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Hello poodle pals!!!

so I’ve looked in this forum for info but still have more questions!!
I was told by Loki’s breeder he is a blue, which I fully trust her she was very intelligent and reputable and the sire was from another very reputable breeder.
It won’t bother me if Loki is not a blue and just black, love him all the same.
however, what does blue look like in the puppies? On the internet these dogs coloring almost look photo shopped to be light grey at like 3 months old.
Loki has always had a tinge if light brown on the tops of his fur (they were shaved off tonight for a summer cut). Do they reappear if he’s a true blue? Or only show once as a puppy and then the silver appears when he’s 2ish??

just confused on the blue coat change and how long it take and when it starts??
Photo below is him before cut where you can see the brown (hopefully). Is this indicative of a blue puppy? Or just lightening from the sun?? Because after his cut his fur is FULLY black but his face is still slightly light brown.
Any knowledge is welcomed!!!! And photos of you have a blue at this age!!!
 

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I’m no blue specialist but I started thinking Beckie might be turning blue last year, when she was 2. Now, at three years old, she is still changing colors. I guess she is now 60%-70% blue. I have a thread somewhere about it.

When she was younger, I didn’t really see a brown tint, except at the base of the tail and around the mouth, and I thought it was due to licking. She was never as brown as your guy.
 

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I'm fairly certain that my boy Neo is turning blue. He looked inky black as a puppy except for a reddish cast to his muzzle and ears mostly. Certain lighting made him look very not black at all.

Sometime last year I kept thinking I was seeing a change to his coloring and it finally dawned on me what was likely happening.

In Neo's case there were indications even as a pup but no noticeable change til he was a bit more than 2 years old.

Now in some lighting and some angles he seems quite smoky looking over most of his body. I understand that clearing can take several years but usually is within 2-3 years old, so Neo's a slow starter if he's turning blue.

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Afternoon sunlight September 2017, this lighting had an extreme effect on the color. Just over 4 months old.

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A few days later outside partly cloudy day. There's a bit of reddish cast around his mouth

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April 15 2020 almost 3 years old. If you magnify you'll see a hint of red on the sunlit ear and muzzle
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Same day, same photo session, different angles, different shading to his color now.
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Still, can't say positively he's turning blue vs bad black :(
 

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Thank you both!!! I see similarities in Neo's cost for sure around the mount the brown/red tint Loki’s has.
Thank you both again for sharing!! I think this color coat is very difficult to find solid answers for.
 

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i will try to attach a pic of my blue girl, Raven, at 14wks when I brought her home and as she is now at 6.5 yrs. As a baby the black fur had a rustiness to it in the sunlight and her face was always lighter than her body.
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My 2 year old male I adopted last summer is registered as a black mismark, but he is also going to end up blue, I believe. The previous owner called him a “seal black” but that brownish cast to his fur I think ws an indication he will fade. when I shaved him for the summer he was more charcoal than black on his hips.
 
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