making your spots too large or too long!

Left: the flecks are too long and narrow, and almost resemble small rainmarks.
Right: the spots are too large and much too dalmation like!

Good Examples of Flecked Tokotas

Drachen 23371 by TotemSpirit Sadie 23696 by TotemSpirit Shibe 23485 by TotemSpirit Besar 9293 by TotemSpirit
Leia 34708 by TotemSpirit Hadley 25893 by TotemSpirit Basil 18816 by TotemSpirit Ra'vari 15274 by TotemSpirit

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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MagpieBridge Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Can you have both large and small spots? 
DesignDen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018

TheElvenJedi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we express flecking as a mixture of the spots and the ticking or does it have to be one or the other?

Like say, I wanted to have a couple of clusters large enough to be like the "spotting" examples, but I also wanted some thin ones like "normal" flecking in other places?
DesignDen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
Yes, you can have some of each in one design ~

SnowCrossFox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Can flecking show in bloodmark tokotas?
DesignDen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
As of now, no, it does not. Sorry for the super late reply!

~ leo
thedementedlamb Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dark-Mare910 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice one :D
fits perfect with the starmarks
Horseste Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all these amazing new genes
mg ;u;
CyBear-RedPanda Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: If someone wanted to put little 'freckles' around their Tokota's nose similar to how some St. Bernards have that wouldn't be considered flecking would it? I mean that would just be a part of marked yes?
DesignDen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
That kind of look isn't attainable with marked, unless you mean the whisker-zone, like this:…
Otherwise, that would require the flecking gene
CyBear-RedPanda Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So something like this:…


wouldn't be possible without the flecking?
DesignDen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
That is correct
SlaveToTheMocha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Starmarks and flecking aw yes~ 
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