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Old 08-10-2010, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Saddle back....Blanket back....Bi Color...what's the difference?

Yes, I can see the difference between saddle back and blanket back -- but what's the difference between blanket back and bi-color; can some one clarify this for me???


And which one do you think Minna will be; she's just over three months old in these pictures:
Saddle back....Blanket back....Bi Color...what's the difference?-p8021531.jpg

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Saddle back....Blanket back....Bi Color...what's the difference?-p8081636.jpg

Saddle back....Blanket back....Bi Color...what's the difference?-p8022067.jpg
Thought I would attach a bunch so you can see her coloring from every angle....haha
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This site is excellent for color patterns.
Illustrated Standard of the German Shepherd Dog, COLOR & PIGMENT

This has some real pictures...and a lot of the less standard colors.
http://www.kerstoneshepherds.net/colors/colors.htm

A blanket back would be a melanistic black and tan.

It's hard to tell with puppies because some change ALOT and some not too much. Your best bet is looking at the parents. If I had to guess, Minna will be a blanket or a large saddle black and tan.
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It's hard to say if you 'll have a saddle back or a blanket back. Definitely not a bi-color

A bi-color has black down the back legs. They call it a tar heel. And penciled toes.

A saddle back is a 'traditional" pattern. The black looks like a saddle over its back.

A blanket back is what I have. The black covers her back and down her thighs like a blanket.

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At this point, without seeing the parents, she could be either a saddle or a blanket. She has too much tan to be a bi-color. My Raven was almost as black as Minna at that age but is a saddle black and tan.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Her dad:
Saddle back....Blanket back....Bi Color...what's the difference?-picture_857-694x418.jpg


Her mom (can't really tell her coloring in this picture though):
The mom had more black than tan...she was a lot darker than the dad was.
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Both parents look to be large saddles. From what I can see, though Mom has more black down her thighs, she doesn't really have it enough down her shoulder for me to call it a blanket.

From this I would bet she would be a large saddle as well.

This is Cade's brother on the right...He's a blanket back. His Mom was a saddle and Dad was a dark sable.
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A bicolor will have tarheels and toemarks and black underfurnishings (black belly fringe) once full adult coat is in. I've seen "blanket back" dogs who have the toemarks until they are nearly a year old, but that's just because it can take a while for that full adult coat to come in.

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Where did you get her? She looks so much like my Layla girl!
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Where did you get her? She looks so much like my Layla girl!
Coal? He's from my breeding. Here's his page on my kennel site: Blackthorn Working German Shepherds -- Coal

He's almost 8 yrs old in this picture.
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If there is tan on the head, then usually they won't be bi-color. Bi's have very little tan on the face, sometimes a bit in the lower cheek area and then a "bow-tie" on the chest area.
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