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Old 01-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read through some other posts on this but had a question. Our 9 month old puppy was pure black when we got him, with just some tan between his toes. As he has gotten older, he now has a significant amount of tan and sable only on the back of his front legs. He also has sable behind his back legs which actually loop around and form a bit of a dark sable "anklet". He has no tan on his face or chest, etc. He has a little bit of extremely light tan (arguably gray??) fur on the inside of his back legs as well...

So I had a few questions -
- Is he black and tan or black?
- When will his coat stop changing?
- Will the gray fall out and turn into tan?

He changes each month and we are just curious as to what he will look like as an adult.

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He is a coat color known as "bi-black" Beautiful dog BTW
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I'm not quite sure what you mean by sable around his legs. Did he have a sable parent? If not then he's not a sable. He sounds like a bi-color. So a mostly black with just tan or brown feet/legs. It might lighten up in the future and it might not, but he's probably just going to stay mostly black with some tan on him.
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I just wanted to say he is gorgeous!
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I agree it sounds like a bi-colour

Delgado is one too, here are some photos for reference:

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Most bicolours have tan up their legs but very little to none on face or chest.

Sounds like he has tar heels, which are thick black marks up the back of their legs. Does he have pencil toes, which are black stripes on his toes?
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his toes are actually all black, just tan in between - literally in between his toes. it does not spill onto his actual toes (see pic below).

any idea when they stop changing?

delgado is beautiful!
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Ohhh..incredibly gorgeous!
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Ohhh..incredibly gorgeous!
thank you so much. he really is. but to be honest - i 've never seen an ugly gsd. love them all.
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Definetely not Black and Tan, I'd bet he's a bi-colour

Can you post more photos of his markings? We need to see more if this handsome guy . I love the blacks and bi-colours
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He looks like my boy did when he was a youngster.
Ace at 20wks and his sisters. My baby's growing up.
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