my gsd is 9wks old he is pretty light with a black mask but his back is a dark brown with little traces of black in it. I was curious if anyone had any pics (before and after) of there black&tan puppies so I can see how his coat will develop.
Not to sound rude...But are you sure he's Black and Tan? Most Black and Tan puppies I know start out really black and their tan comes in as they mature. It almost sounds like you have a sable...Do you have any pictures you can post? If you're sure he's patterned like a black and tan, then if he's brown he may be carrying a dilute gene and be a liver?
This was my dog when he was a puppy at 9 weeks. He's a Sable...Dark mask...more brown than black...Do you have any pictures so we can be more sure?
The black spot on his tail reminds me of the one on my puppy where his adult coat started coming in...Is the brown on his back just at the hair tips? Or is the whole hair the same color? He looks like a light sable to me...
Looks like a light sable to me too. Rather than b/t.
If he is a sable then good luck predicting what colour he will be Both my boys have ranged from black, to pure fawn, one stopped changing colour at about 4 and is a blue sable now. The other is 10 months and is currently settling somewhere near a silver but who knows!!
The white parent was likely a sable dog underneath the white. White is not a true color, it is a masking gene. Think about a painting, it's a certain design and colorful, now think about putting masking tape all over it. You now have no idea what it is except that it's covered in masking tape (the white color). Underneath the masking lies the true color of the painting (or the dog, in this case).
I just now got to see bearcatfb30's pup. Honestly, the pup looks more like a solid tan/red GSD. We have a member here who has a GSD that is pure red/tan with a black mask. This pup reminds me of that dog. I can see some darkening along the back in the second pic, so maybe the photos are leading me wrong.
Bear, I think your pup is likely to remain lightly colored for life. In fact, it's a general rule that pups lighten with age- even adults can lighten. I think some sables are different, but don't be surprised if your dog changes colors a few times before he's fully grown!