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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Tan showing through

I have a question. Major is currently 8 weeks old, will be 9 weeks old Saturday. I am noticing that he has tan hairs peeking through his black fur. It is really noticeable on his upper legs and his face. When we got him he was jet black with minor tan on him. Now he is more of a muted black/gray, but if you look close there are quite a few tan hairs poking through. What does this mean?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 05:00 PM
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Is he a black and tan? sable? bi-color? Do you have any pictures?

It's normal for their pattern to develop over time.
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Your dog's coat will change as he grows older. He will lose the puppy coat he has now, and may look quite different as an adult. He isn't a true black, even though he might have looked that way when you got him... so it's possible that as time goes by you will see a lot more of the lighter hair showing through, that's what happened to our boy. Perfectly normal.........
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Yes, Let's look here...

Cullen 5-6 weeks



a few weeks later


And a few more weeks


And the last month or so up until just recently




Anything like that? He is projected to be a black/red saddleback... lol

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Here is a picture of Major at 10 weeks old. Any suggestions of what he will end up looking like full grown would be appreciated.
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Maybe a Bi-color? He's a cutie non the less

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I really don't know if it's a rule but all my Shepherds when puppies were quite dark but then they lighten up which I knew How much lighter they will get you really don't know but if one of the parents was a solid black then you will have a better chance that more black will stay as it grows.
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Here is the difference of just 6 (or so) months.
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I really don't know if it's a rule but all my Shepherds when puppies were quite dark but then they lighten up which I knew. How much lighter they will get you really don't know but if one of the parents was a solid black then you will have a better chance that more black will stay as it grows.
He does look like a bi-color actually so he will be very dark.
That is a dog I would love my next puppy to look like. beautiful puppy
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My guess is a blanket back, something like this



Its possible he will be a bi-color though which would be like

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