This breed has a double coat. The under-layer provides protection against the fierce winter and the harsh summer sun, whereas the top layer repels water and snow. It is short and dense. The coat is normally pale-fawn or black and tan. It may have white markings. These are not accepted by the KIF, but are by other kennel clubs. The coat is black on the face, muzzle, and ears. It should not be brindled, spotted, or broken. Ears are dropped.