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Old 03-31-2011, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at buying the last puppy from a breeders 1st litter. The pedigree appears to be excellent and the price is reasonable. The breeder pointed me to their facebook page for pictures so I whent there to check them out. Someone commented on the picture of the only Black and Tan they have left about it possibly being a coated gsd. The breeder commented back that it might be. I'm curious how easy it is to tell whether or not the puppy will grow up to have a long coat. He's a cute little bugger but I really like the standard look and I'm not sure how willing I am to gamble on this trait.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I say no, not a coatie , he also has quite a bit of tan for how young he is, probably will be a faded saddle.
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I agree with Onyx, from that pic, I would say that pup is not long coat...IDK about color though...are the parents light (black/silver, etc)?
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From that photo I would say probably not a coat.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pictures of the parents and yes I realize I labeled them wrong.
So how do you tell whether or not they'll be coated? Just a judgement call
or is it typically pretty obvious?
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It's not a coated puppy......it's a normal stock coat.
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Coats will have an extra fluff around the ears or a bit of a curly coat at that age. Though many showlines are not coated, but thick"plush" and may look like they'll have the long stock coat. The pup you posted doesn't look fluffy or curly whatsoever. I think it will be a very light black and tan when mature...after looking at the parents.
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Heres another picture of him at two weeks. I'd really like to get him but the couple comments on their FB page have me worried. Nothing wrong with a coated GSD, its just not what I want if I can help it.
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I'll try and get some pics of our girl up here around that age, you could definately tell ours was a coated puppy, she was/is quite the fluff ball!
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I read somewhere that coated GSD's are typically darker colored when they are young. Is this true?
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