The term sable describes not a coat colour, but a pattern. The individual hairs have a dark tip and a tan base. Some hairs have larger dark tips than others, resulting in a sort of blending effect from light (tan) to dark.
Because sable is controled on the same gene as tricolour and saddle these patterns cannot be combined.
More information on the genetic background of coat colours can be found at Genetics of coat colour and other exterior properties.
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