: Thanks for explaining about the sable patterned; that's really interesting and I hadn't heard of them before.
Does mottling stay like that or continue to recede more into the tan color? Your explanation of the allele inheritance makes perfect sense, for some reason I assumed that mom would have been sable/sable but you're right, given the dam's parentage it would make much more sense that she is sable/black&tan and would have passed on the black&tan gene.
: is there a dominant allele to all of the recessive ones that appears in other breeds just not shepherds? Also, is it possible for the sable pattern to happen but with bi-colors or solids?
Oh, yeah I know she is long haired, I guess I was just wondering if there are varying degrees of thickness/longness of the fur and if so, whether you'd be able to tell from this young.
She isn't actually my puppy, I've been talking to the breeder and may possibly be getting her, but nothing is final right now. This is the first/only picture I have seen of her so I am not really sure what she looked like as a puppy.
Thanks for the links, I will definitely be reading the first one. I've read the Frankenhaus page before and found it absolutely fascinating. I'm a molecular and cellular biology major so I love exploring about how the genes interact with each other to form different color/pattern combinations.
Is there a different allele for black & tan and black & red or is that just a variation in expression of pigmentation?