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There is such great advice on this forum I thought I would ask a question that has been bugging me since we brought home Charlie.

I have been getting mixed reviews about his coat colour. How do you determine how dark a golden will be in adulthood?? One person I spoke with said that you can tell by the colour of the ears (Charlie's are a deep red, much darker than the rest of his coat. The pic doesn't do a good job of showing this....) and others say that the colour of the puppy's coat now is the colour that it will remain.

Does anybody have any insight on this?? Thanks :)
 

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He will definitely be red. The color of the tips of the ears is a very accurate way of telling what color the adult coat will be when it comes in. Puppies are almost always significantly lighter than what their adult coat will be.
 

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Weeelllll, not always... the color of the ears is usually pretty close to what the adult coat will be, but there are exceptions. My Zoom was a quite "red" puppy, yet is a medium gold adult. The undercoat can be lighter, and the furnishings, too. But generally, the ears are a fairly good indication of the color to come.
 

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I have been wondering this too. So will my Murphy get as dark as his ears? He is already over 4 months and I notice that his fur is blending more with his ears now, but I think his color is so nice right now, and it looks so good up against his ears. of course i will love him just the same.
Charlie is adorable!!!!!!!!
Sorry for hijacking this question.:sorry:

 

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Great info guys, thanks!!! I love the reds too so I am sooo pleased. And akinr, don't be sorry! I am just glad that someone else was wondering the same thing.... :)

He is SOOO cute, isn't he? lol! Very mischevious, but cute! I am so excited to watch him grow...... :D
 

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Charlie is ADORABLE. LOVE those redheads (ok, so I love the light colors too). Our two did true to the adult color being very close to their puppy ear color.
 

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He will definitely be dark.
That boy is gorgeous and his color even now is beautiful!!!

If you think he will be too dark for your liking, I could take him off your hands for you:)
I love the red ones!!!
My golden boy Ryder was a dark one.
 

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The ear tips are the best indicator, but as PG pointed out, they're not perfect. Our Comet ended up significantly darker than his ears indicated at first, and he has a lot of color contrast in his coat.

As a puppy:



At 18+ months:
 

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Tucker's coat matches his ears very well now, but his undercoat and feathering are much lighter than his top coat. He still has quite a way to go before he finishes filling out. He should be pretty close to having his full adult coat by spring. Both of his parents are very thick coated.

@ about 8 weeks:


@15 months
 

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I am looking at Scotty's baby picture and his body was very pale, but his ears were a little darker. Now is he is completely golden. Beauty is beauty! It don't matter what color; they're all gorgeous.
 

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The ear tips are the best indicator, but as PG pointed out, they're not perfect. Our Comet ended up significantly darker than his ears indicated at first, and he has a lot of color contrast in his coat.

As a puppy:



At 18+ months:
Oh man, I love my blondie to death, but Comet is something to be seen! What a rich, gorgeous shade of red.
 
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