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Why do some black puppies fade to grey?

Submitted by on Aug 28, 2009 – 3:31 PMNo Comment

Both black and greying pumis are black at birth, and are registered as “black” in their pedigree. Sometimes there are grey-born puppies in litters as well, these are the “truly grey” pumis, but this is not desirable. Some experienced breeders are actually able to tell black puppies from black-born but greying puppies based on the light-reflection (shine) of the coat. But even if they can’t, the graying at the muzzle starts at a very early age and the final colour is reached by the time the dog is 12-18 months old. A woundFading pumis can look a bit funny at times, but they do not suffer any discrimination at dog shows since this is a well-known and natural process. The final colour of these pumis is genetically determined by the so-called silvering gene. Puppies without this silver factor will stay black, silver-factored puppies will become dark-grey or grey, and double silver-factored pumis will fade to silver-grey. Note that there are many variations even within these three main shades. New hair (i.e. hair that grows on wounds, see on the right) will also be black in the case of greying pumis, no matter how old they are, and will fade to grey with time.

For more information, read our article on Pumi colours.

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