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wrenevere 02-02-2014 06:12 PM

Coat color changes and age?
Hello ! :)

This is my first post, so please be gentle with me :p

I just got a German Shepherd pup a week and a half ago, she's 9.5 weeks old now. I am so grateful I found this site as it has already answered so many of my questions!

This is my question: She looks mainly black, however she has a white streak on her chest, and if you separate her fur with your fingers, it is a light grey/taupe/brownish color. Behind her ears and on her shoulders that color is a bit more prominent, but really, at first glance, she looks all black. Is this going to change as she gets older?

The dam is solid black, the sire is saddleback black/tan.

I have scoured the internet/and this forum for any information on a black puppy getting lighter but I really can't find anything!

Here is the best picture I have of her (this was yesterday) showing the coloring. Any ideas?

Jmoore728 02-02-2014 07:58 PM

Not an expert, but from reading threads on this forum regarding pigmentation, it depends on which "traits" she inherited. It's possible she could of inherited a different color from grandparents, great grandparents, etc.......Other members have much more knowledge than me...My choice of words probably isn't proper, but hopefully it makes a little sense.

GatorDog 02-02-2014 08:05 PM

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Could you post a couple more? Almost looks like a solid black with just puppy coat or a really dark sable. I can't be certain from that picture though.

KathrynApril 02-02-2014 08:33 PM

She is adorable! No idea what color she is. :(

ladyb 02-02-2014 08:34 PM

My girl was solid black, with the exception of a small white spot on her chest. Her parents were both Black and Tan. Now, at 15 months, the white is simply a few strands of hair, but she has brown on the back of all legs, front more than back, and some white hair on the inside of her hips...her color changes seemed to happen overnight! I thought she was dirty😎

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Jax08 02-02-2014 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by GatorDog (Post 4953962)
Could you post a couple more? Almost looks like a solid black with just puppy coat or a really dark sable. I can't be certain from that picture though.

My first thought was sable! But she said this "The dam is solid black, the sire is saddleback black/tan." Wonder if the sire is a patterned sable?

wrenevere - do you have pictures of the parents or a pedigree?

SunCzarina 02-02-2014 09:48 PM

She strikes me as sable too.

Very very pretty puppy. Stick around so we can see what she looks like all grown up!

SunCzarina 02-02-2014 09:50 PM

Oh and I have a black female too. Venus' mother is black and her father is very melanistic bi color (black face, slight tan on his legs).

Venus did have some of that lighter brown fur, but not all over. Just on her head. When she was coming into adult coat at 3 - 4 months.

wrenevere 02-02-2014 11:47 PM

Oh! Wow, thanks for all the responses!

I do not have pictures of the parents, unfortunately, but I did some digging and I DO have a picture of her grandpa, who IS indeed sable:

and after rethinking it, I think her sire could quite possibly be a patterned sable.

Here are more pictures of my little girl:

wrenevere 02-03-2014 12:04 AM

Oh I found one more picture of her that really shows the coloring:

See how in the bottom left it's that greyish color?

Sometimes black-colored animals just look brown in the sunlight, but her in some areas (like behind her ears in this picture) her fur actually looks like it is tipped with that brownish color. I don't know!

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