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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Dark ring around sables tail

Stark has developed a black ring about 3/4 of the way up his tail. From there down is gray. I dont have a picture right now, i will load one when I get home. But, ive seen some puppies on here with the exact marking he has... brownish sable with the ring and gray below the ring. I have read that these are his adult colors. Is that true? And does that mean he will be gray like his tail or black like the ring on his tail? Just wondering.
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Most sables start getting the adult color at about 14-16 weeks, it comes in fast. Then the color will change with the seasons. My sable lightens up some in the winter, as his undercoat thickens.
As far as the tail spot, that is where the precaudal gland is. I don't think that has anything to do with how he'll color as an adult. Just a scent gland that no longer functions in domestic dogs.


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Awww..I love the last picture, Onxy Girl. My puppy is light too with a black ring on his tail..interesting to watch the change! I dont know if he will be as dark as your guy.
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My puppy looks almost exactly like the two with pics up. It's crazy to tnink that he could be that darkening onyxgirl, your dog is absolutely gorgeous! I love dark sables, I hope Stark looks like that when hes older. I reallyreally like that look of the dark body and the tan legs with the penciling on the toes.
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That circle of color around the tail is the color that your gsd will be at an adult age….


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All sables (all dogs, for that matter) have a ring of darker and/or coarser hair right there. The dog may end up the color of that ring, or not. But sables do get darker as they mature.
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Singe's dark color spread out from that ring of color




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Yup, I noticed that ring on Uther too. He's a 4 month old sable boy who has been getting steadily darker as he ages. His puppy "fuzz" was king of a mix of gray, tan, and black. But his adult hair is much darker. I happen to love a dark sable dog so I'm happy about it. Right now, his legs and belly and a little bit of his shoulders are the only lighter spots.

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OK..so what does it mean if their stomach is black? Then what?
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my pup had a black strip along the spine and a dark tummy. If you can view puppy pics from your breeder around birth to two weeks it will give you a clue as to what your pup will look like colorwise at adulthood. Sables will really lighten up from 3-4 weeks til the adult coat comes in, so 8-10 weeks are the lightest stage they will have. That puppy wool will need to be groomed out or it will become matted. I made the mistake of not getting Karlo's wool out near the base of his tail(and that gland area) and he ended up chewing that area when he turned a year old.
Here is a pic of what he did, it didn't last long, but enough broken coat to show(see where it use to be black?)


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