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    DefaultDo Puppies Change Color?

    My Husband saw our chocolate puppy today and he said that the color of his fur is changing.

    The pup has lighter brown patches on him.

    Is this normal?

    I won't see pictures until tomorrow, but this sounds pretty strange to me.

    Does this have to do with losing puppy fur?

    I'm 100% positive he's purebred, I've seen the parents and my husband knows and works with the breeders, and they are trustworthy. There is AKC paperwork also.

    Should I be concerned?

    Thanks!

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    how old is your puppy?

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by risingphoenix
    how old is your puppy?
    4 weeks old.

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    Maybe the paint is washing out and it's a Dalmation LOL

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    aliie's mom- in case your concerns aren't that your puppy is a dalmation- let me add this- we got our female chocolate puppy 5 weeks ago- she was 10 weeks old at the time- she had a light medium chocolate coat, but the outer "guard-hairs"- the longer ones on her back and sides were very dark chocolate. She looked kind of "two-toned." I was like- hmmmmmm. But......in the last 5 weeks- she has developed a gorgeous, silky, all-over deep dark chocolate coat. I think maybe they grow into it.

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    DalmatiAn, there is no O in Dalmatian.

    Yes dogs can change color a bit depending on the season. My dark yellow boy is lighter in the summer than he is in the winter due to undercoat.



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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    Lexismom has a choc...Lexi. We saw her over the weekend and she was lighter in color than when we saw her at Christmas time.
    Deb said she loves to bake in the sun in the front yard.

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    The patches of coat might be his undercoat. The undercoat is usually a lighter, rusty color. As he is only 4 weeks old maybe he hasn't developed his full coat yet?

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    Cinnamon bleaches to a lighter color in the summer but blame it on the sun and chlorine from the pool.

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    DefaultRe: Do Puppies Change Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by WeHeartLabs
    Lexismom has a choc...Lexi. We saw her over the weekend and she was lighter in color than when we saw her at Christmas time.
    Deb said she loves to bake in the sun in the front yard.
    When I got my chocolate, Lexi (she's a rescue) she had been a stray in Louisiana. The rescue told me that chocolate labs coats, sort of like a burnette's hair, will get lighter when they spend alot of time outside, especially in the sun.

    Like Susan said, with the warmer weather & my working from home now, Lexi is spending more time outside during the day. I'll often find her sprawled out in the lawn sleeping in the sun, which is make her coat lighten up.

    My pretty girl, Lexi!

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