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Old 12-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

This is my 9 month old boy Hex DH and I keep "arguing" over wether he's going to be a saddle or blanket back?

So I figured I'd throw it out there for opinions
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was told that Caesar is a blanket Blanket or Saddleback??  Opinions please :)-imageuploadedbypg-free1354887855.696067.jpg

Your guy looks more like a saddle.


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Old 12-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like a saddle to me
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the same question as Mooch because my boy has almost identical coat colorations.
What defines a saddle back as opposed to blanket back?

With a saddle should the tan go up and over the shoulders and should the tan on the hind legs go up higher than the top of the leg?

The OP's picture of Hex looks to me right now as blanketback, am I wrong?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He's already a saddle back. Blankets have black thighs.

Perhaps this will help: General Pattern Guide
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All of the blanket backs that I've seen almost look like a bi-color, but have too much tan above their legs to be a bi-color. And remember, saddle backs have different variations of the saddle...some go lower than others. I'd say this is definitely a saddle back.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I believe our Yaeger was a blanket back-


As is Ruger.


A former foster dog, Kate (now adopted) is a Bi-color.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The black on his back looks kinda of like a saddle the way it dips down on the sides. Your dog is already a saddle back.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL ok now I feel stupid
Thanks for the pictures and the link The blanket back is a lot darker than I thought
I never realised blanket backs had to have black thighs - always thought they were bi colour Darn patterns are confusing

It's amazing how much their colour changes, my 6 year old female was darker than him when she was his ages she's now got a huge tan "stripe" running down the middle of the back. She seems to get a little bit lighter every year.

So let me rephrase my question then, do you guys think he's going to get a lot more tan over his hindquarters?
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The stripe is called a bitch stripe, and yes he'll probably continue to get more tan in the darker areas. I doubt he will end up with a traditional "saddle" though. The top of his hindquarters area will likely stay dark.
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