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Color change

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

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    We've noticed that Willow is getting darker as she gets older. Is this a continuing phenomenon or something that stops at a certain age?
     
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  2. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

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    Benson darkened up some but he seems to have stopped-he was REALLY light at age 1. Fillion never got much shading. Koko was pretty dark but he seems to have gotten lighter with old age.
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Premium Member

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    My Harley was the other way and got lighter as he got older.
     
  4. Chris

    Chris Premium Member

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    IMG_0658.jpeg The folks who've been on here longer may remember back about eight years when Layla's ears inexplicably started turning white. She remained Princess Snow Ears for a couple-three years. Then they turned brown again. So who knows?
     
  5. SheepOfBlue

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    Yep the white ear tips were beautiful, far more than the picture.

    Spitfire was bright orange as a pup and darkened but has stopped changing for the most part anymore.
     
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  6. Calliesmom

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    yes- the white ears were pretty....
    unusual that they went back to brown.........
     
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    Elijah came at a year old and is now 3 1/2 . He has definitely gotten darker but I would say he's stayed the same now for the last 9 months or so. I do think the sables tend to darken up for a couple of years. It will be interesting to see how Meadow's coat goes - she is still really blonde but the few dark areas are getting darker.
     
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  8. Ann

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    This is normal at Willow's age. Her real adult coat is probably coming in. That happens later with sables than other colors, and some don't really mature coat-wise until between 3 and 4. Once her coat is fully grown in, she won't get any darker, but what you're seeing is that process happening now.
     
  9. Piper's mom

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    Piper became a rich mahogany when he turned 3, before that he was a mousy brown. Finnie got a wee bit darker, more of a toffee colour but not as much of a change compared to Piper.
     
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  10. Diana Mccly

    Diana Mccly Forums Regular

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    we're only 5 months, but as his adult coat starts coming in it is a few shades darker then his puppy fuzz. we'll see if it keeps going. He has a mowhawk of adult fur coming in down his back. puppy and now
     
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