I just started to notice that Diesel's undercoat on his lower back near his tail has tinges of chocolate that are quite noticeable. Is this normal for a black? I googled it & the only explanation I found really was this...
" Some mature black Labradors will have a red or orange hue to their coats at certain times of the year. This is known as casting. Casting can occur when the Lab is shedding and the hair is dead but also can be a result of bleaching from prolonged exposure to the sun. "
But not sure how true that is so figured I'd ask the experts.
EM's fur (black) when shedding/blowing coat has a brown tint to it. I always thought it was the "dead" undercoat being shed??
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My first lab Casey was black and she had the same brownish coat down near her tail. I never really questioned why it was, so it will be interesting to see the responses.
What color is the skin around the eyes and the lips? My black lab is a chocolate (mother) and black (father) product. She has a chocolate undercoat and brown lips and skin around her eyes. All 7 puppies in the litter were black.
My ice cubes have chocolate fur undertones.
Belle was from a chocolate Dad and Yellow Mom, had only yellow and black in the litter. She has black toenails, black under eyes, but liver nose in the winter. It changes back to black in summer.
FYI, doesn't matter what color the parents were. If you have a chocolate parent and a black parent, if the dog's fur is black it's a black dog. Coat can turn colors due to sun, shed, stress, chemicals (pool/ocean)...
My dark chocolate boy has lighter brown/red fur by his tail.