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What color is he?

He has changed color a lot lately and is no longer all black, now he is half grey with some light chocolate on his face? Does this coloring have a name? Thanks!
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Don't know about the chocolate face, but his body looks likes he's silvering. He sure does have some funky shades going on, but is such a cute one. I'm sure someone more familiar with coloring will crime in. It so interesting to see that the puppy you started with may look entirely different as an adult. I wonder how many other breeds do this color transformation thing.


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Fred is a little like this coloring. His roots are silver black. When I cut him down he looks pretty gray. When his hair grows out, he gets blacker. Fred face also has the brown, but I just think that's beard staining





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The brown on the muzzle are stains. I can't tell exactly but if he keeps getting more grey, he could be silvering. Another option would be a Havana brown with poor pigmentation.
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The brown on the muzzle are stains. I can't tell exactly but if he keeps getting more grey, he could be silvering. Another option would be a Havana brown with poor pigmentation.
Is there any way to remove the stains? I would love to see what color they are underneath.

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Is there any way to remove the stains? I would love to see what color they are underneath.
Mouth/beard stains are notoriously difficult to get rid of. It could be caused by food, water, s
Or saliva. On dark hair it can be difficult bc some whitening shampoos can have a bleaching agent in them which can strip the hair follicle and lighten the actual color of the hair. The easiest way to tell what color it probably is is to look at the skin pigment. If it's dark just like where he is dark on the rest of him, the hair is probably the same color as what most of his body is. If it's pink then it's probably white hair.
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Either Black Brindle, or Blue, depending on what it does as it grows out. Blue if it stays like that, Black Brindle if it goes back and forth as it grows. They're learning more about color genetics every day, but as of now, still don't have all the answers..
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Tom, if he has a true back nose, he is not a blue, but it's hard to tell through the camera and computer.
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Sorry, *black nose
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I know there are some with Blue pigment, but that's another story. The mixed black and silver hairs has been called "Blue" a lot longer than anyone has seen blue pigment. Most of the time, it seems like these are what's considered Black Brindle now, but some, like our Frolic, do stay the salt and pepper color all the time, and that is commonly called Blue. There are no fixed answers for a lot of the color stuff yet. I'm sure a lot of it will change in the next few years.
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