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How to tell a puppy based on color?

Hey everyone, new to the forum and there are just to many threads to look through for my answer.

A year ago last week i put down my 12 year old golden. he was the best dog, he was a good range of gold on his back and blondish on his sides. my girlfriend got to know the last few years of his life and now she wants one, but a little darker.

HERES MY QUESTION! i have read that you can tell the color of a golden on his or her ears. for example they might be blonde but with really dark ears mean it will be a dark golden.

I have found some litters with 1 dark and 1 light parrent and i am trying to find her a puppy that will be end up being a bit darker.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. This forum can be a good place to share stories and celebrate the life of a Golden.

As far as your color question, the color of the parents has a strong influence on the color of the puppies, but sometimes you get a pretty big range of colors in a litter. The color of the tips of the ears is the best indicator of the color the dog will darken into.

I should say, though, that color is about the last thing you should consider when picking a pup. The quality of the parents (including health certifications), the breeder's practices, and the temperament of the pup himself should all take precedence.
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Very sorry to hear about your dog. My dog was very light when we picked him up and we were told that he would darken to the color of his ears and he has. His color has changed dramatically in the 3 months that we have had him.
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so your puppy had dark ears and was light and has been getting darker int he last few months?!
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dont worry tippykayak my mom works for a vet, she has been going through breaders with me...she wouldnt let me just get any dog haha.....we have been looking for the right one for a while, its going to be a graduation gift for my girlfriend, we have a 2 year old black lab....hes great, i have always had both labs and goldens, love em both, girl fell in love with goldens after only ever having german sheps....so golden it is!!!!!
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Color is superficial. Please pay close attention to the health clearances of the parents. That's so much more important than the dog's color. Wonderful goldens come in all shades, from very light to all shades of red. I've had several red goldens, and currently have a blonde. They've all been beautiful, but several have suffered from some of the common health problems in this breed: hip dysplasia, arthritis and cancer. All of my pups were rescues, so I have no info about their parents.
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it was more or less a question about how to tell color, not that i am only picking a dog based on color, i am sorry if there was confusion. I just was asking a question.
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I belive the darker Golden puppies tend to be more "beige" in fur and of course dark ears.

Lucky is on the light end of medium gold. His fur was very light at about 8 weeks and the color of his ears at 8 weeks is the color of his over-all coat now.
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so your puppy had dark ears and was light and has been getting darker int he last few months?!
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You can tell what color the dogs coat will be by the color of their ears when they are young. My dog had medium gold colored ears and a light body as a pup. She is now almost 2 years old and is a medium gold color and has a creamy colored tummy and tail. I believe that they don't have their permanent coat color until they are around two years old and they always get darker as they age never lighter. Although their faces will lighten or even whiten when they become seniors.

Can't wait to see your new puppy!

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