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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-06-2018, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Black and Tan puppy?

Hi, sorry for another post on this but I was told my pup was bicolour originally but lots of people have said recently he is black and tan.
I love him either way, but I won't call him bicolour if he's not. He does have some white under his chin and belly so I understand the black and tan but he also has the penciling on his feet that I was told is bicolour.
He is only 21 weeks old (I took that pic today).
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 12:01 AM
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Nice dark face, but I would consider and expect him to mature into a B&T blanket back. What color were his parents?

There is a great example of a bi color puppy around the same age... I can’t find the post but the pups name is Luther.

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His mother is a standard black and tan..father was a stud. I believe technically black and tan also. He had more tan markings on face etc than my pup but is also very dark.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 12:17 AM
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Bi-color dogs typically only have tan on their feet and legs. None on the head, none anywhere else!

Your dog in the picture, is a blanket back....beautiful, and perfect, just not a bi-color based on the lightness in his face. Here's a pic of my pup's sire who is a true bi-color for comparison...
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 12:23 AM
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I would say your puppy is a bi-colour purely because of the dark colouring on his heels. The biggest difference between a blanket back and a bi-colour is the pencilling on their toes and the tar heels.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 12:47 AM
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the pup under discussion is NOT a bi color! It is a black and tan. A bi color has no facial tan, no chest spots, no bib...."tar heels" do not make a black and tan into a bi-color........these are generally considered to be a marker of a dog carrying a black recessive. The dog posted by Tim IS a bi-color


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is this a sable puppy? anybody know
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 01:34 AM
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My boy looked a lot like your guy at that age. Definitely just a black and tan boy. Here are some pics to compare.

5 months vs 5-6 years old... He is going to be 9 in two months.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Aww he's gorgeous... I think that yes mine will be similar but with a black face. I do think the lighter patches on their face give more expression so I will miss that in him but I love him all the same.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 07:56 AM
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Wow Elizabeth, he is stunning! Is that what I can expect Jax will look like later in life? Because at 7 months he looks a lot like yours as a pup!
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