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A cafe is a light brown or a dark creme? When I first got Ridick he was a very pretty chocolate color but he seems to be fading, kinda upset about that as the breeder told me he was a "standing" (I do believe that's what she called it, can't entirely remember) chocolate. Not that this will make me love him less I'm just curious on what color he may fade to. I know his father is a chocolate and white parti (saw him) and his mother is white. Here are some pictures, first is of him when I first brought him home and second is of him here recently.

It seems I have this luck with both my Spoos as Kima was supposed to fade to silver but the only hair that's faded is her face, a certain spot on both of her ears and legs. All the other hair is still black (minus her white patch on her chest and her paws) and not even looking like it's going to fade.


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His face being that light and not the color of his fur as a pup makes me think he'll continue to fade some.
My daughter's chocolate standard's mom was also white/cream and her dad was a chocoate. Meau was also pretty dark when she was a baby and she's been fading with time - she's just about 13 months old now. She's just about 9 weeks old in my avatar...

I'll see if I can download some more pictures, but it will have to wait until I get to my other computer where the pictures are stored. Her longer hair is still pretty dark, but where she's clipped shorter, it's almost a silver brown... Still beautiful to us!!
He looks like a brown just a brown that's fading. I think it happens in many of the colors even black.
Regardless of what any breeder of Poodles of colour tell you, none of us can guarantee that the colour will hold and not fade. In reds, and I would imagine in browns, there are dilute genes, non dilute genes, graying genes.... so while we breed dark to dark hoping for dark, or light to dark hoping for dark, you can never be sure what you are going to end up with. There is a DNA test for the non dilute gene, but there is no test available for the graying gene, so while a dog may test out showing it has the non dilute gene, it may also have the the graying gene which will make it and/or its puppies fade eventually. We have a red female who has faded considerably, but when bred to a darker boy (darker, not super dark) most of their puppies are a deep rich mahogany. Will they hold? Some will because their first litter is thirteen months old now and they have continued to darken to this day. Others have become a beautiful rich fiery red.

I believe that cafe au lait is light brown not dark cream, and I think your puppy will be cafe au lait when it is finished changing colour. There are breeders out there breeding for this colour, so it is sought after and pretty too.

Ahhhh...breeding dilutes can be fun!!
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