So I was a little apprehensive about posting a whole new thread about Kubrick's colors, but he's been changing more and more lately and I just couldn't help myself. I'm having a hard time reconciling what to call him. At first I used to think he was sable (which is what his breeder thought) but now I can definitely say he is not. He has dark roots AND light roots, so there's no way he's sable (sables have dark tipping, no dark roots). Then I used to say Brindle, which seems very likely, except that he's unlike any Brindle in the Color of the Rainbow website and as I was digging around there today, I looked at the "Other" page and wow, doesn't Maggie look a LOT like Kubrick???
However, Kubrick is certainly not chocolate (solid black pigment here), so he's still not exactly like her... a tri-color would work, but maybe more specifically a tri-color brindle? He does have "stripes" of color. Anyway, in order to get all of your opinions (and I do want all your opinions), I took some close up pictures of Kubrick for you to check out. First, here are a couple of pictures of his body from far away so you can see what he looks like from afar:
You can tell that he looks like he has a mostly black body with cream underneath, on his paws, and on his head. Here's a closer look at his stripey back (posting all these large so you can see better):
And a close up of the roots... you can see that the black hairs go all the way to the root as do the cream/white hairs (so no sable tipping):
So, he has stripes, okay. But now, lately, the gold color (is it gold or orange or tan? I don't know) on his ears has been spreading! That's right, it's sprouting up EVERYWHERE. It was back in August, I think, that we were giving Kubrick a bath and we got a big surprise: he had little tiny gold/orange/tan/whatever you call it hairs sprouting up all over his body. These were all crinkly hairs that you could only see when he was wet as they were only maybe 1/4 of an inch). Well, now they've grown! And they form a sort of "halo" on his body that you can only see in person (or if I take a close up shot, which I did). To top it off, his mostly cream and black face (with gold on the ears only) is now striped gold/black/cream! It's actually incredible to see the difference between now and back then, though I don't have any great pictures of the before...
This is a shot of his back... do you see all the crinkly gold hairs on the top?
And a close up of his face... look at all that gold that has spread!
I'm still in shock over the color changes when seen up close... he still looks a lot like he did as a puppy if you're far away! So what do you guys think? Brindle? Tri-color? Tri-color Brindle? Which would you choose? Oh and just to be thorough, these are a couple of pictures of Kubrick as a puppy (I know you need these to tell color, right?):
In this one, he's the one closest to the camera:
Again, closest to the camera:
Sorry if you guys think this is boring... I find it fascinating to watch!