Saturday, 25 October 2014

Color changing huskies?

Hiya everyone!
Welcome to another fabulous week of all things husky! You may remember last Saturday I left off with a fact about huskies, and told you I would have the explanation this week.

So, my post today is reflecting from last weeks Siberian Saturday.

A huskies appearance can hugely change from the time they are newborn, to about 1 year old

When you adopt a husky puppy, what you see is definitely not what you get.
Of course, there are certain traits that will stay the same such as their mask, however a lot of the time, their mask can get much lighter as they reach adult, and I have even seen them get darker as well.

A wonderful example of this is my girl, Lexus.

She was a very light creamy sable color, with light raccoon rings around her eyes.
She turned 2 earlier this year and as you can see from the photo, her fur has turned to a dark sable and black color, and the rings around her eyes are much darker from before.
Though she will never loose those bright blues!

You can really see the difference in the above collage.
She has changed so much since she was a young pup, and through all of her adorable stages, she has turned out to be such a gorgeous model husky!

My boy Koda has changed a small amount, but not nearly as much as Lexus.

He has always had that same black patch over his eye.
His fur was a lot lighter as a pup though, it is now black and white rather than the faded black and white.

Throughout my research on how and why huskies change so much, I have learned that the darker colored dogs change much less than a sable color or a grey.

You could potentially adopt a very light grey husky puppy and she could very well end up being almost black in color by the time she is 1 year old.

One more thing to keep in mind, is that (as I have talked about before), a Siberian Husky sheds their inner coat a couple times a year, when this happens their fur will appear lighter, but as the seasons change, they will darken once again.

What you see is not always what you get. At least, not with Siberian Huskies!

Since it is Saturday, that means it is also time for Sepia Saturday.
A blog hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and his new co host Earl and Ethel.

This week for my sepia photo, I edited one of the photos from this post.

This is one of my all time fav photos of Lexus.
I have edited it with sepia, and did a couple color pops.

Thanks so much for coming by, and we will see you Monday!

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  1. That is so neat! I love how their colors change!

  2. That is fascinating. Lexus looks very different.
    Great Pyrenees change as we grow up, but the changes are not nearly as drastic! I have dark markings around my eyes, but when I was a pup they covered a lot of my face. We tend to grow, but the markings stay the size they were so they seem a lot smaller.

    1. I did not know that about Pyr's! Thanks for the info!

  3. Now the colour changing thing is something we did not know. How interesting. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Wow, I cannot believe how MUCH Lex's color changed as she got older! That is a really significant change. My girl Isis looks so different from when she was a puppy, but mainly it's her facial markings that have changed significantly more than her coat color. She had a big dark mask around her eyes, now it's much less pronounced. p.s. I love your animated sled graphic!
    Love & biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe

    1. I know! I was actually shocked when I was looking through her life stages photos for this post. She has changed so much!!

  5. Hi there!

    Thanks so much for joining Ruckus & Earl and Ethel for Sepia Saturday!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

  6. Wow, it's amazing how much Lexus has changed. I've never researched it, but beagles seem to change a lot too, although mostly in the face I think. Both Cricket and Kobi had much darker colors on their heads when they were puppies. It seems like the black recedes to be replaced by brown, and then white as they really get older.
    Do the huskies' coats get thicker as they get older too? I noticed when looking at puppy photos of Sheba that her fur was thinner and shorter when she was younger.
    Love the sepia photo!!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

    1. Oh I didn't realize that beagles changed too!
      Yes their fur gets thick, when they blow their first coat out, once it grows back it is much thicker than before.

      Thanks! Glad you like the sepia!!!

  7. That is fascinating. I wonder why the changes happen. Your husky babies are gorgeous! I had a poodle puppy many years ago, and she was born apricot color, but by the time she was an adult, she was mostly beige, with a slightly apricot stripe down her back, and apricot ears!

    from MatildasJourney.com

    1. You know, I tried so hard to find an answer for that too, but I just couldn't find a solid reason why this happens!

      I think someone in these comments earlier mentioned the fact that poodles change as well!

  8. Lexus really has changed a bunch! She's such a gorgeous girl.

  9. Wow! I can't believe how much Lexus changed throughout her life!
    Siamese cats change slightly in color. When they are kittens, they tend to be lighter in color, but when they grow older, their colors darken. Mikko was so light colored when he was a kitten, but now he is so dark!
    Have a pawsome day!
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

  10. Siberians are just amazing with all their colors. Phantom had a full mask as a puppy, hence his name:) But he lost it until he got older when the dark marks at the inside corners of his eyes reappeared. He also was jet black and white as a youngster but is now what is called dilate black (Mom says he has a lot of gray now:)

    And Ciara's coat changes all the time. Sometimes she is like a sherbet orange or strawberry blond and other times more of a burnt sienna brown.

    And then there is Lightning - white all the time (except for the muddy paws:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

    1. They are definitely a super interesting breed!!
      Strange about Phantom!!

  11. Color of Sibes is indeed a very deep topic...lets do something together...

    1. Agreed! It definitely is!!
      You peaked my interest! What do you have in mind?

  12. Wow! That is so cool. She looks so different than she did as a pup but still gorgeous. ♥

  13. She is a beautiful dog Jenna! It is amazing how much she has changed...she looks like a different dog!!

    1. Aw thanks!!!
      Yes, I was quite shocked when I was looking through all of these photos for this post! I knew she changed, but it really shows once you put them side by side!

  14. I didn't realize how much they can change, it's quite amazing to think a puppy such as your Lexi can end up with different coloring. She's absolutely gorgeous no matter what - I just think it's funny that if I were to have a dog like Lexi I might wake up one day and say "didn't she used to be lighter?" and have no idea what happened. You learn something new everyday.

    1. hahahaha!!!!! I know!! She was once such a light cream color, and is totally different now! It is truly amazing!

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    1. It really is!
      Thanks so much for stopping by today Jen!

  16. My colouring has changed too, it's amazing to see how much

    1. It really is!
      Once you put all the photos together, it is truly amazing!

  17. You guys change colour over time? MOUSES! Only bit of me that has changed colour is a little patch of sparkling white hair on my back that used to be black. Happened after my fur was shaved there when I had my surgery, last year.


    NO, Peepers. It's not grey! It's white. And Doctor Teresa said that happens sometimes after havin' the fur shaved for a pain patch like I did. But if I was goin' grey... IF... it would likely be because of somethin' you did, Peepers. Yup, I'm sure of that, for sure.

  18. What a change, Gambler will change in summer and winter too. He is light in the summer and dark in the winter.

  19. My husky had a grey mask when she was a pup but she went completely white by the time she was 3! The only colour she has is a grey strip running down her back! If I show puppy pics of her noone believes it's the same dog! It's crazy!


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