Puppy won't be as dark as dad. The trouble with mom is that white is a recessive masking gene, which means the white is covering up her true genetic color. If you have a pedigree (registered name?) we might be able to look her up and try to determine what her true color possibilities are based on her sire/dams coloring. But either way, that pup is going to be a light colored black and tan saddle back most likely.
Would need to see a better photo of the puppy to compare. Just a cell phone head shot pic isn't going to be that accurate. The pup looks black and tan but how much black we cannot see without seeing the body.
Sometimes picking out the perfect puppy from a litter can be overwhelming, after all, they're all so adorable! But our decision should be based on more than which one has the cutest ears or the best coloring. For me i choose gold/black color as well.
Would you buy a car if was a colour you didnt like?
Would you buy a house if you didnt like the town it was in?
Would you buy a ps3 game if you didnt like the genre?
Would you buy a heavy metal album if your into classical music?
Ive stated in my posts that ive my heart set on this colour and that i understand its more than just colour... but if the breeder is worth their salt and done things right then this puppy will be fine. My question in this thread was will the pup pictured change colour to what i would ideally want from my dog for life? Is this too much to ask?
No one is saying you can not want a certain dog. I am very into working lines and waited for the puppy that suited me best. If you want a certain color, then get that color. The puppy looks like it will lighten up quite a bit. One thing to keep in mind is that the most beautiful colored dog, with dysplastic hips and a nervy temperment, will not be so beautiful! Safe yourself heart ache and make sure that the hips/elbows have been done on the stud and bitch so at least you know basic health is covered. One thing to consider is that white shepherds are NOT considered breed standard, so if a breeder is willing to breed the do anyway, make sure they at least did the health checks.
Color is great, but color, health, and temperment is best