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Sable Merle?

Discussion in 'Sheltie Colors' started by herecomeslondon, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. herecomeslondon

    herecomeslondon Forums Novice

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    Hi all! I got my sheltie puppy about 2 months ago, and when we got her she was very orange. Now, she’s 4 months old and developing lots of gray/silvery patches throughout her fur. Originally we thought she was a sable but we’re now wondering if she might be a sable Merle? Any help is appreciated!

    Here are some pictures: https://imgur.com/a/iEmtvuK
     
  2. Calliesmom

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    I think she's a sable only. the thing with brown/sable dogs is the fur is not just one shade of brown and most of the undercoat is more of a gray color and I think that's what you are seeing. Based on the very dark brown strip on her back and tail, I'll guess her coloration as an adult will be a lot like my girl. You can also look through other puppy threads here- there are lots of puppy pix to compare the color as they grow.
    the magic of the merle is it's very obvious in a small puppy and becomes less obvious as the fur grows in.
    I have a sable merle and a sable- not sure how many puppy pix I have of her (the sable) though.

    tiny smerle puppy
    vs regular sables and tris

    8 week smerle boy
    pic 1
    pic 2
    pic 3

    9 weeks
    pic 1

    ~4-5 months
    pic 1
    pic 2

    ~8-9 months
    pic 1
    pic 2

    adult coat

    sable girl
    ~7-8 weeks

    sable merle in the back and sable girl in front- the day that I brought her home at ~10 months

    adult coat
     
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  3. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Forums Enthusiast

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    Nice pics!
     
  4. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

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    thanks- I've shared a lot of them in previous posts but they do make a nice color series......
     
  5. Caro

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    Cute girl! I'm pretty sure that's shading she is showing. She may be a shaded sable (also called a mahogany sable), was one of her parents bi-black? Always helps to know the colouring of the parents. Most Shelties come with some level of shading though.
    Tully is a full shaded/mahogany sable - here she is at 6mths
    Tully 6  months.jpg
    Nowadays
    2018-09-11 23.29.02.jpg
     
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  6. Piper's mom

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    IMG_2339 (3).JPG IMG_1340.JPG Piper is a Mahogony sable...first pic is at 12 weeks, second is 3 years. He also had a very dark streak along his back. His sire carried the Tri-factor gene.
     
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  7. ghggp

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    Gosh, what a cutie Piper was as a pup! I LOVE Mahogany coloring on sables! My favorite as Mr. Chance was that coloration.
     
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    Piper was adorable...and very small (although I didn't know it at the time, him being my first Sheltie lol). I carried him everywhere, hence even now he loves to be carried lol.
     
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    ADORABLE!!!!
     
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  10. Hanne

    Hanne Forums Enthusiast

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    oh, Absolutely my favorite color - Piper was and is still beauty :yes:
     

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