German Shepherd Dog > GERMAN SHEPHERD CHANGING COLOR? (11 replies)

by HUNTERED on 14 November 2012 - 20:11

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Hello,
I bought a German Shepherd female a few months ago when she was 7 months old and she was Black and dark Red, and now she is 19 mo. and her color has change from dark red to a light red or dark tan, is this normal or has something to do with the food or something else?
She is pure German Shepherd. Akc Reg.

Thank you.
Ivan.

by Ibrahim on 14 November 2012 - 20:11

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You can make edit in your above post, rewrite your post and submit

by Hundmutter on 14 November 2012 - 22:11

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Huntered, the colours on GSD puppies is always subject to change, you never know
exactly what you are getting until after the full 'adult' coat has come through.
Not at all surprising that she was a deeper red at 7 mths than she is now.  She will
have been even deeper red as a baby puppy.  BTW it tends to change again when
they start to get old, she may pale out a lot by the time she is 7 yrs or so.

by EuroShepherd on 15 November 2012 - 01:11

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They absolutely will change.  In females, I've noted that the intensity of their tan/red color can change during/after cycles, also seen color intensity change through the seasons.  

I kept two pups from my first litter, the male had a lovely rich golden tan color and the female was a typical WGS red when they were puppies.   Now they are adults, the male is a very rich intense red color and the female is a reddish tan color.  So the male darkened and the female lightened.  

by HUNTERED on 15 November 2012 - 16:11

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Thank you guys for you replies, I just hope the our new addition doesn not change that much, I really like his dark red color but for wnat I can hear from you there is not guarantee that the red is going to stay.
Ivan

by SitasMom on 15 November 2012 - 18:11

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conformaiton line puppies are born almost all black, as they mature the black withdraws and red/orange/tan replace until they get the typical pattern.

when shedding, their color fades a bit until the new coat comes in.

by jade on 15 November 2012 - 21:11

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it is quite possible the mentioned hund was fed carrots by the seller or the product.. olewo.. was being used..its a carrot concentrate which is used by lots of high line breeders in europe..it can really  change the pigment to a redder color..  try it ..puree raw carrots or steamed carrots or they will not be digested. i used on an import i once had and the previous owner could not reconize him..

by Hundmutter on 17 November 2012 - 17:11

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Jade - that would be such a sneaky trick to pull on a buyer !  Hope that isn't
what happened here Wondering.

I like Olewo; have used / seen it used quite a lot;  can't say I ever noticed it
creating all that much difference in colour, maybe a little.

by blackfurbabe on 17 November 2012 - 21:11

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I always wondered how they got liver german shepherds lol.

by Hundmutter on 17 November 2012 - 22:11

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ha ha.

by PINERIDGE on 18 November 2012 - 02:11

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my "reddish" female - lightened up considerably over the past almost  8 years -- she also has a lot of salt/pepper on her topline - which I'm not crazy about. -- I also owned the "repeat" breeding of her mother  who was quite reddish on her tan parts - and she stayed a rich "red/brown" color into adulthood.   I've had other dogs who are one shade of tan in the winter and a different color in the summer --  I don't consider any of these circumstances "fading pigment"  -- I'm looking thru my pcs for a good example of "fading pigment"--  which would be more on the order of a bitch that starts out black/tan - black/red - and by the time they are 2-3 -- they can be mistaken for a sable --- that's bad !!


is the OPs dog in the database????  always interested in the "background"...   

by PINERIDGE on 18 November 2012 - 02:11

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oh - and my puppy eats carrots for "chew toys" - and poops out little bits of carrot -  but he doesn't need any help being red !!!  he just keeps getting darker (thanks' to his daddy)..



and if I'm not mistaken -  aren't there some warnings somewhere about using too much OLEWO type products?  as the carotine can have a negative impact on the liver? or some other organs?
 

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