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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Weird Coloring

When I got Sinister as an 11 week old puppy he was solid black.

Sinister is now a year old and he has silver hair between all of his toes, all under his tail, by his butt and the back of his legs.

Not only does he have silver hair but now he has red hair all under his belly and back on his back legs by his butt.

What the heck is going on? He looks so weird.

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I would like to see pictures of him.
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I am at work right now but when I get home I will post some pictures for you

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 10:26 AM
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When I got Sinister as an 11 week old puppy he was solid black.

Sinister is now a year old and he has silver hair between all of his toes, all under his tail, by his butt and the back of his legs.

Not only does he have silver hair but now he has red hair all under his belly and back on his back legs by his butt.

What the heck is going on? He looks so weird.
It's not unusal for blacks to get tan or in this case silver in the areas you describe. I also have a black who developed tan in those areas.

Could the red area be from shedding? Sometimes you see weird colors from where the hair is coming out.

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Look at Kira's dog (GSDSunshine). Koda definitely has some of this going on. He is mostly black, but with hints of silver on toes, along legs, etc. I would just say he's changing colors much like a sable does. He probably won't end up a "true" black.

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I would bet it's just bleed through starting. I'm sure he's genetically black. If you search for bleed through, I know there's been threads where people have posted pictures of their black dogs with bleed through.

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My GSD(Panga) is mostly black alover except under neith i just noticed last night when trimming her paw hair she has red inbetween her toes.

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Look at Kira's dog (GSDSunshine). Koda definitely has some of this going on. He is mostly black, but with hints of silver on toes, along legs, etc. I would just say he's changing colors much like a sable does. He probably won't end up a "true" black.
Koda is a black & silver bi-color just like my Dalton. I think it's beautiful coloring.

LaRen - pictures would help if you get the chance. It could be that your boy is a bi-color or a solid black with bleed through like someone else mentioned. It's hard to tell though without seeing. (Might be good to have some before/after pictures.)

ShepherdHeaven the dog in your avatar looks like it might be a bi-color not a solid black with bleed through.

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Koda is a black & silver bi-color just like my Dalton. I think it's beautiful coloring.

LaRen - pictures would help if you get the chance. It could be that your boy is a bi-color or a solid black with bleed through like someone else mentioned. It's hard to tell though without seeing. (Might be good to have some before/after pictures.)
I guess in my head that's what I was picturing from what LaRen was describing...................was a silver bi-color???? But maybe it's bleed through. Maybe he's a bi-color. Yes, pictures please. We love pictures of cute doggies

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Sounds like bleed through on a solid black dog.

As for the red highlights, black hair will often turn a burnt reddish color when it dies and sheds out. Particularly undercoat hair. So for a black dog to get a reddish tinge, or even big reddish tufts of undercoat, during shedding is not uncommon. Particularly if the dog spends a lot of time outside in the sun where sun fading on black hair can also happen.


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