Definetly look at the parents but also find out if you can see past pups these parents have produced that are older now. Black and Tan Saddle backs are born nearly black with just a tiny bit of tan or "taupe" coloring on their legs and they get lighter and lighter as they get older. It is amazing how much they change in the first year....even in the first few weeks and months of life. I have many pictures on my website of pups that are just days old, weeks old, months old and then pics of parents so that people can see these changes. Know that your pup at 8 weeks old will look nothing like he will look at 4 months old or a year old. Watching their color develop is almost as fun as watching their ears go all wonky before they get them up! I am speaking from my own experience in breeding black and tans saddle backs.....these same things may not be true for the reds, and the blanket backs and sables....breeders of these color types may have different points of view.
Hope this helps.
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