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Silvering doesn't usually start on the feet. It is most common around the eyes. Is Jojo's base color chocolate or black. You can tell not from her coat color but her skin color. if her nose and eye rims are black, her base color is black. If her eye rims and nose are brown, she is genetically chocolate. (which can happen, even with a black sire, as he could carry chocolate) I can't tell for sure from your avatar because it's small. She LOOKS like she is chocolate?
Silver comes in two types. If a dog gets two copies of the gene, they start silvering very early, and she would probably show a lot of silvering on her face before she went to her permanent home. So you'd know by now. If they carry only a single copy, expression can be all over the place. Not only in terms of how MUCH they show, but also in terms of WHEN it shows. We suspect that Pixel carries a single copy. We know it is in her family on both sides because there was a two-copy, BRIGHT silver in her litter. Often black puppies that are going to silver turn brownish in adolescence, and she did that. So we were excited to see what was going to happen. She developed a lovely wide streak of silver in her tail and tufts of silver behind each ear. ...And then they COMPLETELY went away again! LOL! So now she's our adorable, completely black dog again. (except for her tiny white markings she has had since birth)
I know other single-copy silvers who have alternated from black with a sprinkle of white hairs to a sort of charcoal color and back off and on through their lives. I haven't known many chocolates, and none that I know of that also carried the silver gene, but I would assume that expression would be similar, but just on the chocolate base. The only difference being that it would probably be harder to see on most chocolates just because most chocolates fade at least to some extent as they mature. And THAT is most likely what you are seeing on her feet, rather than silvering.
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