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Black changing to brown

Discussion in 'Sheltie Colors' started by Lexi, May 28, 2018.

  1. Lexi

    Lexi Forums Enthusiast

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    So I have a bi black sheltie and the colour is changing to brown on her back mostly. Now in the sun it is most obvious. As a puppy she appeared more brown in the sun than her siblings too. She eats barf food. Is this from the sun, food or she is just like that?
     
  2. Hanne

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    When Minnie switched to adult fur the first summer, her deep black coat got a red/brown look.
    Last year, it was not that much.
    I am sure it is the sun that does it.
    Her coat is deep black right now, but we are of course also just started summer :lol::lol:
     
  3. tofu pup

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    It's likely a combination of all three. The sun definitely fades black coats, some black Shelties seem to be more predisposed to color fading, and there may be a link between diet and how well the dog keeps its color. I've heard of kelp supplements being recommended to help a black dog stay black; anecdotally I've also heard of commercial diets containing beet pulp turning black dogs red.
     
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  4. Shelby's mom

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    Shelby’s coat too gets a brown tint to it, especially in the summer. I think the sun causes it.
     
  5. RikyR

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    Zulu's coat gets a mahogany tint in the summer. He does not spend a lot of time outside during the summer (it is going to be 92F today), but it definitely a seasonal change.
     
  6. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

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    Skylar's coat has always had deep brown undertones instead of being true black, since she was a baby. I often wondered if there is such a thing as mixed dominance in coat color, since her father is a tri and her mother is a sable.
     
  7. Calliesmom

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    Jocu loves to lay in the sun and he definitely has red highlights.....
     
  8. Lexi

    Lexi Forums Enthusiast

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    Interesting.. tofu pup with my girl it might be the diet like you mentioned because she does indeed eat beep pulp in her raw food. I don't mind but could this be a problem in conformation? I think I will not show her again but you never know.
     
  9. Chris

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    You might consider trying Chris Christensen's Black on Black shampoo.
     
  10. corbinam

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    Technically it is a fault in the show ring. Below is the note about it in our standard:

    “Color: Black, blue merle, and sable (ranging from golden through mahogany); marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan. Faults - Rustiness in a black or a blue coat.”

    Many people dye their dogs before they enter the ring to cover it up, though I believe that is technically not legal.
     

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