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I have noticed that since we have gotten Milla her color has changed. When we first got her she was pretty light and now her fur is getting more red. I dont know what her dad looked like, but her mom was a pretty red. I cant post pics from where I am at right now, but here is a link to my first post with pics of her. http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/golden-retriever-puppy-up-1-year/124230-pics-my-little-girl.html

As you can see in my 2nd SIG pic, she is much more red now. The first SIG pic is slightly altered (although only a little bit) and from about a month ago, so dont go by that one.

Is it normal for their fur to get darker with age?
 

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They generally darken to about the color of their ears at the 7-8 week age, although I have seen some European bred dogs who remain quite light while their ears are pretty red.
 

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I've always heard that they darken a little with age. One thing that I've noticed with Cookie is that her coat color seems to vary so much depending on the environment - for example, she looks almost dark red when we are outside in the snow, but much lighter she she is laying on the our hardwood floor.
 

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They generally darken to about the color of their ears at the 7-8 week age, although I have seen some European bred dogs who remain quite light while their ears are pretty red.
That is what we've seen with Kirby as well. At 19 months, his overall color is about the same as the tips of his ears were when we brought him home at 8 weeks. His feathering does tend to be lighter though.
 

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yup it's normal from my experience.

I forgot when this one was taken but I think he was about 5mo:



Here's his fur color today:



Had anyone told me his fur would end up as dark and golden as it is now I wouldn't have believed you. Also their eyes change color as well. It's hard to see but in his puppy pic his eyes were almost all black, now he has a brown iris.
 

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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.
 

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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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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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