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the post about the black/blue puppy got me thinking. Which shades do you think are hardest to identify correctly in puppies?

I always think of light red/apricot as the hardest color to figure out. some of them lighten, and some of them darken. Some light reds are the same intensity as a dark apricot, but a different shade. To me, that's a hard color to pin down, and they change so much as they grow. My light red girl looked a lot like my neighbor's apricot at 10 weeks. Now, not at all. She's so much darker and more cinnamon-y.

That, or the sable-types. I'm shocked at the difference a couple of months makes, from dark to light.

How about you? Which colors of poodles surprise you most?
 

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What surprises me the most are the variations of parti’s, phantoms, tuxedos and mismarks that can be so striking on a poodle.
 

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My cafe girl Beatrice was hard to figure out especially since she had faux phantom patterns, you would never guess she et would have cleared as light as she had
 

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These two websites are fantastic to read and study, which I've used as handbooks since last December.

This first link is to a site by Dr. Sheila Schmutz, whom I think is retired now. She developed some of the genetic tests on color used today. Her site is rich with information and comparison photos:

Dog Coat Color Genetics: Genetics of Coat Color and Type in Dogs - Dr. Schmutz

This second site (with a similar name) is recommended as a resource by one of the OFA approved labs docs I emailed with questions back then. They like Jess's site b/c it's written in layman terms. It also has photos, and she creates the wonderful illustrative art and sells via her FB; she'll do the artwork of individual dogs (your own) on commission.

Dog Coat Colour Genetics - Jess Chappell
 
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