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Their coloring tends to come in with their adult coats.... with boys, that's around 3 or 4 years old.

And then as they get older (senior years) their coats change again and can become darker.
Looking at your sig pic it looks like Bertie has already darkened up quite a bit, or is that just the lighting? He's getting so big and beautiful!
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Looking at your sig pic it looks like Bertie has already darkened up quite a bit, or is that just the lighting? He's getting so big and beautiful!
It's the lighting.... you know how it is here in MI - absolutely no sun except for today - how lovely it was stepping out of work into the sun!

Bertie is exactly the same color as Jacks.

This is a truer pic....



I think Bertie will end up darker than Jacks. His mom was a reddish thing. And Jacks was a lot lighter than Bertie at the same age.

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Wyatt's feathering is lighter also. I didn't know there was a term for it. Does this tend to be unusual?
Well, it's just the term I was taught back in the 70's . It really isn't unusual but I think it is very pretty when there is that contrast between main body color and feathering.

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When we brought Nugget home at 9 weeks his breeder had registered him as "golden". I thought that she was in error because he was almost white. Now at age 2 1/2 he absolutely gold with a light reddish tint.

I remember my mother telling me that when I was born I had light blue eyes and when I turned 6 months old they turned the dark brown that they are today.

Now that I teach genetics I understand the mechanism of how genes (such as those for producing pigment) are switched on at the appropriate stage of development. The bottom line - pups darken as they mature.
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