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Old 01-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my 8 week old german shepherd's coat is not an intense black like his siblings but more of a dark grey. Can anyone with expertise in the area guess what the color will be like when he grows up? Is this considered a fault? Here are some pics. Thanks in advance!


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Old 01-21-2009, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adorable pup! I am no expert with coat colorings, but I do know that their coats change considerably as they get older, my 3yr old GSD is a bi-color and when he was younger he had alot of little grey hairs in his coat, now that he has grown he is very dark, just his undercoat has the little greyish/white hairs. I think it is hard to tell what coat they will grow up to have though.
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Im no expert either but he does look black to me.
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I cant really tell from the pictures but is his nose and toes a true black or more of a gray/blue? The lighting is not the best in the pictures but it is possible that your pup is a blue dilute or he will have very weak pigment.
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My guess would be predominately tan as an adult.
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My best guess is he's going to be a very light black and tan with a lot of grey/silver.
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Have you seen the parents? What do they look like?
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi all, thanks for your comments. I don't think he is a blue since his eyes are dark and his nose looks black to me. Here are some pics of the parents, i guess they are both predominantly tan. Dad top, mom bottom.



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Looks like a black and tan to me. As is normal for black and tan pups, as he matures the black will receed and his markings will become smaller. When an adult, he'll be a lighter black and tan. Probably very similar to his parents, or perhaps a bit lighter (more tan, less black than they have).
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks again,
Chris, so would you consider him a "light" black and tan? Does light refer to the intensity of his coat or to the proportion of coat/ground he will have as an adult?
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