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Yesterday 12:23 PM
Nigel I would have guessed Murphy has a reversed mask. I don't understand lack of pigment vs some of the other examples that have been posted?
Yesterday 12:09 PM
carmspack Murphy isn't a reverse mask -- he is lacking pigment .
Yesterday 02:33 AM
Kellmurph001 My puppy Murphy has a reversed mask
01-15-2013 01:36 AM
LeoRose This is my Leo a few days after I rescued her. She was about 12 weeks old at the time. I've been told, in the critique section, that she has a reverse mask.
01-15-2013 01:32 AM
reversed mask gsd

01-15-2013 01:25 AM
01-15-2013 01:23 AM
12-09-2012 11:50 PM
BlackthornGSD Actually, from what I understand, the mask pattern that Lord has is a result of fading and that many of his descendents with dark muzzles will end up with a reverse mask as mature adults. Maybe that's why they retain the black masking around the lips as opposed to not having the muzzle-mask at all, as you see in, say, Rotties or Dobes.
12-07-2012 04:06 PM
Liesje Yeah to me Hans, Mikko, and the ones Lisa posted (coming from Lord), and my Coke are what I picture when someone says "reverse mask", though it's really just a lack of a mask, not reverse anything. But you are right because it's not really a color pattern anyway, it's just lack of a mask. However I guess I would say to use the term the color is pretty much set once the dog is 12-18 months or so, I wouldn't use that term to describe normal fading of color over the dog's lifetime. Like I don't think an older dog that gets faded in the face is a "reverse mask" (for example my 11 year old foster dog Ruger had very little mask left but did when he was younger). A dog with little black on the muzzle will see it mentioned in a show critique but an older dog that is faded white probably will not, if that makes sense.
12-07-2012 03:58 PM
Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Sables are very distinctly sable from birth. I highly doubt that the dog in the photo is doing to loose all that black on the muzzle before 18 months or so. Mikko is what I think of when someone says "reverse mask" though I don't think the term itself is accurate.
Oh sorry, I misunderstood what you were referring to I think. I thought you when you said from birth, that like Mikko and Hans and other reverse mask dogs (or whatever you want to call it) shouldn't have a term that refers to their coloring because they aren't born that way. That's what I meant in referencing sables (probably a bad example) and the saddle coloration (better example).
I think you were actually referring to the other dog posted who is older and still has the black mask? I don't think that dog has a reverse mask, and agree further lightening would be due to age but not color pattern.
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