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Sable color change?

I hear that a sable color GSD coat may undergo several color changes before maturity... any ideas what his coat may look like in the future...
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Sables go through tons of color changes as they mature. He'll be darker than he is now, but how dark is anyone's guess. There is no way to tell for sure when looking at pups. If you know what his parents looked like, that may give you an idea as often a pup's adult coloration will be similar to that of the parents.


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Sables go through tons of color changes as they mature. He'll be darker than he is now, but how dark is anyone's guess. There is no way to tell for sure when looking at pups. If you know what his parents looked like, that may give you an idea as often a pup's adult coloration will be similar to that of the parents.
Very true.

If I had to guess though I would guess that he would be a lighter saddle patterned sable with a more faded mask. I'm basing this on the fact that I cannot see from your pictures any black to the back of the ears or on the legs...which says to me that those areas probably won't darken up.

Generally I would say that they retain many of their mask characteristics into adulthood. It's harder to tell with the black and tans because you don't know where the tan is going to pop up...but with my sables it hasn't really changed much.

There are bunch of sable threads around if you search with people posting pictures of their puppies and then as the dog grows up. You should be able to get an idea of how the dogs change from those.

BTW LOVE the ears!!

Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)


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Here are some links to threads on sable color change...

Sables

Sables!!! <33

Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)


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Good question- 'who knows' is the answer. Uschi got lighter, then darker, then lighter again but always retained the dark mask. The color changes just add to the fun of having a sable
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He's an example for you!

Here is my Diesel at 8-9 weeks... he was mouthing off about getting his picture taken!


By 4-5 months he looked like this


9 months old he looked like this


Now at 1.5 years

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shilo is a lighter sable

Elios. 2 year old light liver GSD
Toast. Hedgehog
Gizmo. Blue point, kink tailed kitten .



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Look at all of those beautiful sables

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