Black and tans with banded hair???
Hey guys, so I'm just wondering if it's common for black and tan shepherds to have banded hair/fur. I'm 99.9% sure that my boy is a black/tan. His dam and sire looked black/tan (to me anyway lol), he looked black/tan as a puppy and according to embark his a locus is at/a (sorry don't know how to make the t small) which if I'm understanding correctly means tan points and recessive black. Correct me if I'm wrong. All of this points to him being black/tan. So I always assumed that he was black/tan. However about a week ago a lady asked me to brush his coat backwards against the grain and she told me that he had a "sable saddle." I hadn't really noticed that his saddle was only black at the tips. I had noticed that his saddle wasn't as black as other shepherds. It looked off compared to the other's I've seen. I thought maybe he had some skin issues or maybe his coat is a bit faded/washed out. So I'm just curious if it's common for black and tan shepherds to have banded fur as I know that seems to be a sable thing. Thanks in advance for your guys input!