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I have raised 8 GSD puppies throughout my life and the last two have been Sables. All my dogs prior have always been their darkest from birth and lighten up as they grow up. Well now I am confused. :surprise: My first sable again was darker as a puppy and lightened up. My newest little girl was born very black and has lightened up by the time I picked her up @ 8 weeks old. Now even @ 11 weeks old she is starting to get dark again. I know for a fact that this little girl is only going to get darker as she matures. I mean really dark but you would never know it by her fawn coloring today.

So my question is.... Why and How did my 1st Sable start out darker and lightened up when my newest puppy is going to do the opposite and just get much much darker.

I am not understanding GOD's work here...:grin2:
 

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I can only go by my Baron who is a dark sable. When I asked his breeder about what I could expect for color changes, she told me "first he'll get lighter, than darker, and stay that way". I don't know if it has anything to do with the line and coat length as Baron is a long coat and working line.
 

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So this is my first Sable when we brought her home


A few pictures as she grew up.


I believed the typical to be dark @ birth then they get lighter and again get darker as they mature. I have not heard of Sables getting lighter as they matured.
 

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:surprise: This didn't turn out right..:frown2: the 3rd picture is not the same dog..:grin2::grin2: It won't let me delete it...
 

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Your first one is a patterned sable. I think they do tend to have a different color range as they mature because on black/tan the black recedes for either a blanket or a saddle.
 

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OK, OK, Call me stupid, I just figured it out..!!! My girl is 1/2 WL/SL That has to be it. Sorry for that one....
 

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I've only had two sables, and both of them started out dark then became very light before ending up dark again. I refer to this as their blonde phase, lol.

This is Halo at 5 weeks



13 weeks



As an adult



Cava at 7 weeks



Gone blonde at 4 months old



About 10-1/2 months old



I have no idea it this is typical since my experience is very limited. Both longcoat working lines.
 

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There is more at work than just the color that the dog shows. A sable dog can carry sable with black & tan, bi-color, or black recessive, or carry 2 copies of sable. Each of which is going to yield a different coat color/pattern in adulthood. Then there are the genes which control pigment, which can have a big effect on coloring.

Sables generally go through a phase when they loose their puppy coat and get very light. Then the adult guard hairs grow in and they darken again. How much they darken depends on color and pigment genes. Black and tans are generally born dark, then lighten as they age. Bi-colors and blacks generally don't change much if at all from puppyhood to adulthood.
 
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