Cheekdot is a marking that adds a hard, optionally textured, circle on the beasts’ face.
The marking is generally relevant to the base and may be either lighter or darker, however, it is also permissible to increase the saturation without any restriction. So even going as far as the absolute maximum is absolutely fine, birds can be quite colorful after all, can they not?
While the shape should stay more or less circular, small variations like a more oval shape for example or the marking slightly following the heads’ shape are allowed as well. It is okay as well if the marking consists of up to 3 smaller circles, as long as they are all connected. It should not imitate Spotting or Speckles, so be careful with the sizes!
This marking was inspired by the red dots on male cockatiels, feel free to take them as inspiration if you have troubles designing your beast!
Relevant to: Base
Value: Lighter or Darker
Edge: Hard or Textured (Hard)
Can be white: No
Layering: Designer’s choice
Hides other genes: No
Quick Facts Guide
Cheekdot is relevant to and will always be lighter or darker than the base coat color of the beast.
Additionally, it is allowed to turn the Saturation up as much as you want to make the marking more colorful:
Example 1 – Base Coat with max Saturation
Example 2 – Darker than base with max Saturation
Example 3 – Lighter than base without added Saturation
Example 4 – Darker than base without added Saturation
Hooded must have either a hard edge or be textured with a hard edge.
Combinations with other markings
Cheekdot has no distinct minimum range, but must be present in a noticeable way on the beast.
Feel free to search for this marking in our CaveSpeaker gallery to get some inspiration or a better grasp of the marking.
However, be careful of old designs as they might be illegal by now due to previous rule changes!
Please do not just copy existing designs either, as those are the property of their designer!