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My profile picture is my future dog. Yay. I am picking him up March 8 and sooo excited. But I was wondering if their coloring changes as they get older. I've been told the tan grows and the black lessens. Any thoughts on this??
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I don't see an ava... sorry. Sables, I believe change the most. My Zeva is a blanket back, black and red and she's getting a little more red in her face, around her eyes. Who knows how much she'll lighten up until it's all done w/.

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Congrats to you and your new addition!!!!
If you are getting a black and tan, then yes the black fades. Look at the pattern of the parents and your pup will probably look like them. If blanket back runs in the genes your pup many stay darker.
Bi-colors stay the same, and sables will darken, lighten, darken with the seasons til maturity.

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My profile picture is my future dog. Yay. I am picking him up March 8 and sooo excited. But I was wondering if their coloring changes as they get older. I've been told the tan grows and the black lessens. Any thoughts on this??
Seems like all our GSD pups change alot the first year. What did your breeder say? Do they have a website with past litters posted so you can compare the pups to the adults?




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Ok, so is Zeva a blanket back or a bi-color? Is she a heavy saddle back? WTH? *confused*

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Ziva is not a bi-color, and at her age, she may still lose some of the black. She has beautiful markings!! Wait til she is about a year, then you'll know what color to call her!

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Yes the color changes as they get older, there will be less black-- unless the dog is a bi-color...

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WOW! When did she start to be a saddle? Zeva is 20 wks old. About when do they finally get their final coat in? I can't want to see pix of the OP too.

Thanks for the comment about Zeva, she is beautiful isn't she? Just about all GSD's are.. I tell you what though, I think I love the panda sheps.. .so different and cute. I'd have one... I'd have one over a solid. I just like the mix of colors... ??

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It is fun to watch the saddle backs grow too. I think Zeva will be a saddle back with all the tan on her face, ears, chest and legs at four months.

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Both mine lightened up, I have a black/tan saddle back and a red black sable.

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