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01-23-2013 04:09 PM
Castlemaid Colouring like you describe on your pup has been called different things depending which school of thought you ask. I have heard it called Genetically black, with bleed-through. (Your pup is gorgeous by the way!). but then some people argue, that any amount of tan on a black makes it a bi-colour. The Bi's can be very melanistic meaning that they have large amounts of black pigment, almost making them look solid black, except for those areas of tan bleed through, like on your pup, and some of the pics posted.

So long answer above. Short answer is: your pup may be called a solid black with bleed-through, or a melanistic bi-colour, depending on who you ask.

One way that one could find out is to study the pedigree and see what the chances of colour inheritance are. However, some dogs that have been registered as solid black in the past may actually have been bi-colours with so little bleed-through colour that it was not noticed, so the pedigree alone may not be of much help.

I know there are some more knowledgeable people here with a deeper understanding of colour inheritance, so perhaps they can shed a bit of more light on the question.
01-23-2013 02:31 PM
1sttimeforgsd I love bicolors, and I think that your boy is gorgeous. The brown will grow up his legs more but he will keep his pencil toes.
01-23-2013 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by 1sttimeforgsd View Post
He looks like my boy did when he was a youngster.
Ace at 20wks and his sisters. My baby's growing up.
Yes, exactly! What does he look like now???

nevermind. I just looked at your photos. Silly me. lol
01-23-2013 02:14 PM
1sttimeforgsd He looks like my boy did when he was a youngster.
Ace at 20wks and his sisters. My baby's growing up.
01-23-2013 02:06 PM
Shade Definetely not Black and Tan, I'd bet he's a bi-colour

Can you post more photos of his markings? We need to see more if this handsome guy . I love the blacks and bi-colours
01-23-2013 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
Ohhh..incredibly gorgeous!
thank you so much. he really is. but to be honest - i 've never seen an ugly gsd. love them all.
01-23-2013 01:56 PM
Lilie Ohhh..incredibly gorgeous!
01-23-2013 01:55 PM
x.WOLFiE.x his toes are actually all black, just tan in between - literally in between his toes. it does not spill onto his actual toes (see pic below).

any idea when they stop changing?

delgado is beautiful!
01-23-2013 01:50 PM
Shade I agree it sounds like a bi-colour

Delgado is one too, here are some photos for reference:

6 months

11 months

Most bicolours have tan up their legs but very little to none on face or chest.

Sounds like he has tar heels, which are thick black marks up the back of their legs. Does he have pencil toes, which are black stripes on his toes?
01-23-2013 01:33 PM
Soto I just wanted to say he is gorgeous!
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