Everyone loves puppies! But have you noticed that a lot of times the fur of a puppy changes as they age? This means some puppies are born one color and as they grow up, the color fades and blend in with other colors.

What is Puppy Color Progression?

The color of the coat of a puppy is likely going to change. However, the markings and patterns will most likely stay the same, they just may not be as prominent if the colors fade and blend into each other.

When Does Color Progression Start?

This usually starts when they reach a year old. Now, remember, the puppy stage usually lasts until 2 or 3 years, but the coats start to change around one year. You could even see the color continue to change as they age, and of course, their fur will turn more grey as they get older, too.

Common Breeds

Not every breed really sees a color progression, but many breeds do.

Corgi puppy color progression is very common. Long-haired dogs are also more likely to see color changes, like the Shih Tzu.

Some other darker colors dogs such as the Dachshund and the Boxer are also a little darker when they are firstborn. They usually lighten up after a year or so and eventually will get some grey hairs, oftentimes around the face.

Don’t Panic!

Don’t be alarmed if your puppy really starts to lighten up. If you get a puppy from a breeder and looking for a specific color, always speak with them to know what to expect as they age. Obviously, rescue dogs will be hard to tell what will happen.

However, if an adult dog starts to change color and it isn’t graying, it could be something more serious like a health issue or exposure to too much sunlight. Always speak with your veterinarian, as there are special foods and supplements out there to help keep your pet’s coat healthy as can be.




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