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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Long Plush or short

Hi all,
Picked our pup yesterday from a litter of 5, 5 weeks old.
It's so hard to see what the coat colour and length will be like once there an adult.
Can anyone post similar coat lengths as a pup and now so we can see?
Any info appreciated.
We've called her luna.
Oh also she's from health tested hip scored parents and grandparents etc... My partner is so paranoid about hips, at 5 weeks they are still a bit wobbly and finding there feet, he doesn't understand this, can you please confirm this so he is reassured.
They were all playing and very active.
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If the color in the picture is more or less accurate to your pup's real color, he is a Blue, which is a Black dilute. His color won't change. Looks like a regular coat.

It is good that the parents were hip tested, but there is no guarantee when it comes to puppies. Even the best breeding pair with the best track record of producing sound pups may on occasion produce hip dysplasia. Though only breeding dogs coming from a line of dogs with good hips is an excellent way to reduce that chance.

What colour were the parents and the other pups in the litter?
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Mum was black and tan, dad was black, pups were 2 black 2 blue 2 sable. 2nd litter and had no blues before so these 2 were unexpected,. Yes I've seen all registration papers and looked them all up online as proof.all under 10 on both sides for a quite a few generations. Hoping with good lifestyle and diet and limited excersice for the first 18 months I will do my best to minimise.i will also get her scored.
So will be mid length then you think? That's great.

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Beautiful puppy! Any GSD can get hip/elbow dysplasia as stated above, but it's much less likely if the parents and the dogs in the previous generations have been tested and received good scores. I'm no expert, but I don't think you usually start noticing signs of joint issues until the puppies are older.
And, wow, if I understood your post correctly, 5 weeks is really young to be separated from the mom and litter-mates. I am sure your pup will be wobbly for a while. I believe there are also environmental issues that can factor into a dog's development of hip/elbow dysplasia (too much exercise/jogging on hard surfaces, stairs, ect) so you might want to reduce those factors as much as possible also.
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Beautiful puppy! Any GSD can get hip/elbow dysplasia as stated above, but it's much less likely if the parents and the dogs in the previous generations have been tested and received good scores. I'm no expert, but I don't think you usually start noticing signs of joint issues until the puppies are older.
And, wow, if I understood your post correctly, 5 weeks is really young to be separated from the mom and litter-mates. I am sure your pup will be wobbly for a while. I believe there are also environmental issues that can factor into a dog's development of hip/elbow dysplasia (too much exercise/jogging on hard surfaces, stairs, ect) so you might want to reduce those factors as much as possible also.
She's still with mum don't worry and litter mates, don't get her for another 3 weeks I think.
Do you think her coat will be mid length? Does anyone have pics of pup this age and of older so I can see coat development?
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Hip testing is great, but other issues come alone with breeders who breed for color.

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Very cute puppy! Question though, if dam was black and tan and sire was black, how is it possible for there to be sable puppies in the litter? I didn't think that was possible with that combination of parental coloring.
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Hip testing is great, but other issues come alone with breeders who breed for color.
Didn't breed for colour, mum is a black and tan sable colour, and any color GSD or any breed prone to problems can still get them, like everyone says it's not just the genetics, it's lifestyle etc

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Very cute puppy! Question though, if dam was black and tan and sire was black, how is it possible for there to be sable puppies in the litter? I didn't think that was possible with that combination of parental coloring.
Mum is black tan sable colouring, dad is black, not sure I'm afraid.im not a expert.i saw both.blues were unexpected.down to dna I guess and what they carry?

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Very cute puppy! Question though, if dam was black and tan and sire was black, how is it possible for there to be sable puppies in the litter? I didn't think that was possible with that combination of parental coloring.
The breeder I got my pup from, the dam was black/red and the sire was all black and out of the ... I think six pups? One was a blue male so I guess it is possible though to say we were all surprised

To the OP, cute pup! I hope you manage to avoid any hip issues, I don't have anything else to offer besides that haha

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