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Crocky 01-06-2014 09:48 AM

Black and tan coat question
 
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I was just curious. A couple of weeks ago before giving Silas a bath I was noticing that he is getting more and more tan underneath his top coat on his saddle area of his back. Is this typical for Black and Tans. For some reason I was thinking the saddle are would be black with black undercoat. Here is a pic from a couple of weeks ago. In the attached pic you can see it a little showing through on the top front and top back
Excuse the dandruff, we have now conquered that :). He will be 5 months old tomorrow

Crocky 01-06-2014 09:50 AM

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Here is another. Sorry I tried to upload them in the same post but it only let me upload one as an attachment unless I use photobucket for some reason

Sp00ks 01-06-2014 10:30 AM

I can't answer your question as I've not had a traditional black/tan before. However, I just wanted to say that I think he has a cool coat.

martemchik 01-06-2014 10:33 AM

In general shepherds have a lighter colored undercoat. What you're seeing is probably the development of what is commonly called a "bitch stripe." It's fairly common in black and tan dogs.

Crocky 01-06-2014 04:09 PM

Thanks!

Liesje 01-06-2014 05:23 PM

It's not a given but happens to some, especially as they age.

Crocky 01-07-2014 10:11 AM

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Thanks again. I just noticed in the last few weeks and wanted to check. I assume the tips will stay dark or will they lighten as well.

Here is a full picture of him

Crocky 01-07-2014 10:13 AM

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Woops sorry I posted the wrong one. This one was taken a couple of weeks ago so you see the wavy fur on his back but can't really see the lighter colors until you split the Fur. I can try and get a better one. After looking at it, it is hard to tell from that pic

GSDlover143 01-07-2014 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Crocky (Post 4788258)
Woops sorry I posted the wrong one. This one was taken a couple of weeks ago so you see the wavy fur on his back but can't really see the lighter colors until you split the Fur. I can try and get a better one. After looking at it, it is hard to tell from that pic

My boy has the exact same thing

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Blanketback 01-07-2014 12:55 PM

My dog was the same way. When his wavy fur came in, there was a bitch stripe running all along his back. I thought that was going to be his final coat type and color, but it changed again: now his fur is straight and looks like a solid black. They sure do change alot :) Gorgeous pup!


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